I took 1.5 weeks off to finish studying the Regulation section of the CPA exam. It has been very frustrating waiting to find out if I have passed the first section. I found out yesterday that I scored a 74. What does this mean? It means that I failed by one point.
I slept pretty good last night as I drowned myself in tears, sorrow and agony from my recent failure. Life certainly has it's ups and downs.
Fortunately in this day an age we do have social media. I let the few Facebook friends I have know that I failed, and was thinking of quitting. Within minutes people began writing me...encouraging me to keep trying. Easier said than done when you know full well that you put your heart and soul into studying for this monstrosity. Plus every time you fail a test it cost like $300 to retake it. I'm very thankful for my family. My oldest daughter said that she feels sorry for me. I'm lucky to have such great kids.
This brings me to the Wingman concept. In the Air Force the concept is be a good Wingman. What does this mean? It means know the people around you. For example...when I sent the message that I failed and wanted to quit, some people responded my encouraging me. Some said quit being a wimp and try again. Determining which response works best for the individual is important. Knowing whether that person needs either sympathy, encouragement, or a kick in the pants. Without knowing the proper response can make the situation worse for that individual...even if you thought you were trying to help.
Taking the CPA exam is not for the weak at heart, and has destroyed my diet that I was doing so well on. Like the fat guy on Austin Powers said, "I eat because I'm unhappy, and I'm unhappy because I eat. It's a vicious cycle."