by ACCA student blogger Pantelis Fouli
With ACCA, like anything in life, succeeding starts in the mind. You need to remove all self-doubt. If you truly feel that you cannot achieve your goal of becoming a qualified accountant, you won’t be able to. On the other hand, if you embrace it and believe the sky is the limit – you will be able to.
As I mentioned in my first blog entry, I did not study or successfully take an ACCA exam for 11 years, because my personal life and business life took over. I got married, we had 2 children, we built a new house, my wife underwent a serious operation and I changed employers three times in this period. Also, because I part-qualified, I felt the need to pile on the extra hours at work to prove myself. So I found myself battling with the balance of home and work obligations – and an inferiority complex.
Changing all this started by surrounding myself with positive, like-minded people. I had passed exams in the past, so I knew I could do it again. I had the desire, I just had to have faith in myself too. I sat down and mapped out goals to achieve in the next 6 months . I had to start asking the right questions:
- What do I want? (ACCA)
- What will this bring me? (More confidence, better employment, more money)
- How will I know if I have succeeded?
- What is the definite date when I will pass each exam and when I will ultimately qualify?
By asking the right questions and keeping your goals in sight, you begin to put conscious effort into breaking old habits and establishing new ones. Once I had won the battle with my inferiority complex, I realised that I had the required experience and so from this point forward would project the appropriate assertiveness and confidence.
Work and family life taking over was the easiest part for me to overcome because I have a wife that knows that me qualifying as an ACCA will open many different avenues that will bring a better future for us all. So she sacrificed some of her personal time (if mothers actually do have any of this) to enable me to study and attend college. I used to think to myself, ‘how could I tell my children to study hard to obtain a qualification when I didn’t myself’. This thought was also very instrumental in getting me back on the right path.
If only one message is to be taken from this article, it’s…”BELIEVE”.
Till next time.