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  1. It seems to me that absolutely in any business on which a person spends his time, the most important thing is to understand the ultimate goal of this enterprise. The Institute is no exception. I dare to suggest that studying at the institute as a process has absolutely no value without indicating the purpose for which this training was started. Go from the opposite: understand what you are aiming for, set a long-term goal. For example, the goal is to become the best in some business, or to earn a million dollars, or to perfect some process, make a discovery, etc. In this case, obtaining a specialized education is a step on the way to a big goal, i.e. the medium-term goal is to graduate from the institute with maximum benefit for yourself. Now you can move on to shorter goals, including justifying attending lectures on a specific subject (the goal is not to attend a lecture, of course, but to learn something new and, perhaps, even immediately apply this knowledge in some way). Mechanisms of self-restraint and rewards for achieving results are very helpful in this difficult task (I won't watch my favorite TV series until I can prove a theorem / solve a problem / write a story, etc.)

    If there are no goals, or they do not coincide with what you spend time on, and explain to yourself why you came to this or that subject (except for the fact that someone said it was “necessary”), then it is best described by the catch phrase “if you don't want to shit, don't torment your ass” (I apologize for my French).

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