There's possibly a real name for this, but I don't know what it is. I've noticed a tendency where people who clearly have tons of natural talent will jump straight into the advanced stuff in their field and have a lot of success right away, but as a result they never master the basics. Flashy advanced moves, no fundamentals, hence I'm calling it "Cobra Kai Syndrome" until I find out an existing name for it. I don't think it's about how young someone is when they hit success or how long it takes them to become successful per se--only that becoming too successful before they master the basics stops them from ever mastering those basics. A couple of prominent examples in my mind: Rob Liefeld: Comes up with some pretty cool characters. Extremely talented at linework and detailing. Has a natural sense of dynamism. Master of the 1990s "edgy" comics aesthetic. Got scouted by Todd McFarlane and boosted to career stardom before he could learn the framework those things should be built on. He never learned anatomy or perspective, so he has no idea how to draw feet or where to actually put all those cool shading and musculature details he's so good at drawing. J. J. Abrams: Good eye for composition when he's not spamming lens flares or trying too hard to get creative. Knows what will look cool in an action scene. Works really well with actors and is able to draw performances out of them that are fun and endear the characters to the audience. Still hasn't figured out why a plot is important or how it works. This leads to films (and TV) consisting of a lot of scenes that, while great individually, don't always seem to follow a natural progression of events. His seat-of-the-pants "what's a plot" approach leads him to lean too hard on creating a forced sense of mystery or trying to surprise the audience. It hampers his ability to present useful contexts or build up to meaningful payoffs for the characters he's so good at drawing out of his actors. This is of course my interpretation, and there's no proof that these people would have ever mastered the basics even had they not become super-successful. But I think it does have some explanatory merit. Has anyone else noticed this type of effect from natural talent and too much success?