If you treat failure as a part of the learning process in life then there is nothing that can stop you from achieving your goal. This is the journey of a boy who worked hard to and became from a 'chaiwala' to a successful chartered accountant.
November 17, 2017
Yes it feels great to have something in common with the great Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi.
Struggled to start studying since inception, Dad had to mortgage Mom’s only jewelry so that we two brothers could study in one of the best schools, Little Flower School. Being academically bright and proving our mettle since kindergarten, our principal took our condition into consideration and waived our School fees till Std VI. However, when the expenses could not be managed, my mother took to stitching to support the family. Represented the state Bihar, then, at the XIVth National Chess Tournament after securing the second position at the State level and winning several district and zonal level competitions. Chess had started to look very far as an ambition after things became worse. Hence, had to give up all plans of making a career in Chess and set our aim to go forward with academics only.
My school was a difficult place where my brother and I grew along with maximum students who were born with a silver spoon in the mouth. My Dad runs a TEA STALL (in Azad Market, Telco, Jamshedpur) of which we were and are very proud of and always helped him in the shop. However, often we used to be saddened by the behavior of our classmates finding ourselves dejected and depressed. There was always the “SOCIETY” which was very constant with their own disheartening and demoralizing comments. However, we never paid heed to it because of the good upbringing our parents had given us. In their constant support through our lives, they left no stone unturned to give us whatever they could, because of which I stood as the topper of my School.
The entire Chartered Accountancy course revolved around my elder brother Govinda who, along with my father, gave me tremendous support and took up the responsibility of getting my dreams fulfilled. Somehow I managed to do my graduation from the prestigious Goenka College in Calcutta. I took tuitions for college and school (commerce) students to meet my expense in college and also to pursue my CA course. My brother was pursuing his CA and that's what inspired me to follow his footsteps. I cleared CPT (1st level CA Exam) in the first attempt. Then came IPCC (2nd level exam which consists of two groups) I cleared Group 1 in the first attempt. This was my first failure ever in studies but I was still happy that I could start my articleship and earn while studying. I worked for long hours during my articleship and even on Sundays so as to earn a better stipend that could help me sustain a living in Calcutta.
I somehow kept failing Group 2. It was upsetting but I was still filled with enthusiasm and energy and used to read success stories to keep myself motivated. Finally, in the third attempt, I cleared Group 2.
Life was going on well until Dad started suffering from health problems, he started aging very fast It was difficult for him to run the tea stall which was our only source of income. My brother stopped his CA studies so that I could study with least difficulty. Then the biggest challenge came when just six months left for my CA finals. Dad suffered a stroke. The stroke hit all of us bad financially and emotionally.
The positive part of everything is that all these problems helped me develop an iron-strong will. I may not have been able to clear my CA Exam then but my determination was unwavering. I had to complete what all of us had desired since the beginning. All the courage and patience I had inculcated since childhood made me strong enough to face an uphill task. I may have failed the first two attempts of my CA Final but it gave me more and more strength to work harder. I cleared my exam in Nov 2016. My family shared my happiness, it seemed like they were the happiest people in the world that day. They had worked together really hard to pass this course which seemed like an Everest. If you work hard, you will definitely succeed. There can be no stopping you. Just need to ignore the negativity around you. The happiness that you get after achieving your dream is unmatched, especially when your dreams are encouraged and supported by your near and dear ones.
Currently I am working with TATA Hitachi as a Finance Manager. Dad is back to the tea stall all recovered with no signs of illness and my brother Govinda has started his CA studies again.
The ICAI has its standards. One has to raise one’s standards and the level of practice that one has been doing for the exam. Ultimately the performance level has to rise and you’ll surely clear the examination. It is truly said,” One who has the heart and courage to take up a challenging task, shall definitely accomplish it, setting new benchmarks.” The only thing needed is to believe in yourself. One cannot just ride on “LUCK” and clear Chartered Accountancy. It is one of the most respectable professions and as in the words of ICAI, WE ARE PARTNERS IN NATION BUILDING.
Also, avoid Self-Pity. Whatever is your father’s job/profession, feel proud and be proud. After all, the Nation’s great Minister Narendra Modi didn’t have a very easy life. But came out of it stronger and successfully built his life.
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