I liked a story Gaku Homma sensei tells about kids. A young student wasn't doing well in his academic studies and the parents talked to Homma sensei. He, in turn, talked to the student, and found that there was an extreme lack of interest on the student's part.
He told the student to just pretend to pay attention, even if he really wasn't -- just fake it.
You see where this goes, the student's grades went up dramatically because though he started faking, he eventually did pay attention.
I think this is how fungal budo can be.
(I love that word, incorporating into my lexicon now...)