Source: PBS, Jul 2014
They teach themselves from an early age, have many deep interests, rather than just one. And they are very persistent, even in the face of rejection.
… many of these highly creative people are autodidacts. They are people who teach themselves. That makes them almost misfits in the educational system that they get put into. It would be nice if educators were aware of the existence of autodidacts and the need to give them slightly different education experiences, to nurture them.