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“Do not talk about giftedness, inborn talents! One can name great men of all kinds who were very little gifted. They acquired greatness, became “geniuses” (as we put it), through qualities the lack of which no one who knew what they were would boast of: they all possessed that seriousness of the efficient workman which first learns to construct the parts properly before it ventures to fashion a great whole; they allowed themselves time for it, because they took more pleasure in making the little, secondary things well than in the effect of a dazzling whole.” – FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

Do you enjoy making and perfecting smaller steps and not always worried about creating a ‘dazzling whole’?

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Somebody asked me to write an article on how to create a 2-3 month study plan for GMAT. Even though I haven’t found time to do so, one thing always comes to my mind when I think about this topic. It is

“Don’t create a 2-month plan when a 6-month plan is needed.”

The point is that if you create a 2-month plan, you are going to use resources in a particular way and are going to approach the prep in a particular way. By using such an approach and using resources in that particular way, you may find at the end of 2 months that you neither have reached anywhere close to your goal nor have resources left to take you there.

Thus, it is important to make a realistic assessment of where you stand and create a practical estimate of the time you need.

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Independence – what a word it is! We all seek independence or freedom.

When I left my job, I was seeking independence to do things I wanted to do. I didn’t want a boss over my head to tell me what to do and what not to. Since then, I’ve realized I’ve quite a number of bosses. Anyone who determines whether I’m successful or not is my boss. I’m trying to gain his or her acceptance…that I’m successful.

I believe that I’ll experience true freedom or independence when I and nobody else will define success for me, when I pursue what I want to pursue regardless of how others will label me, when others’ labels of success or failure will matter much less than my own fulfillment.

That’ll be a free life!

Happy Independence day to all my Indian friends!

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Yesterday, I received a whatsapp from one of my GMAT students, saying that he was feeling very disappointed since he had not cleared the CFA.

What I replied to him seemed to help him, so I thought of sharing the same with the larger community.

“Hmmm.. Life will have both its ups and downs.. When you will look back at life, you’ll probably not feel as proud about your achievements as about how dealt with your downs. Take your time to relax. And then just keep giving your best. Failures will still be there, but successes will be much greater than any failures. Besides, none of these failures or successes may matter after some time, what will matter is whether you continued to give your best, whether you continued to believe in the universe.”

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The first question you need to ask is not “Am I fast enough?” but “Am I in the right direction?”.

The point is that if you are fast enough but your direction is wrong, you’ll reach the wrong place faster. On the other hand, if your direction is right, you’ll reach your destination sooner or later.

Besides, speed naturally builds up as you consistently do the same thing. However, direction doesn’t get corrected by itself.

I feel sad when people contact me saying they have practiced a ton resources for GMAT without any success. I simply ask them to change their direction – their approach.

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About Chiranjeev Singh

An Alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and with scores of 780 (2017) and 770 (2013) on GMAT and 99.98%ile on CAT, Chiranjeev is one of the most qualified GMAT tutors in India. Chiranjeev has earlier served as Director of Curriculum at e-GMAT. Chiranjeev has been helping students ace GMAT since 2012. He follows a concept-based methodology to teaching GMAT and is very committed to student success. You may contact him for any private GMAT tutoring needs at CJ@GMATwithCJ.com. He conducts online sessions for students across the world.

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