Late Bloomers vs Prodigies
Prodigies are easy. They advertise their genius from the get-go. Late bloomers are hard. They require forbearance and blind faith.
Prodigies rarely engage in open-ended exploration. They tend to be 'conceptual'... in the sense that they start with a clear idea of where they want to go, and then they execute it.
But late bloomers tend to work the other way around. Their approach is experimental. Their goals are imprecise, so their procedure is tentative and incremental.
This is the final lesson of the late bloomer: his or her success is highly contingent on the efforts of others.
--Malcolm Gladwell, What the Dog Saw