My first CPA Exam was the one most consider to be the easiest, BEC.
I was psyched when I started with BEC. I went in, and did it all; watched the lectures, did the practice and even flashcards.
I passed BEC.
I was happy. I felt like “I gat this!”
However, I got complacent. I started on AUD with way less focus. I cut corners. This was also during the 2016 NBA finals. The Golden State Warriors are my favorite team. So I would watch the games while I studied.
Needless to say, I failed my first attempt at AUD and so did the Warriors in that NBA Final.
Then I figured, “I’ve taken it before, I just need to tweak a few things.” My second attempt was more of the same. I might have upped my effort a bit, but definitely not enough for someone who was unsuccessful the first time.
I failed again.
The third time around, I basically reverted back to the same amount of hustle I applied during BEC.
I finally passed.
So, don’t let success on one section go to your head to the extent that you relax your studying. Tackle each section as hard as possible, so you’re retaking as few exams as possible.
I continued with the same intensity and passed the remaining two on my first attempt.
Now I can focus on achieving other things.