The importance of asking “Why?” (especially when studying sucks)

At the moment, only Patrick (3) has worked out that, “Why?” is a great question to ask but I fear that Joanna (1) might soon figure this out as well.  It is the question that just keeps conversation flowing, keeps parents on their toes and leads to great mysteries being uncovered in greater depth.

As we grow older however we can forget what a great question, “Why?” is.  That is a problem.

The Navy Seals are trained to keep asking each other this question, especially when times get tough.  When you haven’t slept for 2 days and have a steep hill to climb with 45kgs of gear, reminding yourself why is crucial.  It taps a level of motivation that you might not have realised existed.  The answer could be “To be a role model for my children” or “To provide for my family” – it reaches deep down inside and brings us back to the task with more energy.

Every June our PGDA class gets a few weeks’ study leave.  This was the toughest time I ever experienced when I was a student.  All the undergraduate students have finished writing, Wimbledon tennis is on (that is always a holiday thing!) and you are having to say a firm “No” to many invitations that are coming your way.  I remember getting really sad during this time.  I thought, “Is this what my life is going to be like?  Saying no all the time and just slogging away at the books?”.  What made it worse was that the material was so hard to fully grasp.  During the term I didn’t understand some of it but thought “I just need some time, then I will get it!”  Well, now I had the time, but some of it was still not sinking in!

Nothing worthwhile in life comes easily.  I had heard that many times before, now I was experiencing it.  The CA(SA) qualification was not coming easily to me, it was a struggle, and I needed to remind myself “Why?” it was worthwhile.  I chatted to friends, prayed and reminded myself of the bigger picture.  This was just a season of life, it wasn’t going to be repeated.  I was doing all four subjects, but soon I would qualify, be able to specialise and focus on making a difference in the lives of others.

If you haven’t done so already, answer the “Why?” question.  When you face that steep hill, the answers will help!

P.S.  The following posts might also be helpful:  Getting the most out of your PGDA yearWhy does all my hard work in Financial Reporting go unrewarded?



Paul Maughan

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