Why Do Child Prodigies Fizzle Out?
Instead of giving direct answers, David Shenk implied his answers and I'm not satisfied with them anyway. My answer: they fizzle mostly because of the way their parents or custodians handle them. Give them just one big puzzling life problem then watch them fizzle out. Cumulative small problems will surely do that too
'...The reason that’s really important to point out is that they’re great at a technical skill - and I’m not trying to take away from what they do because obviously it is amazing to watch - but it’s important to realize that for example when you look at Mozart, yes, he was performing for kings and queens when he was 5, 6 years-old, but his performances could not be compared to a great violinist of 25 or 30 years-old.
'It couldn’t be then and it certainly couldn’t be now. Another point to make is that with the Suzuki method and other methods now there are many, many, many performers now who are performing at that age, 5 and 6 years-old, 7 years-old as good or better than what Mozart did when he was a kid...'