An Inspirational Story of CA Atharva who teaches us Whether we like it or not, failure is a necessary stepping stone to building our dreams.
“My parents have worked supremely hard to reach where they are today. Because of them, I had a very comfortable and easy life. I only had ONE JOB – TO STUDY. In general, I was a cool happy go lucky guy. Growing up I always heard that – Array tu toh hoshiyaar hai, kuch toh accha kar lega. Scored well in 10th,12th Std. Cleared CPT (1st level CA exam) and CA-IPCC (2nd level CA) in the 1st attempt.
CA Final Journey 1st Attempt
So all I got to hear during my 1st CA final attempt is ki – Tereko kya hai, tu toh aaramse clear ho jayega 1st shot mein. BUT I FAILED in the 1st attempt itself. My world came crashing down. People started judging me. But to be honest I did not deserve to clear because I had not studied (Our heart already knows the result when we step out of the exam hall). Reason: OVERCONFIDENCE.
CA Final Journey – My 2nd Attempt & Self Discovery:
- I learned from my past mistakes and studied very hard.
- I put my mind, body, soul for the attempt and I believed, I believed in my hard work, my studies and also my papers.
- My attempt was amazing. I was 110% confident of clearing!
- I still clearly remember the day, 17th Jan 2017 – I saw the word ‘FAILED‘ again.
The 1st attempt result was shocking, the 2nd attempt result was catastrophic. I had poured my soul in the attempt – HOW COULD I FAIL?? Probably the worst time of my life. A friend even suggested visiting a psychiatrist. It took time to come to terms with it but I had no option. Without a CA degree, I had nothing to show.
My parents and my sister were my strength. They supported me and I realized that I do have that caliber to achieve anything I want to. They made me look DEEP WITHIN MY OWN SELF.
Within a month of the results, I was back on track. My hard work had failed and it was time to PERSEVERE. Every day before my studies I looked in the MIRROR and told myself – THAT MY TIME IS NOW AND I AM CLEARING THIS ATTEMPT.
CA Final Journey – My 3rd Attempt & Dealing with Breathing Problems during the exams:
My CA Final 3rd attempt (May 17) begun. It was going fantastic. While writing my ISCA paper, I suddenly started having breathing problems. I completed the paper somehow but the problem persisted throughout the evening and it got severe in a few hours. At 1.30 in the night, my parents rushed me to the hospital. I got admitted.
Although taxes were my weakest subjects, I had confidence in the 6 papers I had written so far and I knew I just had to go and get a 40 each in the remaining 2 papers. My prayers were answered and the doctors let me go within few hours of getting admitted. On the day of the paper, the problems resurfaced. This time coupled with acidity.
I SWEAR TO GOD, even if I were dying, I was going to go and write my remaining 2 papers. I had to give a fighting chance to my 4 months of hard work and the fantastic papers I had written up until then. WITH a bag full of pills, an inhaler and a NEVER GIVE UP ATTITUDE, I wrote my exam. The remaining papers were horrible but I just needed min 40 to pass and that is what I got. I cleared CA that attempt.
Exactly a year after my 1st attempt result, the screen shined “PASS”. I was a CA.
CA transformed me from a Lazy, Irresponsible, Overconfident happy go lucky guy To a Hardworking, Responsible, Confident & Happy go lucky guy as well – some things just don’t change.