“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw
When I first read this, I immediately thought that this goes back to a classical debate of being ideal against being practical. To challenge the status quo. But do we really have to be unreasonable in order to achieve progress? Being reasonable implies practicality which denotes steadiness and soundness. However, progress originates from taking risks. But these risks are of course fraught with the dangers of regression instead of progression. For those who desire stability and are already happy with status quo, they need to be reasonable and should avoid taking risks. But one is forced to be unreasonable and take high risks, if one aims high. And this is exactly what I did in the past. After graduating from college, I did not take the CPA board exams immediately since I wanted that my review expenses to be self-supported. In order to do this, I have to work first. However, the dream of becoming a CPA has never left my mind even when I was working. I got a job with a development bank in my hometown branch earning very minimal, but with huge performance incentives almost every month. The bank is just one ride away from our home and I get along really well with my boss and colleagues. In short, I was very happy and satisfied with my job. But I was still haunted by my dream. Just before my regularization, I realized that I was able to save some money from the incentives I have been receiving from the bank. These savings were just enough in order to support my review expenses. I was then confronted by myself to make a decision whether to accept the regularization at work or to quit my job and review for the board exams. One part of me is saying that I should take a risk and go for my dream while I still have the chance. But another part of me is saying that I should be...
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