"How do you stay motivated whilst studying?" — Ask a Machine Learning Engineer Anything

How do you stay motivated whilst studying? Aravind asked.

How do you get motivated to study. Any tips and advice ?? Ghkk asked.

You've heard the answers before.

Follow your passion.

Find something you enjoy and you'll never work a day in your life.

You've gotta do what you love.

All of these are right but they never really helped me. What if you don't have a passion? What if studying gets hard?

What then?

What do you do?

What's the alternative?

That's it. That's the question I ask myself. Every time I'm lacking the motivation to do something. What's the alternative?

I ask it because I already know the answer.

If I stop studying, I won't learn the things I want to learn.

If I don't workout, I won't be as fit as I want to be.

If I don't eat well, my energy levels will take a dive.

Studying is hard. Learning something new is hard. It's supposed to be. You're forming new connections in your brain. Building connections in your brain takes work.

When the days come and I'm feeling lazy. There's a project that needs doing. There's another thing which has to be done. There's always something.

What's the alternative?

The question inspires discipline. Discipline equals freedom.

Having the discipline to study things, to study machine learning, means you'll have the freedom to apply your machine learning skills in the future.

Having the discipline to workout and train means you'll have the freedom a fit body provides.

Having the discipline to get quality sleep and eat well means you'll have the energy and freedom to work on the things you want to work on.

The next time you're stuck, ask yourself, what's the alternative?

Write it down. And then write down where you want your efforts to take you.

Do they match up?

I answered more questions like this in my latest livestream.

PS Thank you for every one who came along and asked questions. For those who couldn’t make it, the full video is available on my channel.

Source: https://youtu.be/u6-ljaw9j6k