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Ismail Musharaf - Why I Took Control of My Learning Skills and How You Can Too!

Dive: Scholar - Lifelong Learner
Description: Always learning
Level: Level 1
Level Requirements: Has read at least 5 educational books AND attended 3 educational programs in one year
Certified On: Apr 24, 2022

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Ismail Musharaf

Name: Ismail Musharaf Break Diving Level: Recruit Number of Certified Dives: 2 From: India In: India

1. When and Why Did You Decide to Pursue This Dive At This Level? What was your inspiration and motivation?

I believe this is a dive that everyone is pursuing along their life. We are humans. we will learn things until we die. But, the difference is when you acknowledge that you're a lifelong learner, then, you can control what you learn or how you learn and make useful outcomes from it. 

I realized this when I was in my College. Before college, I wasn't interested in my School studies and was really bad at it.  Even though I was interested in learning things like history, politics, and software more than everything.  I just wanted to learn things in my way. 

After taking Computer Science major in College. I wanted to be serious about it.  I didn't want to make the same mistakes from school here. and one of the difficulties I had in college was Mathematics.   I found that most of the teachers in my college were really bad at teaching, except the Math and Statistics teachers.  They inspired me a lot.  

I started to learn Math and Computer Science from Online courses.  On the journey, I learned a lot.  I was researching about how the brain works, how I can learn faster, learning how to learn, etc. 

I fell in love with Online courses actually.  As a result, I got access to top quality courses from MIT, Stanford, and Harvard for free.  I learned from them. It made me feel very good.

2. How Long Did It Take For You To Accomplish This Dive At This Level From The Day You Decided To Pursue It, And Why Did It Take That Long?

It's been almost 3 years since I graduated from College.  I never stopped learning new things after that.  Why?  Because I had the resources to learn everywhere online.   If you look for it. you can also have that. 

I also found all these things by searching on Google. 

Free MOOCs, books, seminars, conferences, etc. and this journey will never stop. I'll try my best to learn new things.  Now, I'm looking forward to learning about Economics, the Stock market and Crypto, etc. 

3. What Was The Hardest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?

The hardest part is a little bit tricky. It's the part when you want to convince your brain that you're a very intelligent person.  You have to convince yourself that you can learn anything you want. 

When you're growing up there are many prejudices in your mind that is fed by your friends, family and your own perceptions.   Things like: you cannot learn Maths or so and so subject, you're not intelligent, etc.  I took some time to overcome that.   I researched about Brain and IQ, and all these things related to that.  I understood that I need a Growth Mindset instead of a fixed Mindset. I read a lot of Biographies of great personalities like Einstein, Gandhi, Tesla, etc. and I found that some few things they had common in was Great Goals, Passion, and Perseverance.   They became "Genius" with these qualities. 

4. What Was The Easiest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?

It was easy to get the resources to learn from the Internet. 

I also believe I'm very good at finding resources to learn anything I want. 

But, the hardest part is to learn it. 

5. What Is Your Advice For Someone Who Is Pursuing This Dive And Level?

Have a Growth mindset always. 

Don't look at successful people and think they became successful overnight.  It takes a lot of perseverance and a behind the scenes work ethic to become good at something. 

When you become good at it, people will notice you.   Until then, you must work hard. 

6. What Are Some Of The Best Resources You Recommend to Those Pursuing This Dive At This Level, And Why Do You Recommend Them? Please Include Relevant Weblinks, If Applicable.

Coursera, EdX, and many MOOC platforms, podcasts, YouTube and there will be a thousands of Resources.

Here are 3 courses I have taken this year that I recommend:

1.  Effecting Thinking through Mathematics: This course will make you fall in love with Mathematics, because, most people don’t know the real mathematics.  Everyone thinks about the abstract side of it and just hates it.  This courses teaches how people should interact with math.  It contains a lot of puzzles and it teaches five important points that we need to follow while solving a problem. 1. Understand deeply 2. Makes mistakes and learn from it. 3. Raise questions 4. Follow the flow of Ideas 5. Change

2. Learning How to Learn: This course teaches how our brain works and what are the best methods to learn a subject or a language, etc.  It’s a good practical course.   You can take it for free on Coursera.

