Difference Between Memorizing and Understanding
This is a true story from the Japanese Embassy in US!!!

A few days ago, Prime Minister Mori was given some basic English conversation training before he visits Washington and meets President Barack Obama …

The instructor told Prime Minister Mori, “When you shake hand with President Obama, please say ‘How are you?’ Then Mr. Obama should say, ‘I am fine, and you?’ Now, you should say ‘Me too.’ Afterwards, we translators will do the work for you.”
It looks quite simple, but the truth is …
When Mori met Obama, he mistakenly said ‘Who are you?’ (instead of ‘How are you?’).
Mr. Obama was a bit shocked but still managed to react with humor: ‘Well, I’m Michelle’s husband, ha-ha …’
Then Mori replied, ‘Me too, ha-ha ….’
Then there was a long silence in the meeting room.
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/who-are-you/

Kham Hai Jab Tak To Hai Mitti Ka Ek Anbar Tu
Pukhta Ho Jaye To Hai Shamsheer-E-Bezanhar Tu
While you are still immature, you are a heap of dust;
When you ripen, you will become an irresistible sword.

http://iqbalurdu.blogspot.ca/2011/04/bang-e-dra-162-jawab-e-khizar.html

Utha Saqiya Parda Iss Raaz Se
Lara De Mamoole Ko Shahbaz Se
Come lift the veil off mysteries,
And make a mere wagtail take eagles on.
http://iqbalurdu.blogspot.com/2011/04/bal-e-jibril-142-saqi-nama.html


Stop Memorizing & Start Understanding
You cannot train birds, how to fly. By nature they learn, how high is the sky.
Ratta Marna, rote learning, mugging up, learning by heart; is very dangerous. Look at meeting of Prime Minister Mori and President Barack Obama.
In life, personality development is important but think more to develop skills, character, values.
Our education (both Islamic and traditional) system is based on rote learning.
What, why, why not, how, what-if; is the start of learning.
There are two type of intelligence; general (common sense) and specialized (domain).
Vision and dream (inner fire) are the wings (power) of human to fly.
Pain, hurt, guilt, shame, frustration, or anger are part of life. When some inner fire is set, one can face the storms.
Intrinsic motivation works. Now one is not striving for reward, recognition, people approval.
Personality development is superficial and it's easy to develop.
Photoshop experts can animate a lot on one's photo but building character, values, skills, vision need more struggle.
Otherwise you will stuck with herd mentality.
People buy cake with good icing from bakery. Personality means icing. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQtWIjy2CMM


When someone is mean, don’t listen. When someone is rude, walk away. When someone tries to put you down, stay firm. Don’t let someone else’s bad behavior destroy your inner peace.

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