CA-students in Articleship: what should truly be important to you today?

CA-students in Articleship: what should truly be important to you today?

You only have finite amount of time, energy and focus. Where you continue to end up using these assets determine where you will end up in your near and distant future.

The Dream & Nightmare
Articleship – many CA students dream of doing it. And there are also many who despise it, likely for genuine reasons.

The CA students who fail to pass their exams every six months, they wish they could at least reach the stage of Articleship so they moved forward in life. On the other side, many CA students who are into Articleship, only they know what they have to go through and put up with on a daily basis.

The nightmare:
If you are a CA student doing Articleship, the odds are that you may be one of those go through a lot of nonsense during Articleship – mistreatment, exploitation and abuse. And there seems to have no proper checks on these things.

Whether it is the case of a senior bullying you, manager abusing you or partner threatening you and the resulting negative psychological consequences that you have to face, problems like these need to be dealt with effectively.

How?
I think there are two ways of dealing with such problems, one: external solution; two: internal solution. By external solution I mean the positive changes in your work environment, the changes that are physically visible to you and others. By internal solution I mean the positive changes that take place within your mind, that can be felt by you and others.

The unnecessary and unwanted problems that you face in Articleship, you can rightly wish that you don’t deserve to face them. This is no doubt a genuine point. Another point to be considered here is that world is not an ideal place. The people in this world are not ideal. Everybody has goodness and flaws in them, including your senior, manager and partner in your firm.

The wisdom
I’m not making any emotional appeal to you to be forgiving to the wrongs of such people toward you. The learning point here is, that no matter how people behave towards you, no matter how your environment or circumstances are, you can train your mind to be unaffected by them, and instead to be laser-focused on your life-pursuits.

Really, consider this: what should really and truly be important to you today? The unnecessary and unwanted problems in your work environment, or your life-pursuits such as becoming CA?

You must decide on one; you cannot say both of them are important. Because, you only have finite amount of time, energy and focus. Where you continue to end up using these assets determine where you will end up in your near and distant future.

I’m not asking you to ignore your problems, not at all. Ignoring, or trying to ignore your problems can be more harmful than facing your actual problems. Learn to deal with your problems tactfully and effectively.

Further reading:
How to deal with unnecessary problems in Articleship

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