3. Wim Hof Method:  This is a great course I took. It’s a method that use ice water, but I didn’t used ice much.  I used his breathing techniques and it was powerful and energetic.  I’m looking forward to practice this more using ice water.  It’s a thing that everyone should try.  After practicing it, I was able to hold my breath under water for 1 min and 40 secs.

And here are 5 books I have read this year that you should consider reading too:

Attitude is Everything: This book is a great one with many examples of how attitude changed the author’s life and those of other people.   This book has many good points.  The book consists of 12 Lessons: Your Attitude is Your Window to the World; You're A Human Magnet; Picture Your Way to Success; Make a Commitment and You'll Move Mountains; Turn Your Problems into Opportunities; Your Words Blaze A Trail; How Are You?; Stop Complaining; Associate with Positive People; Confront Your Fears and Grow; Get Out There and Fail; Networking That Gets Results.

The Sealed Nectar: It’s a Biography of The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It’s an inspiring book which describes the Journey to the prophethood and the sufferings.  Nowadays, I see a lot of people criticize the Islamic Religion. So, it would be better People read this book and learn the story of that time and about the Prophet.

The Greatest Salesman in the World: It’s a short book and a powerful one. It contains the keys to the success of a person in any profession.  You need to have kind of strong will power to follow the teachings of this book.

Getting Things Done:  This is a practical book I would say.   Every book is about being practical.  But, I started practicing GTD method before I started reading this book, and it’s very effective.  100%.  In some ways, this book will be useful for everyone in this modern age. Especially for the people who want to do many things in their life.

The Glimpses of World History: This is a book written by the First prime minister of India and a Freedom fighter Jawaharlal Nehru, a Leader who is respected all around the world.   And a great visionary he was.  This book is a collection of letters he wrote from the Prison he was held by the British Govt. (who colonized India at that time) to his daughter Indira Gandhi (a later PM of India and the first woman who elected to the post). The letters start from the first day of history that we humans know and comes down to the latest stories of his time. That’s a well written book. I recommend it to people who are interested in history and stories alike.  It is written in a story mode.

Resource 1: Coursera - Coursera Inc. is a U.S. based massive open online course provider founded in 2012 by Andrew Ng(Stanford Uni).

Resource 2: Google - You'll be surprised to see Google here. but, as a Lifelong learner and Software Engineer. I found google the most useful.

Resource 3: Break Diving - This community is FILLED with amazing lifelong learners.

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7. Tell Us A Story Of One Of Your Adventures While Pursuing This Dive (At This Level).

This is a story that I already shared with the Break Diving community in a post previously.  It's about how I changed my Attitude towards Mathematics from a person who hated the subject to someone who loved the subject more than anything.

I was very bad at Math in my School times. I think because there wasn't a reason for me to learn math.   And my teachers also made no sense to me.

After starting College, I needed Math to excel at my computer science skills.  That's when I started to learn Math on my own, and in College I got the best grades in it.

From that time to this very day, math is a subject that I'm trying to improve on.  I never stopped learning math, just like with computer science subjects.

And now, I'm also doing a course from EdX called "Effective thinking through Mathematics".  

8. What Evidence Did You Submit to Prove You Met the Requirements for This Dive and Level?

Pls, visit my LinkedIn Profile to find my Various Certificates I've got from many Online MOOC platforms. 

9. Will You Be Pursuing The Next Level For This Dive? If Yes, Why? If Not, Why Not?

Yes. This is a lifetime Dive. I'll be continuing the further levels of this dive until I take my last breath :D. 

10. What is the Break Diver's Creed?

No Rules. No Excuses. No Regrets. 

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And having made this post, and provided adequate evidence to the dive committee, Ismail Musharaf is now hereby certified by Break Diving, Inc. as: Scholar - Lifelong Learner - Level 1. Congratulations ! Thank you for being an inspiration to others!

Certificate number: 92

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