The Master Key to GMAT Success – Part 1

Unfortunately many people spend lots of energy finding excuses NOT to do the work necessary for GMAT success.

It’s easier to blame other things, but if you chronically have trouble finding the time to study, making your coaching sessions, or otherwise figuring out ways to get better–as slowly as that might come–then there is no one to blame but yourself.

Jawad introduces Discipline key to success. It’s not easy and it’s not pretty, but he is right. –Rowan


There are brilliant people out there that fail the GMAT, and there are very average students who end up landing the famous 700+ score which opens doors to the best business schools.

The reality is that, while an astronomical IQ and lightning-fast thought will help, anybody can ace the GMAT if they put enough time into preparation.

Some people complain that the verbal part is simply too tricky, especially when English is not your mother tongue. Others say that their right brain hemisphere is predominant, while their left one is weak.

Apparently this explains why they have never done well at math and why some exercises in the numerical part just do not make sense to them.

If you have ever heard such nonsense, or if it came from you, then let me tell you something. It is true, some people seem better with words, others with numbers. But the reality, in world-famous personal coach Jim Rohn’s own words, is that:

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”

I will not indulge in quoting studies that are disproving the hemisphere theories, nor mention names of people like Leonardo da Vinci, who was at the same time a painter, engineer, and scientist. Do not let Self-Limiting beliefs (article link) stop you. What separates a good scorer from a bad one is often not brains, but Discipline and Determination (article link).

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.”

So make a resolution to start thinking and acting this way. Decide to tackle the test with Discipline, one challenge at a time, one topic at a time. Make a plan, and stick to it no matter what, exercise after exercise, day after day.

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

Study hard and with consistency, and you will beat the GMAT. Buy the materi Get professionals to tutor you. Invest in your success: it will all pay off.

Remember:  “We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”

And you? What pain will you suffer from?


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About the author

Jawad Mastaki Your GMAT Coach Deputy Coach Jawad Mastaki is a Bocconi University and London Business School alumnus. Jawad has international education and work experience across the U.S., China, Italy, Russia and the UK. He has formally trained for both GMAT and NLP, and now works with the YGC team in teaching and product development.