"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he shall not depart from it", says "the Preacher" in the Biblical book of Proverbs, chapter 22, sixth verse.
We search for meaning and fulfillment in life. Discovering our gifts and talents early can be to our advantage - if we follow a path of potential realization consistent with who we really are, we'll "never work a day in our life", because we will do what we love, because it is what we are.
My son Elgan once got the VCR to eject the tape with the remote control - yet there was no eject button on the remote. To this day his mother and I chuckle because it was one of the earliest indicators we recognized - Elgan had a knack for understanding how things work.
Last week we took a trip to the Ontario Science Centre (well worth the membership we have, great for when kids are home from school and looking for something to do). We visited the K'nex area at around 4pm and Elgan decided he was going to build a Ferris wheel. By 4:50 he was pretty much done. Planning, designing and then building within a budget (in this case, the materials available and the time alotted), check, check, check. I had no idea what he had in mind, or what it was going to look like, and his final product was quite remarkable. The video attached shows its functionality.
Every indication is that "the way he should go" is engineering school.