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Impatience gets you fast… to nowhere! 

July/August is a time when a lot of GMAT aspirants feel impatient as B-School deadlines approach. No matter where they are their GMAT journey, they want to wrap GMAT up in a month or two. However, very consistently, this impatience makes them engage in counter-productive behaviors, such as not spending enough time thoroughly analyzing their mistakes or taking mocks too frequently, that elongate their GMAT journey. 

There is a famous quote that says: Infinite patience produces immediate results. 

Probably, one learning from this quote is that the more patient you are, the less you’ll focus on the end result and thus the more you’ll focus on the process. Such a mindset will help you learn faster and thus achieve your target sooner.  

So, GMAT aspirants, take a deep breath and hold your nerves for some more time. Focus on giving your best and let the result take care of itself.

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It’s an interesting photo. I believe the creator of this photo wanted to highlight the foolishness of humans that they engage in killing each other – humans are so foolish that even chimpanzees don’t want to associate with us.

However, when I looked at this photo, I saw the paradox jumping out at me. The chimpanzee, which wanted to disown us for our killings, had the same anger and aggression in its eyes that lead to those killings. It probably didn’t have the intellect or the tools to engage in such mass-killings, but from the photo, it seems it had the attitude to do so.

In our human society too, we have the same problem – we feel justified in hating those who hate us, in killing those who want to kill us, in harming those who want to harm us, in being intolerant toward those who are intolerant. We are trying to eliminate a thing by engaging in the same thing.

The way out, I believe, is acceptance, understanding, tolerance, and love. However, all of these are attributes of an evolved character and not an outcome of intellect. Unless we have (or build) people with mature character, I think we cannot expect to solve some of the biggest problems we face.

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Everybody wants success in something, whether it’s in work, love, play, finances, family, or an inner struggle. But success doesn’t come instantly. Life has a process of rejecting you to test you and prepare you to win.  

Steve Harvey lived in his Ford Tempo and showered in gas stations when he couldn’t get enough comedy gigs to cover his rent. Halle Berry slept in a homeless shelter in New York when she was auditioning to become an actress. Even James Cameron, one of the richest directors in Hollywood, was reduced to living out of his car when he was trying to sell the screenplay for The Terminator. The list goes on and on.  

How you handle rejection is very similar to how you’ll handle success. If you’re strong enough to handle rejection without taking it personally, without holding a grudge, and without losing your passion and drive, then you’ll be strong enough to reap the rewards. But if you’re too weak to handle failure and disappointment, then you’re too weak to handle success, which will only end up damaging your life and happiness. 

– From the book ‘I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons’ by Kevin Hart

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“GMAT preparation is not a sprint; it’s a marathon.” 

This is what I told my Chinese student who was trying to cover too much too soon. There is a difference between giving your best and burning yourself out for the fear of missing out. I could sense she was beginning to fall in the later set out of stress that she wouldn’t be able to meet her deadlines. 

The reality is that we cannot completely control the time we’re going to take to get our target score. The best thing that we can do to reach our target score faster is to give our best everyday. However, if we stretch ourselves beyond a point, we’re going to burn out and will not have the energy to last the marathon. 

Probably, we don’t need to make everything in life into a life-and-death scenario. We need to relax ourselves a bit. And the good thing is that when we are relaxed, we learn more and faster.

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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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