CA Atharva’s Inspiring Story That 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 happy-go-lucky guy. Growing up, I always heard that: “Tu toh hoshiyaar hai, kuch toh accha kar lega.” In the tenth and twelfth grades, I received high marks. IN the first attempt, I passed the CPT (1st level CA exam) and the CA-IPCC (2nd level CA exam).
CA’s Last Journey, First Attempt
So, during my first CA final attempt, all I heard was, “Ki-Tereko kya hai,” “Tu toh aaramse clear ho jayega 1st shot mein.”However, I failed on the first try. My world came crashing down. People started judging me. But to be honest, I did not deserve to pass because I had not studied (our hearts already know the result when we step out of the exam hall). Reason: OVERCONFIDENCE.
CA Final Journey: My Second Attempt and Self Exploration:
- I learned from my past mistakes and studied very hard.
- I put my mind, body, and soul into the endeavor, and I was confident in my hard work, studies, and papers.
- My attempt was amazing. I was 110% confident of clearing!
- I can still recall the day, January 17th, 2017: I saw the word “failed” again.
The first attempt result was shocking; the second attempt result was catastrophic. I had poured my soul into 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 strengths. They supported me, and I realized that I do have the caliber to achieve anything I want to. They made me look deep within myself.
I was back on track within a month of the results. 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’s my time now, and I am clearing this attempt.”
CA Final Journey: My 3rd Attempt and Dealing with Breathing Problems During the Exams
My CA Final 3rd attempt (May 17) has 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 got severe in a few hours. My parents rushed me to the hospital at 1.30 a.m. 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 in each of the remaining 2 papers. My prayers were answered, and the doctors let me go within a few hours of getting me admitted. On the day of the paper, the problems resurfaced. This time, it’s accompanied by acidity.
I swore to God that, 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 40 minutes to pass, and that is what I got. I cleared CA in that attempt.
The screen flashed “PASS” exactly a year after my first attempt result. I was a CA.
CA transformed me from a lazy, irresponsible, overconfident happy-go-lucky guy to a hardworking, responsible, confident, and happy-go-lucky guy as well. Some things just don’t change.