A Learners Fight: Adaptation vs. Education

Education saves time. Adaptation sharpens instincts.

Daniel Bourke


My grades sucked at high school.

And I failed my first two years of university.

Then got top of the class for the next three years.

In school I’d rather play Call of Duty than do assignments or study for a test.

I ran the best Esports team in Australia before they called it Esports.

Me and a few school friends.

Every night we’d get on and play for hours making strategies and practicing.

We had to. The match was on Friday and again on Saturday if we won. Against other good teams. And they’d be doing similar things.

I was smart enough to pass an exam when I needed to.

Or smart enough to use my Dad’s login (he was a teacher at the school) to hack the smarter kids’ accounts and steal their assignments and copy them and make their work better in enough places to get good marks and not get caught.

At university I was more interested in girls than classes.

My first year I kept pinching myself.

You don’t have to go to the classes?

I can just sit here under this tree and talk to pretty girls?

Hell yeah.

So I did.

But talking to girls will only teach you 25% of biology so I failed the rest.

Then one of the girls broke my heart (not her fault, I was young and fell in love for the first time).

And I got into lifting weights.

I wanted to get big. Real big. Filling a void with gravity and countless reps.

To help get big I started studying nutrition in my own time.

Lifted more weights.

Learned how you can manipulate your physiology with food. But also how large companies manipulate your physiology with their food.

After three semesters of failing, the Dean of Science called me in and asked me why I was failing.

I blamed it on my Dad being sick but it was really because none of the materials excited me.

He asked me what I was curious about.