Until I graduated from college, I was proud of being regarded as one of the most hard-working students by classmates and teachers. One of the reasons is that I was really good at answering "HOW TO DO THAT": when I was assigned by a new task that I have no pre-knowledge, I could find a way to handle it quickly.
"It's my talent that makes me distinguished among others," I used to tell myself with self-satisfy, "so I would always be the top."
Ironically, two years of college graduation, I was totally stuck.
"You're not stuck, you are just committed to certain patterns of behaviour because they helped you in the past. Now, these behaviours have become more harmful than helpful. The reason why you can't move forward because you keep applying an old formula to a new level in your life. Change the formula to get a different result." -Emily Maroutian
I read the quote from the newsletter and it lighted me.
"HOW" has benefited me the college study, but I moved to a new level that ONLY focuses on accomplishing the assignment by exhausting effort is not enough. It dispenses with the necessity of reflection.
I have to think WHY before HOW. For example, English is not my native language, when sharing an English paper with my classmates, I used to think it's 100% right without any critical thinking because "a paper written in Chinese is not good, but a paper in English is perfect." It's ridiculous to think in that way but it's exactly me one year ago.