So last night was the culmination of this study plan. 1½ to 2 hours of studying per subject after a full 8 hour day of work. Accounting is never too challenging, and my MLO studying was a breeze as well. But once it came time to pull out that GMAT book, I immediately felt the heat! Deciding to start with all over the verbal portions of the exam, yesterday was a sentence correction day. Now I know what you’re thinking – easy stuff. Not exactly.
The GMAT is a tricky beast that uses what you think you know against you. Moreover, I’m having to relearn all of the things I was taught in grade school. I answered a few practice questions and stuck my chest out with confidence, KNOWING they were answered correctly, but to my surprise, it was worse than I thought. Out of 15 questions, I only got 5 correct. The younger me would have been inclined to throw my book, note pad and pencil in the corner somewhere, find a comfortable spot in bed, and watch some television. But those days are long gone.
I told myself that it’s only MY FIRST ATTEMPT. I still have a little over 130 days of studying to go. At that point, I shrugged and dove right back into my book. So, what’s the moral of this story?
Everything in life, at one point or another, requires practice before mastery:
- Driving a car
- Tying your shoe
- Learning to read and write
- Learning to speak
- How to dress
- How to conduct yourself in public
- How to use a computer
- How to pass your school exams
EVERYTHING requires the initial step of learning, practice, and doing before mastery. Often with certain degrees of difficulty. So before you give up on something challenging, first ask yourself if you’ve really taken the effort and time to learn and practice that which is challenging to you before you throw in the towel. There’s something amazing waiting for you on the other side of that challenge if you have what it takes not to push through.
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