What I learned over a year
Chasing knowledge vs chasing money

Hi everyone, how is it going?

It has been a year since I arrived in Melbourne for studying overseas. Honestly, I learned a lot of things over a year. Therefore, I would like to share what I learned so far. Hopefully, you will gain some knowledge once getting into this post. Ok, let’s get started!

1. Read – Write – Listen

READ: I would say that I read a lot over a year. I spend at least an hour on reading books and at least three hours on plowing through many online materials related to my study fields every day. I realize that the great way to improve my understandings and personality is ‘READING’. I know most people say that listening and watching are two easy methods to approach new knowledge. However, I partly disagree with that because I think reading is the easiest way once I want to understand some new and complex problems or experience real-world practice. “The more you read, the more things you learn and the more places you will go” – Unknown author.

WRITE: I realize that writing is a great method to maintain my understandings. Not only that but it also the way that allows me to share what I learned from books and materials and get back many opinions and comments from others. It makes me understand how people think of what I shared in different ways.

LISTEN: Not only reading and writing but I also listen a lot. When I am alone, I tend to listen to podcasts and YouTube. However, I like to dig into a deep talk with each other since I can learn many at the time they talk. Most people ask me the reason why I am so quiet in the conversation. The reason is that I like to let people share all of their ideas before giving my opinions about that. Moreover, I can clearly understand the conversation and personality of each other. Importantly, I do not tend to communicate more and give a deeply talk once I do not understand enough the personality of the person I am talking with.ย  It is like some kind of respect.

2. Perseverance

Aside from all things above, I also learned how to be patient with what I am doing. I know that the difference between the CEO of a big company and the CEO of the small one is the distance of perseverance and patience. Therefore, I train myself to deal with the challenge and not easy to give up what I am doing. To do that, I usually encourage myself to complete the remaining 10% once I feel discouraged. Moreover, I also ask myself the reason why I get started once I seem to give up. I remember that I was so discouraged at the first time I learned programming because it was a tough thing with a beginner who has not had the fundamental concept before. However, I always asked myself the reason why I got into programming, and I then tried many different things to deal with the challenge since I believed that my goals would come true if I gave a try. And now, it is actually coming true once I feel confident with my programming skill. Nevertheless, it does not stop there, I continue on improving my skill sets since I believe that my other goals will come true in the future. It is like you set and achieve many small goals to complete or achieve your big goal. Yeah, I would say that this perseverance helps me earn the trust of my friends, including my Ph.D. lecturers, and importantly myself.

3. Crave for knowledge first, then money

I see that most international and domestic students spend their time more on working some part-time jobs related to hospitality and sales rather than on learning. I know that they have to pay for rent and their “desired things”. I am so empathic with that. When I write to this line, I would like to thank my relatives who have been supporting me for accommodation and food without expectation up to now. Due to that, I can focus 80-100% on learning in order to reach my big goal step by step. Back to the topic, if you are a university student and reading this post, I highly recommend that you should spend more time on learning, not on working as a “basic” job because you can earn better than that later if you focus on learning. For example, you are now spending 20-30 hours a week on doing a job with $10-18/hour, and your maximum salary next 5 years (or after graduating) will be able to evaluate at $25-40/hour. However, I think it would be different when you spend 60-100% of that 20-30 hours per week on learning with 0 income for now, and your maximum salary next 5 years will be able to evaluate at $60-100/hour or more than this. Let’s add this figure to the long-term image (5-10 years), you can absolutely understand what I mean. Therefore, you should chase knowledge first before chasing money. When writing to this line, I would like to thank my lecturer who is also my good Ph.D. friend now because he has been supporting me a lot up to now, and I honestly appreciate that.

“When you are young (20-29 years old), you have to improve your knowledge and gain experience as many as possible. Because you will be in the different fields in the next 10 years of that” – Unknown author

That’s all for this post. However, it does not stop here. I will publish more posts on this topic next week. Hopefully, you can learn something from this post.

Thank you for reading.

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