Patrick is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
Last Wednesday, we gathered on the carpet of our still-empty living room to watch Victor unwrap his birthday presents.
Amidst the Legos, Hotwheels, and necessities that parents pass-off as gifts, was a small box, about an inch cubed.
I wrote in my first post that this exam is more of an ocean to be crossed than a mountain to be climbed. I was half-right. It was more like a desert and I keep asking myself “What now? What next?”
Here is what I’ve sacrificed over the last 18 months:
- Thousands of dollars.
- Hundreds of hours with my kids. They are worse-off because of this.
- Opportunity cost of devoting all of my mental energy toward the exam, instead of material that is more stimulating, and more relevant to my job.
- Marital Stress.
- I have not supported my friends the way I should.
- Guilt. It’s hard to enjoy yourself, when you know you should be studying.
- I spent 2% of my life studying for this exam!
I don’t write this to discourage anyone but to emphasize, this is not a commitment to be taken casually. The greater your investment, the longer the recovery period, so make your study time count. There is no substitute for hard work.