Besides the basic degree and professional certifications like the CFA charter, I also pursued Taekwondo, mostly as a teenager. As I progressed to more senior levels I competed in a few sparring sessions.
It was only if and when my opponent landed a first proper hit on me that I would get pissed off and really aggressive. It wasn't due to any thinking on my part, purely primal - the aggressiveness was immediate and automatic.
I felt this way again years later, when I stared at my results for my first CFA Level II exam. Failure Band 10 (see here for more info on bands and other aspects of the results). I got pretty annoyed and thought man, now I really gotta finish this damn thing.
It served me well - the drive I got pushed me through the next two levels and I never failed again.
In my retake, I realised I made several mistakes. I underestimated the amount of work involved the last time, and was multi-tasking doing extra freelance work & attending courses to learn a new language. So this time I really made sure I concentrated on just hitting my CFA studies. I also paid more attention to topic weightings and concentrated my efforts accordingly. For more tips, check out the Commandments for each level.
Now that the results are coming out soon - if you're expecting your results, what are your thoughts? Have you decided on whether you would be retaking if you failed? That's the Weekly Poll for this week (results published next week):
Having said that - here's to hoping you don't have to face this decision on results day!