We usually don’t realize the potential of using our weekend for studies. Have you ever caught in a situation where you don’t have anything to do on weekend? You don’t have a friend to talk, no one at home, nothing is being planned for the weekend. Usually in this situation we either try to sleep or sit in front of TV and change channels, try to call some friend or just find a way to pass our time.

If we think a little, we actually need to make a situation like this to make best use of this time for GATE preparations. To make best use of weekend, let’s make an environment like, there is no plan or commitment on weekends, no friends, no family members, no TVs, no phone calls and no going out. Don’t ever think that life is boring that way. Usually students get into wrong association between wasting time and entertainment. Similarly they associate some useful act, such as studying, reading a book or novel, playing skilled game as boring life. This will usually keep them away from constructive work, making all constructive effort as boring and time consuming.

I always told my friends that if we want to be called lucky we should be either genius or hardworking. I am saying lucky because these are the people make best of their lives and time. With genius I don’t mine the talkative, I mean the real sharp mind that understand and remember everything in one short. They are god gifted and very few of us are blessed with this. Another attribute is hardworking that will definitely an alternative to not being genius at certain level.

I am not a genius for sure, but I am good in giving a try in a best possible way, whether physical or mental. What I learned in M.Tech was a great asset to me and a building block for growth so far. Continuous hard work with clear focus will take you to a place where most of the genius struggle or miss to reach. If a smart guy understands something in an hour and a normal guy understand the same stuff repeating or rereading the same stuff three times, he should do it. And always remember if that smart guy goes out for a day and the normal guy study that day he is already ahead of him. If he keeps doing it continually, we see that he already ahead of the best known in class.

On the other hand, the worst thing is being an average student and not having a motivation and patience to beat the best in class. We need three hours to understand and we are not patient enough to give it an hour, then we can understand where we will be. The lazy attitude is like cancer, kill a human being slowly and finally take us to a very painful death our dreams.

Let’s decide what do we want in life, are we ready to give our nights and weekends for that? If not then we should not take the challenges and live a life that takes us somewhere we don’t know. If we want a life that goes according to our dreams, we need to give hard work with patience to realize them. And I strongly believe, this will make us happy and on the same time, family and friends will be proud of us.
The bottom line is there is no alternative to hard work with consistency. Opportunity only knock our doors when are prepared to welcome it, otherwise opportunity never look like an opportunity itself.

Let’s tighten our waist and work hard for the coming GATE exam. We don’t have time to waste, as exam is too close and there is so much to cover. For other details do visit GATE preparation guide. I really wish you all a wonderful luck for GATE preparation and I hope you will make the best out of it.

I m planning for a series of posts for motivating students under the heading “Beat the best in Class”, similar to Must read articles for M.Tech aspirants. I hope to cover the procedures, habits, and motivation required to compete with the best or smartest students of the class. Please do suggest me a good name for the series of post if you have one. You can also share it with friends on Facebook and orkut by pressing the share buttons above and below the post.

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