Grad pic_John Paul GajudoMy name is John Paul M. Gajudo and I am a CMA Exam Passer.

For someone like me, the journey to this victory wasn’t easy. It was full of sleepless nights, doubts, paranoia and my escape was coffee and energy drinks and some stress-relieving pills. But it was all worth it.

Before considering taking the CMA exam, I was a man without a plan. I had absolutely no idea what to do next after graduating. It’s given that I should look for a job. And I somehow “expected” that my job will be difficult, repetitive, but less-challenging. Then Insights introduced the CMA credential to our university. At first, I didn’t know if I should take this opportunity. I highly doubted that I would be cut out for something like this. I never really had confidence in myself and I’ve always doubted my skills. But I took it anyway, thinking “This doubt has to stop.”

It was not easy. Both parts offer difficult topics which will test your knowledge and expertise on them. But to me personally, it was even more difficult because I always compare myself to my friends who are far better than me. Seeing your friends excel in things that you both do will really make you doubt yourself. This was when self-doubt and paranoia kicked in. I honestly think that this was as much as a challenge as the CMA exam. But thanks to some people and some prayer, I took both challenges head on and can safely claim that I conquered both.

I only have two advices to the future and current exam takers. First is to always believe in yourself. No other person in the world can convince you that you can do things that you trust yourself to do. There will always be somebody who will doubt you, even yourself. But, to succeed we must first believe that we can. What the mind conceives, the body achieves. Always keep that in mind and you will be surprised of the things you will be able to do. Second is to pray. It doesn’t matter to whose God you pray or to how many, just constantly pray. Do not pray that you pass the exam. Pray that you LEARN. Learning does not stop until we want it to. So pray to learn everything you need in order to achieve the victory you deserve to receive.

I have no Bible scriptures or inspirational quotes to give you. All I can say is that all you need to do is to believe and pray. And you will be amaze how all things will follow.

To the people who believed in me: my parents, my friends, my love ones, the Insights family and to God, I’d like to express my sincerest gratitude for not letting me believe in my capability alone. You never once doubted what I can do and you’ve always supported me in any way you can. This victory and all of my achievements to follow, all of them are for you.

Success is determined largely by the extent of your desire, the purity of your goal, and your attitude each time you face disappointment.

God bless and good luck to all the future and current exam takers!


About the author: John Paul Gajudo is a BSBA major in Management Accounting graduate of De La Salle University- Dasmarinas last May 2015. A member of batch 2 of CMA DLSUD, he took Part 2 in June and passed with excellent score. He completed his CMA run by taking Part 1 exam last Sept, and also passed with a respectable score.

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