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As my CIMA CBA exam draws nearer I’m starting to question my abilities in the field of accountancy…is this what I want to do for the rest of my working life?  Can I pass this?  If I do manage to pass this exam will I fail the next one?  How many attempts will it take to pass it?  The list is endless of all the “what if” questions swarming through my head at the moment. 

Someone said to me to “just do your best”, but what if your best is not good enough?  

What if you invariably give your all to one area, but in-turn another slips?  Where do you go from there? 
If doing your best suggests giving it your all, does that therefore imply you’re muddling along at the best of times and just “giving it a go”?  Will feminists all over the world start raging if I say that this would not be an issue if we were in a society not unlike 50/60 years ago?  When all a woman had to worry about things such as what lipstick to wear?  What meal to cook her husband after his long day at work? 

Today’s career market is becoming increasingly competitive, women are vying with each other for promotion, benefits and glory instead of just men as was the case 10 years ago.  We have to cope with not only a male dominated workplace, but also the very real threat of female politics in some industries.  Surely there are positions aplenty for us all?  I can never see equal pay for both genders ever being settled when such inequality exists between women in the same positions.  Granted there are factors to take into account, but when it boils down to it, if Person A & Person B do the same job, then they should receive identical remittance -no?  No, we always want more, “I’ve been here 5 weeks longer than X”, “I do more than X”, “X doesn’t have to work late like I do” are just some of the incessant moans that arise between workers.  But do we want more to the detriment to our fellow man?  What qualifies us to receive significantly more than another?  In some instances, nothing more than a silly bit of paper saying you have “achieved” a mark in an exam, or have been “awarded” some degree in some field or another, something that illustrates your hard work and evidences your painstaking hours of study, sleeplessness and stress.  Something that shows you “did your best”.

So in essence, how important is it that you do your best?  Arguably it is of the utmost importance, to secure a good job, qualify for decent benefits and receive the most money you can possibly get.  Seems simple once you put it like that…….just a shame you have to suffer to get there. 

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