Tiger kids don’t want to learn, improve, or get better at math or tennis, they just want to be better than the next kid. To “beat” that kid. Do the tiger kids want to solve problems and save the world, or just win the spelling bee or a piano competition. What the heck is a piano competition anyway?
Educators (and admissions offices) who “get it”, call this extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivation.
Would it be much better to cooperate and team-up with that other kid?