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Published: Thursday, 21 January, 2016 11:00 AM
Written Ability Test or Academic Writing Test or Written Analysis Test (WAT) has become a tool to test MBA aspirant on assessing overall communication skills and personality hence, it is also equally important and crucial component of MBA admission selection process.
Develop points for discussion and read WAT topic: Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.
Winners never make excuses, they find a way to do the things they need to do to succeed. There are people, however, who find excuses in all things in their lives, which ultimately lead to their failures.
The difference between successful people and others is attitude. The successful people are determined to be the best that they can be and continuously strive for excellence. They are go-getters who believe in finishing any task that they take up within the stipulated time. They, like the others, have the option of deferring the work or evading what needs to be done, but they don’t. The fact that they have a steely resolve to complete their tasks makes them succeed and sets them apart.
Those who make excuses for everything invest their precious time and energy in non-productive activities. This may mean finding fault in others, blaming others for not being able to deliver, finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being. Successful people, on the other hand, are only concerned with results.
People inculcate the habit of making excuses over time, as they do not trust themselves enough and doubt their own abilities. As a consequence of this, they try to escape from taking responsibilities. This makes them less favourable to be trusted with leadership roles. Global leaders of today, such as Narendra Modi, Barack Obama, Indra Nooyi, Sunder Pichai and others display a huge commitment towards their work and believe in seizing every moment and making it count.
A person who jumps to excuses at the drop of the hat, lacks respect and commitment towards his/her profession. Most importantly, such a person disrespects the value of time. There are times when the work does not generate interest and therefore, the person finds excuses to avoid it. In such cases, the best solution is to just begin with the work at once and remove all negative thoughts from the mind. People who are successful devise a mechanism, especially to tackle work that needs to be done but does not arouse their interest.
Laziness is another factor that contributes to failures. An average person will, out of sheer laziness, find excuses to delay work assigned to him/her. By putting off till tomorrow what can be done today, the person is inviting trouble for himself/herself because he/she will use another excuse the next day to postpone the work further. The person, thus, will be caught in a trap. In a highly competitive world, where each second is precious, a person who has a habit of procrastinating will lose out on opportunities to grow and stay ahead of the competition. A winner, on the other hand, will look to capitalise on every single opportunity and impress everyone around him/her with his/her commitment towards work and punctuality.
A successful person not only abides by punctuality, commitment, sincerity but also goes one step ahead and prepares a strategy to deal with all exigencies. Instead of finding faults or blame others, such a person will take it upon himself/herself to finish the task at hand. Such a person is characterised by a proactive attitude, a willingness and commitment towards work. Such people are leaders in their fields, who know how to tide over difficult situations.
Thus, it is attitude that separates a successful person from ordinary people. An ordinary person will find excuses to put off work and thus, lose out on opportunities, whereas a winner will, instead, find excuses to work more, to learn more, to experience more, to grow more and hence, will succeed more.
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Written Ability Test (WAT) Topic for IIMs- Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. WAT is important & crucial component of MBA admission process.