Be in Control, Get It Done

When I was in high school, one of the great basketball players was John Havlicek who was a star first at Ohio State and then with the Boston Celtics. He was just the hardest working player who seemed to always be at the right place at the right time.

I liked him so well that I bought his autobiography and read it when I was young. All these years later, I only remember one part of that book but I remember that part very well. I try to live that part.

Havlicek said that during a game all the other players would call for the ball because they wanted to shoot and make points. But, at the end of the game, if the score was close, many of the players would stop asking for the ball. They would look away and not make eye contact. They were afraid of messing up at the most important moment of the game. When the game was on the line, they wanted someone else to take the shot.

Havlicek went on to say that there were certain players, though, who always wanted the ball in their hands when the game was close. They didn’t look away. They yelled for the ball. They demanded the ball. They wanted to take the shot that would win the game (or lose it if missed). Today, you would think about LeBron James or a few years ago, Michael Jordan.

I have always loved that level of ambition.

I was a horrible basketball player so I never had to worry about taking the last shot. But, there were other things in life that were important to me. How well would I do on the CPA Exam? How well would I do teaching my classes? Even as a child of probably 14 or 15, I realized that when things were important to me, I wanted to have the ball in my hands at the end of the game.

You have a genuine challenge at this moment – getting prepared to take the CPA Exam. Heck, as I said above, that is more important than a basketball game. This is real life for you. When it comes to getting prepared for the challenge of the CPA Exam, do you want the ball in your hands? Do you want to be in control? Or, are you more interested in letting someone else do the important work?

No one can study for you.

No one can learn the material for you.

No one can work the questions for you.

You have to do it for yourself. And, it is time to get started. You can’t defer the work. When someone asks “when should you study?” then “Now!” is the only appropriate answer.

Do you want the ball in your hands? Or, do you want someone else to do the work that is necessary?

Success requires ambition.

Challenging success requires burning ambition.

You can do it. You can pass this exam. You can make 75 on each part of the CPA Exam. But you’ve got to want it. You’ve got to want it so much that you are willing to do the preparation that is needed.

No one can study for you.

You’ve got to do it for yourself.

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