How I Changed the Way I Study

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“When you have a lot of confidence and you feel like nobody can beat you, it’s game over for everyone else.” — Jason Day

In general, I have never been an active participant on LinkedIn until recent. In June 2021, I got certified as an AWS DevOps Engineer and posted my certificate on LinkedIn; it got a decent number of likes and comments. The surge of requests in my inbox for suggestions for preparing for the certifications raised a feeling of inadequacy. Although I previously helped several colleagues with their cloud journey kickoff, I felt incompetent. The idea that I will not be able to not reply to questions regarding what I claim to be knowledgeable in was crippling. Fear drove my productivity away. I did not feel comfortable talking about my achievements, fearing that someone would point out that I was not as competent as I claim to be.

  1. I pushed myself to do too much daily — I tried to work more than the required 1-hour per day and disliked spending ten minutes to study by the end of the eighth day.
  2. I did not recognize that learning is a journey and not a final destination — I bought a Udemy course; it became a measure of my capabilities. I scheduled it so that I needed to complete it by the end of day twenty-five. Not being able to do more than a specific number of videos discouraged me; it became a vicious cycle of self-loathing.
  1. I set Specific and Measurable Results (SMR) — I cut down 100 days to 30 days and set up a monthly structured study plan. Rather than focusing on the course completion, I am concentrating on conceptual understanding.
  2. I started blogging and creating content — It played a substantial role in helping me overcome my insecurities. Three weeks prior, I started posting content about various topics related to AWS, both on Medium and LinkedIn, wherein I found a passion for content creation. I am not going to lie; the likes and comments boosted my confidence.
  3. Not reprimanding myself for missing a day — If I forego a day of study, I don’t belittle myself for not getting anything done. I make up for it the next day.
  4. Showing up for it — Once I started showing up to study daily, it became easier to pick it back up the next day. Subsequently, I was motivated to complete any other tasks scheduled on my to-do list post the study session.
  5. Do not compare — Comparing yourself to people who are in the same field is detrimental. Know your worth and focus on that.

Being confident about your knowledge trumps knowing 100% of any topic;

Figure out what learning plan works for you, set measurable goals and tell yourself that you are no less than anyone. The feeling of inadequacy is something that I wouldn’t wish on my enemies. Stick to whatever you are pursuing — hard work pays off. Keep reminding yourself that you are worthy of being where you are. Moreover, you are capable of achieving better.

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