Paths are created by walking

Paths are created by walkingLife is all about finding a way. It’s never easy, it doesn’t come with an instruction manual, there are no set paths, paths are created by walking.

This is a small incident about finding a way around your circumstances. There are things you can’t change about yourself, your environment, your conditions. You need to accept those facts and find a way around those. You only know what’s good for you. This incident is about one of our employee who was preparing for CA Final. I am not mentioning his name, as I have not taken his permission to use his name.

He was working with us as final year article and was very good at all the practical work. He was thorough in his approach, had analytical view of everything he did and was very curious about anything he did.

Despite being a bright student, he was not able to clear CA final exam for last several attempts, three attempts. This was not problem with his knowledge or ability, there was something else wrong. With every attempt, he was losing more confidence. The marks he was getting in these attempts were also low, not that he was very close to passing marks. I was surprised how someone who is so good at work, can get so low marks.

One day I called him and asked what was problem. He told me that he has problem with concentration. I didn’t get it, I asked what is exact problem. He told me that if he studies something for long time or if he tries to concentrate or focus on something, he will get terrrible headache. He will get blurred vision and will feel as if mind has stopped working. So problem was not that he was not capable or he was not willing to put hard work, the problem was that his body was not allowing him to.

This was very strange problem, how can he clear exam if he is not able to do proper studies or revisions. Seemed it was something which was not under his control.

I told him I am not sure what can you do about it, you havea one limitation which is not under your control. Now you have three options,
first, accept it as failure and quit, which means who accept defeat,
two, keep fighting with it and try to work hard, someday you may succeed,
third, build a way around it, think how can you defeat it smartly

I told him about one way study I know from one of my friends. You can record notes in your own voice, audio notes at the time of first study and next time you can listen it for revision. It’s that simple… see if that works for you, you will get chance to revise without problem of focus. This was one of many other advices I gave to him. But this proved to be useful for him, he implemented it religiously.

And the result was ‘All India Rank in CA Finals’

From four times failure to remarkable success and all credit goes to his dedication and hard work.

This is a true story of inspiration for anyone struggling to clear CA exams or any other exams. This is perfect example of creating new paths, finding non-traditional solutions to unique. If you are also stuck in unending circle of failure and existing hard work is not working. Think deeply what is going wrong for you and instead of working hard on same method, think if changing method and finding unique solution.

You need to find your unique solution, sometime working hard is solution and sometime working smart…. You cannot walk on others’ path, you need to create your own path….. Paths are created by walking….

 

27 thoughts on “Paths are created by walking

  1. Nice story. I also knew one student of final who is suffering from migrane she face too much problem while study. She don’t like to discuss this with all. i really don’t know what i shoul do for her?

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    1. Thanks Lalita, you can suggest this method to her. If this doesn’t work for her, she needs to find out exact problem area, the trigger. You can help her to create own path.

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  2. That actually inspired me while i am reading this. I was studying Ipcc, I left CA studies in 2012 and started full time job. but now I decide to be the CA.
    Really inspiring post sir . . .
    I get the feeling of Rocky balboa after reading this . . .
    Keep sharing.
    thanks !

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  3. Same as Rupesh, even I had stopped giving attempts after 2009. After reading this article, envious that someone could have guided me the very same manner. Anyways better late than never, so will go for it trying to find out the exact issue… Understanding or methods.. Thanks so much for sharing this…

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  4. Same Situation also happen with since last Four Attempt not getting good mark inspite of doing lot of Hard work.and thank you sir for sharing such inspirational story.

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  5. Amazing n inspiring post Sir!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for the sharing… this is something which actually inspired me.. Plizz keep sharing..:-)

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  6. I am at the age 25 just registered on ipcc under direct entry many people n family member r torches me that I am not able to clear ca exam but I am doing ca because it’s my dream

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  7. very nice..nd true!
    I always like your thoughts Gaurav Sir.
    It has been always helpful for life and inspiring too. i will definately share this to my friends.

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  8. The problem in the story is same as mine. I have another problem that is I am not so good at English, hence I can’t express answer properly in exam. That’s why I can’t clear CA – Final after attempting several times ( 6 times ). I am working in CA Firm, so I get less time to study during a day, I can’t find any way out, but I want to be a CA, Please help me sir.

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  9. Sir I want to know how to prepare for Ca final and plz if u could suggest some 3-4 reference books of each SUBJ
    So that I can do it without coaching

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  10. THANK YOU SIR ,THIS ARTICAL WAS NOW GIVEN ME MEANS TO THINK I HAVE ATEMTED CA FINAL EXAM FOR 18 TIMES FROM NOV 2014 ON WARDS ,RIGHT NOW I WORK FOR M/S JAYANTILAL THAKKAR &CO AS AUDIT ASSITANT AND HANDEL STATUTORY OF SIYARAM SILK MILLS LTD , GHCL LIMITED, GOVIND RUBBER LTD THIS ARE PUBLIC LISTED COMPANY ,THANK SIR FOR GIDING EXAMPLE ,IN FUTER HOPE FOR THE SAME, DUE TO MY FALIER I HAVE STOP TLAKING TO MY OLD CA FRIENDS

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  11. Really inspirational story sir,
    I was also facing problem of failure in my CA Inter exam and never give up and finally stand as AIR 27 Rank.
    No failure is permanent untill we decide so….and success is created by walking in a path……

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