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By Stendhal, history, 7 weeks ago, In English

The master has failed more than the beginner has even tried

If you look at my previous blogs or comments, you will notice that I have a bad(wrong) attitude with pupils and newbies, but I really want to appreciate people, who fight a lot and they never give up, regardless of their rating change. It's true, this is competitive programming, but your main goal shouldn't be being better than someone, you must compete against yourself and don't look at other contestants as your rivals... There are plenty of programmers, who give up when they don't see progress in their rating, but here, in this blog, I want to mention some very determined users. you can also leave in comments somebody, who loves programming as a hobby and not as a sport:

ruban, PAG, eugalt, DatoTS, livw, farizazmip Ozymandias, chrome, Azat_Yusupov, Fedosik, Olympia,

So, you may be stuck on a specific rating, but someday you will start flying. :)

 
 
 
 
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Absolute praise for their determination

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This message touched my heart. Ty, i hope i can fly someday.

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    instead of wasting 9 years on solving just CF problems, if they had spent half of their time on solving maths problems like the previous year maths olympiad ques, they would have reached LGM by now.

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      Yup, this trick seems reliable coming from you. Gonna try it.

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1800 or bust by 2022 :)

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also me

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I mean, eugalt isn't trying to increase rating (I think), he's one of the few people who love to get the shortest solution to something, go to almost any of the A's, B's, or C's of the past few contests and you'll see his name at the top, which I admire.

Also, thank you, because this is exactly how I feel!

I'd also like to mention Olympia who's been struggling with passing Specialist for some time.

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What about chandanagrawal23?

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Profile of ruban is mindblowing.

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I don't think being stuck in a rating is a very worthy accomplishment...

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add oursaco he worked really hard and every day to do multiple problems. he inspires me everyday and I hope he inspires everyone else to work hard to achieve their goals

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I wish to be candidate master one day and I am working hard for it.

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I highly respect ruban orz. Superhuman level consistency !!

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How can you forget PAG ? He deserves to be at the first place.

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    wow I really appreciate him.

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    PAG is not real I think its a bot that works for codeforces... there are so many bots created by codeforces like him. I think they have a hidden agenda to trap avg coder like us on this platform for a longer time.

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Since you kind of mentioned me :D I guess it might be interesting for some to read that.

You have to understand the reasoning behind you doing something, in this case solving problems.

If its about solving interesting problems and improving your knowledge on that, then you probably don't have issues with motivation, because interest is your motivation.

If you like to compete(like I do), then it's a different thing. Sometimes, at least for me, it's really hard to keep going considering your results (decent results is an individual thing, so performing good for one might be performing badly for other, no offense guys). In such situations I don't think about how did that guy won me or why did I loose after spending so much time on this. Instead, I'm thinking about what is my actual maximum, what could I do with the knowledge I have, basically would this guy beat me if he was at my place, living where I did, training like I did, when we are actually even. What I'm trying to say is that if this guy had beaten me, then probably he trained more or better than me, therefore he deserved his result, and I deserved mine. At this point, I'm just trying to do everything I can, and at the end of the day, looking at your past results, you can see that this is exactly what happened, you did your best, he did his best, that's what competition is about, giving all your best.

On the other hand, if you are still unsatisfied with your result, then probably you either spent not enough time training or you do it in a bad way. You either quit, or get better by spending your TV/gaming/working/studying/sleeping time on improving yourself in this exact way. No other choice, since you have only 24h in a day and you can't borrow it from nowhere.

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I'm not entirely sure what's so admirable about lack of progress...

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    He was just showcasing some people who do competitive programming as a hobby. They obviously wouldn't stop competitive programming since they don't really care about their rating and I guess this 'inspires' people to not give up even if they have been stuck in their rating range for a while. I think a better way to inspire people people would be to tell them that they are not getting worse. If they're putting in the work they will be learning new things every day and I think that shows that they are getting better.

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    If you have infinite tries, you only lose when you stop playing

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    In the face of adversity you are not giving in.

    I do not know how far your rating would progress but you should know this that the ability to stick all the way to the end even in the face of adversity is a valuable skill which will help you in other areas in life definitely.

    :p I am also kinda plateauing for a while now. (So I motivate myself in this way besides the regular practice)

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After seeing their graph, I am kind of feeling depressed. How can someone solving that many problems and still be stuck in?

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    You have to focus more on quality of the problems that you solve, rather than the quantity. If you are always feeling comfortable solving problems, then you are not gonna improve. So you must get out of your comfort zone, otherwise solving even 1000 problems will be of no use.

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Mentioning myself... vp7070573

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I think I would call myself determined too, I won't give up easily

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I would like to add spookywooky in this list. I like competing against him :)

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    It gives me great pleasure to defeat you every time ;)

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      XD, See you soon in 705, though I know you will beat me easily but I won't mind trying :)

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I will advice them , that they should stop wasting time and do something else . This much effort for CP , do not worth it . I passed that phase , that is why i am advising you . You will regret .

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    Regret in what sense?

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    Does everyone play basketball to become Lebron?

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      no one wants to become tourist here... but whoever practising CP seriously here wants to get into the top 10 ranks within 10 years at least

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        Not really

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        My goal is probably division 1 or at least rating 1900. And maybe when / if I eventually reach it maybe I'll have another goal. Also, training for ACM.

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Joshi503 Maybe the number of contests and problem solved is not extraordinarily high, but he/she came back to almost pupil from very a pretty low rating, and I think a lot of the people at that rating would have given up.

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Great coders! It is really hard to insist on programming for so many years, no matter what your color is. I think I should work harder than before from now on.

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No offense nor Fun...

But I just Want to Salute PAG

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can someone tell me the right way to practice CP so that ratings should increase?

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A lot of users don't care about rating, or at least don't care about it enough to put effort into improving it.

Blindly assuming that every person on your list is "very determined" is like saying that everyone who is playing online games for years must be "very determined". Everyone has their own story: some folks care but don't have enough time to practice properly, some folks care but don't really understand that they should practice at all, some folks don't care and simply enjoy participating in contests.

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    Why your graph is descending. Have you started working for some company/organization?

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Doesn't it make more sense to mention users who have plateaued for a while but eventually increased their rating?

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Yup there was time when I sat straight for 2 hours but still couldn't solve a single question in contest. I ain't a LGM but a noob converted to pupil who tries hard each day to grow a little better than yesterday.

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I think, we forgot one guy :) rainboy

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i will also try again till i reach my goal.

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let the time............