There is a proverb "나무도 쓸 만한 것이 먼저 베인다" in Korean.
The literal meaning of ths saying is that the useful tree is cut down first.
However, it has two different kinds of meanings.
It is used in positive meaning that a talented person would be always slected first, and be assigned important jobs.
And sometimes, it is used in negative meaning that a talented person might be dying earlier than normal person.