People can be really smart or have skills that are directly applicable, but if they don’t really believe in it, then they are not going to really work hard.
I got my first computer in the 6th grade or so. As soon as I got it, I was interested in finding out how it worked and how the programs worked and then figuring out how to write programs at just deeper and deeper levels within the system.
This is a perverse thing, personally, but I would rather be in the cycle where people are underestimating us. It gives us latitude to go out and make big bets that excite and amaze people.
A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.