Ganesan Sivalingam, CMA Candidate

GanesanI am Ganesan SIVALINGAM, and have completed Bachelor of Commerce in Madurai Kamarajar University during 1996 to 1999; I then went along with Software professional until 2004 in Chennai, India.

Somehow, life took me from India to Muscat in Dec 2004. From 2005 to 2007, I worked as a Payables Accountant at Al-Nasr Marbles in Muscat. Then, from 2007 up to this date, I am working as “Finance executive” with Sharqiyah Desalination Co. SAOG.

After surviving with IT & full accounting responsibilities, I noticed that I still have not moved to the next level in my carrier and decided to go for higher study with respected designation.

Then, I started to dream to be a CMA from 2009 onwards. But, I could not able to join the CMA program. Indeed, it is true that “the only thing that stands between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it”. Yes, this happened to me because my goal was not even started until 30th April 2012 8:16am before getting into my car to office.

That day, that minute, A phone call to my relative have changed and challenged me to get into CMA.

By doing self-study & I joined an online institute from India for CMA. Appeared Exam in Feb-2013 P1, scored 320 (Failed).

But I knew I would fail or reach nearby. Yah, 320 is not a bad score on the first attempt. Then again appeared in Jun-2013 believed strongly.

A big mishap happened and scored 320 again. No more improvements in my results. Next 15 days, running out of ideas, cursing myself, started hating things and questioned myself this: “DO I DESERVE TO BECOME A CMA…?”

On 21st August 2013 at 11:18am, there was an email sent to a man called “Genuine Motivator”. I would call him “A Selfless and Motivator”. He is none other than “Mr. Angel Valdenor Secerio”, my mentor.

I realized, sometimes God stops because not for “NOT”, shows wait for “BEST”.

With right and proper guidance, great motivation, staying behind with me each and every day by Mr. Angel, until my exam day. In fact, this time I was telling him that If I score less than 400, then it is a big shame to me.

But, yes, God send me a message with 390 score and passed CMA Part 1 in Oct-2013.

He just unlocked my hidden potentials and asked me to remove that b/s between my goals and reason. Now it is my responsibility to respect him by passing P2 with me next attempt itself.

Now you would understand why I used the word “Bullshit” for non-performance.