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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

10 Steps for an Effective CPA Review Program

Portrait of Atty. Macmod of PRTC. Photo owned by PRTC.
by Atty. Almanzor Sarip Macmod, CPA

Former CPA Reviewer, CPAR Manila, Philippine School of Business Administration, UE Review School, CTDI;
Lecturer, De La Salle University, Manila and University of Santo Tomas
Current CPA Reviewer in Taxation, PRTC

One of my most favorite reviewers in Professional Review and Training Center (PRTC), Atty. Macmod is truly one of the best. Aside from his ability to teach taxation in a very understandable but comprehensive way, he is very inspiring and had a good sense of humor. You will truly enjoy learning the principles and concepts taught in taxation-- which I consider (and most of you probably) a very technical and boring subject to learn. One day of his lecture is not enough for me to be satisfied with his inspiring words about becoming a CPA, mind-opening knowledge about different things ranging from religion up to science, and very comprehensive ways of teaching the difficult rules and laws we need to remember in order to pass the subject.

His words are contagious. His teachings will make you realize that there is more to ourselves we thought we could never achieve. Through his words and entertaining stories (like the head of the bird and the story of a young man who wants to become a monk), eventually you will realize that our sacrifices for today is not enough for us to become a successful CPA-- we need to do more and more and more and more until we capture that title. He talked about the importance of focus, believing, and discipline in order for a person to become a successful CPA.

Aside from that, he is very funny and indeed entertaining. You would truly lost your breath in laughing when he dances, sings and give bouts of jokes in front of the class. Here is the tips he used to provide to the CPA reviewees. You will truly be inspired.

1. I will maintain an OVERWHELMING DESIRE to become a CPA.

- It is my most effective weapon against laziness that will try to conquer me anytime.

2. I will make a COMMITTED DECISION to become a CPA and study with FOCUS.

- Only when I commit when I truly begin to shape my destiny. The committed decision will teach me how to acquire the power of purpose and the power of focus; otherwise I can easily be distracted by other forces external or internal.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

An inspiring speech from Gecel G. Codera (1st placer in the May 2010 CPA Board Examinations)

Tantalizing smile. Gecel G. Codera in her black dress
celebrating her success for placing 1st
in the May 2010 CPA Board Examinations.
I would like to share with you a very inspiring speech from a Josenian topnotcher. This speech was delivered during the oathtaking of new CPAs held at the PICC on July 2, 2010. May we be inspired in our pursuit of chasing the title CPA! Adelante! Here it is.

I’ve heard it said that the poorest person in the world is not the one without a diamond; it is the one without a dream. Successful individuals dream and dreams are always the starting point in making great things happen. You can’t get determined about a dream unless you first have one. Amazingly, I became a topnotcher because I once dreamed to be one and I believe that we all passed the board exam because we once dreamed of becoming a CPA. Robert Schuller said, “Since it doesn’t cost a dime to dream, you’ll never shortchange yourself when you stretch your imagination”. 

However, it is not enough to only dream and be determined about it; you also need to move in the direction of your dream.  It is not enough to be a dreamer; you should also be a doer.  For more or less 5 years, we prepared ourselves for this time, the time that we could claim our dream of becoming the next batch of CPAs. In the course of our preparation, we did a lot of things and met a lot of struggles, sacrifices, and challenges. We had to work harder and exert more effort in order for us to reach our dream. We had to extend study hours, reduce hang out with friends, lessen leisure time, and even give up Facebook moments. During those times, we couldn’t help but occasionally complain about the boring lifestyle we have which for some people seems abnormal. However, looking at ourselves now, confidently saying that we were able to pass the very difficult board examinations, it was all worth it. 

Gecel G. Codera: Her secret of topping the CPA Board Exam

Gecel G. Codera, 1st placer in the May 2010
CPA Board Examinations
During an online interview, Gecel mentioned that she never expected to rank first in the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Board Exams. "No. I never expected to be the 1st placer, though I aspired to be a topnotcher."

Since examinations require a lot of preparation, she also shared that she prepared herself spiritually and mentally. "I invest in a lot of prayers and hard work before and during the CPA Board Exams. Also, I see to it that I have all the necessary materials for each board subject-- at least, at the minimum, I have on hand one book per CPA Board subject." Was that her secret of topping the exams? No, not yet.

Let's take an inspiration check here. "Other than God, my family of course, is number one on the list. They've been there all throughout my student years up to the achievement of my success."

Her message to all aspiring topnotchers: "Believe that you can be one. But always keep your feet on the ground. Let me share to you this equation. Prayer + Hardwork = Success. It worked on me. I hope it will work on you, too. Learn to balance the two in order to attain the correct answer which is SUCCESS."

Source: Forward Magazine, Official Student Publication of University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R)
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