I knew this guy from K-12 who was easily the fastest learner I've ever met in my life. This guy spent his entire school day dicking around, talking, playing games, cutting class, getting kicked out of class, and repeatedly getting in trouble with teachers because he paid absolutely no attention to what he was supposed to be doing. He'd learn and master a new concept after doing an exercise question or two, he didn't study for anything except midterms/finals, and his quiz papers were packed with random numbers that didn't resemble what the textbook or teachers would teach us... yet he'd still get excellent grades. I don't believe that he was secretly studying the entire time, because he could and would fail spectacularly on tests after spending the entire month in class playing video games under his desk. This guy just didn't care at all. I just struggled through second year university (studying general science) and I only manage to pull off a 70% average despite working my *** off all day every day. Recently I heard from this guy again and he told me that he failed out of university because he spent the entire time playing vide games. I'm shocked. How can I expect to compete when someone like this fails out of unversity? I can't help but feel this horrible "he finally got what was coming to him feeling', but I wish I didn't. He was never a dick about it. He was honestly one of the kindest people I knew growing up: he had no problem helping anyone if they asked for it and he was nice to anyone who spoke to him. Not many people did, though, because honestly, he was weird as **** and somewhat intimidating. He's one of those people who you can't help but feel horribly stupid around, even though he never called anyone else stupid or downtalked them. What the hell am I supposed to do? I feel like people will just outclass me by the time I'm finished with school. I'm scared that I'll never be able to compete as a professional when there are people like that guy who can absolutely outclass me in every way.