Have self-belief

For things to change for you, you have to change. For things to get better for you, you have to get better. Don’t just wish it was easy… wish you were better! Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills – and that is precisely what I want to talk about in this article.

Reconnect to that self-belief and you increase your skills within our craft – that craft being that we all share ACCA.

Many people ask the great teachers of our time, what is success? And they sit and wait for a huge, complex answer. The great Jim Rohn said: “Success is the steady progress in reaching your personal goals, designing your life like you want it and making that steady progress in getting there.”

We all have the core beliefs about what it takes to master our studies and to be successful in our ACCA exams. They are simple and clear. They are easy to follow, easy to do, but what’s easy to do is also easy not to do – and that’s the habit we need to get out of.

Our personal circumstances do not get better by chance, they get better by change. Without a sense of urgency, desire loses value.

Another eternal question: what’s the secret to happiness? The answer I have heard many of the greats articulate is progress! Yesterday’s learning won’t keep me where I am today… I need to go and do today’s learning.

It isn’t about what that ACCA course costs, it’s what it will cost if you don’t invest in it. The books you don’t read won’t help. If you think education is expensive – try ignorance.

If you want to get in touch with me, connect with me via LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/pantelisfouli), but please mention in your message that you are an ACCA student. Till next time!

• Pantelis C. Fouli is ACCA qualified, and an ACCA advocate and student mentor