Specialize in what you do

I sometimes listen to Nouman Ali Khan who is a very famous Imam/Ustadh/Shaykh here in North America. And unlike other scholars, his talks are simply magical which is because a lot of youth can relate to what he talks about.

Recently, I heard him talk about why one should specialize in their respective fields. We live in a day and age where we have an overwhelming amount of information about everything but not an in-depth knowledge of a particular subject. The astonishing thing is that “knowing about everything” is also being preached a lot.

Just as an example, students quite often like to take a variety of courses to have a taste of everything. Now, the question is that what if a student takes one or two fields and digs deeper in them?

I am more interested in the narrative of people who specialize because it makes you humble and gives an appreciation of the order of things in your field.

Apply it in any aspect of your life and leave a comment below if you feel its making a positive change. As Steve Martin said, “be so good they can’t ignore you”. 

Resources

Ever since I have had my vacation, I have just been lurking around the house. Now that I am done sitting idle, I thought to come back to regular writing (or atleast I hope to do so). Today, I’d like to share a few resources that I have stumbled upon in my last year or so and found them to be very useful.

1. Coursera:

This website has a wealth of resources at your disposal. It offers all the free courses (open course ware) from universities around the world. It allows you to sign up for courses which interest you the most and takes you through an incredible journey of learning. The basic structure that I have encountered through the courses I took is such that you have weekly videos and readings followed by a weekly quiz. The videos are re-recorded by the professors who teach those particular courses at their universities and they are easily downloadable as well. Some courses don’t even have readings in case you are someone who tries to avoid reading.  Weekly quizzes are from the content taught and can be taken multiple times without any time constraint. Once you finish the course with a passing mark, you are emailed a certificate of completion signed by an authority figure. Overall, I think it’s a great resource to invest some time in.

2. MIT OCW: MIT open course ware also offers a whole lot of free courses – some are tagged with videos while others only have a few midterms, final examinations, assignments, etc. On a side note, coursera also has some courses that are originally offered by MIT.

3. Study Hacks: As the subtitle of the blog goes, ‘decoding patterns of success’, this blog is exactly about finding those unique paths that lead to a successful life. Nobody can tell you how to become an A student but following a few tips given here might set you on the path to victory. Again, it has a lot to offer but all depends on how and when you implement it.

4. Scott H Young: This is your how-to-get-more-from-life blog. How to get more from the limited time you have such as finishing a 4 year Computer Science degree in one year. Oh, don’t be surprised! This gentleman has done it all. But don’ forget, life isn’t all about fast-tracking. Sometimes you need to slow down, and breathe.

5. Zen Habits: …And if you’re caught up in the cycle of getting more in less time and don’t have time for yourself, this is where you should go. I recently discovered this blog and haven’t read a whole lot from it but looking at the few that I did read, it offers some experiential advice.

6. Medaholic: Last but not least, this is all about medicine. Recently, I was looking for some kind of experiential advice from those who are in the field, and this guy does offer some great insight.

That’s all for now. I am tagging this post under  ‘resources’ and will do so for all the future ones, if any.

Senseless

“I stared at the words that were written for me. A million thoughts were whilrling in my head and there seemingly was no end to it. The thoughts questioned me time and again looking for the answer I wanted. But even you failed to give me the answer. I knew this was the truth but I didn’t have the courage to accept it. I gave up. You didn’t want me to give up but I know you understand. You understand why it all happened and that’s just not enough.”

It was sitting in my the drafts box. Too old. But I thought it’s interesting. It’s been long since I posted anything. I should get back to my lovely blog soon. Also, I have added a ‘contact me’ page to the blog. So please don’t hesitate to ask (if anything)! :D

A perfect post about Nothing!

Have you ever had one of those days when there is nothing to do at all? Like seriously, Nothing.  

1. When you think hard about writing something new for your blog but nothing comes across your mind & you start visiting other blogs to get some ideas etc.

2. When you visit all blogs & you still couldn’t find something of interest to you.

3. When you flip through today’s newspaper & all it carries is the same old news about everything that you don’t find interesting.

4. When you go turn on the TV to watch something in the hope that some idea would somehow pop up in your mind from nowhere.

5. When you don’t find anything, you just go to your blog, start brainstorming & come up with a post like this one.

Nothingness is Unawesome.

That’s just about a perfect post about nothing.

Stay tuned for an upcoming post on Challanges faced by the Education Sector in Pakistan. :)

Announcement: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will be performing in Islamabad on Feb 19. All proceeds will be used for rebuilding 2 schools in the flood-affected areas. For more info: PYA