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I heard this story some time back, and it keeps coming back to me as I talk to various GMAT aspirants. The story goes:

A man came to a Saint and asked, “how many years would it take me to become enlightened?”.

“10 years”, came the answer.

“What if I work twice as hard?”

“20 years”.

The guy was justifiably surprised and asked the Saint how it could take him more time if he worked harder.

The Saint replied, “When you are working overly hard, one of your eyes is always set on the destination and thus only one eye is focused on the process. With only one eye focused on the process, you’re going to take twice as much time.”

Probably, our focus on success hinders our focus on excellence, thus pushing the success father, not pulling it closer.

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Just as companies shouldn’t sacrifice long-term for the short-term, so shouldn’t individuals.

In your career and life, are you thinking long-term? or short-term?

Stephen Covey says in his book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”:

“The most fundamental application of “begin with the end in mind” is to begin today with the image, picture, or paradigm of the end of your life as your frame of reference or the criterion by which everything else is examined. Each part of your life— today’s behavior, tomorrow’s behavior, next week’s behavior, next month’s behavior— can be examined in the context of the whole, of what really matters most to you. By keeping that end clearly in mind, you can make certain that whatever you do on any particular day does not violate the criteria you have defined as supremely important, and that each day of your life contributes in a meaningful way to the vision you have of your life as a whole.”

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How much difference can two hours make to your GMAT score?

A lot, probably, if your mindset changes.

Today, out of the blue, I received the attached message from a student who took just one CR session from me a month back but couldn’t continue because of some constraints.

Messages like these reinforce my faith in my ability to deliver.

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If you want to follow some ideals or principles in life, you have to let go of the outcomes. If you are so attached to particular outcomes, how will you follow the principles? One who follows the ideals need to have faith in them that they’ll take him to a better position, not worse, in the long run.

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Probably, most inspiring decisions seem foolish at the onset. But they have to be taken. Given the paradoxical nature of life, the most foolish thing might be to not do anything foolish at all.

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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 He conducts online sessions for students across the world.

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