Perfectionist children are likely to have a passion for their work; that’s probably why they embarked on it to begin with. The problem starts when they learn enough about it to realize how much more they need to know.
Then they discover how proficient the experts are, compare their own less-developed ability, and shut down. Typically they refuse to listen to reason: “But you’re only twelve. So-and-so is seventy-five and has had his whole life to gain his skill.”
What do we do against this apparent dead end?