Life is all about making the right decision at the right time

Quote 'distance between dreams and reality is called actionHello Folks, my name is M.Usman Aqeel, a Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), SAP Financials Associate Certified, and recently enrolled on the MSc in Professional Accountancy programme with the University of London. I am currently working in the construction industry as an Asst. Finance Manager with a group of companies in Dubai, UAE.

Before enrolling on the MSc programme, I discussed this with my seniors and colleagues, and some of my colleagues were concerned that I would not gain any immediate benefits from studying this programme, but others were encouraging. And I thought what will I lose if I started? I had nothing in my mind, and thank GOD I took this decision and got the opportunity to pursue my masters from one of the world’s top universities. I met with amazing people from different parts of the world on this platform where we share different ideas and work as a team. I also got the opportunity to connect with professionals in my field with different schools of thought.

It was not an easy decision for me to start the MSc keeping in mind my hectic and long working hours. I work with a group of companies and follow my two finance team members, while my reporting levels are to higher management which requires a high level of attention and focus. My working hours are 9am to 6.30pm excluding travelling.

Quote 'no alarm needed, my passions wakes me'I divide my day with 10 hours at my work place, and 3 hours for studies, alongside 3 hours for social networking, family, daily tasks and 7/8 hours for sleep.

As I live alone here, I need to manage everything myself from laundry to grocery shopping, but I believe that when there is a will, there is a way. Education is something we need to think beyond of cost-benefit analysis. I choose it as my status symbol, what is yours? Or what is your excuse? I am looking forward to completing my MSc in December 2017 and attending my graduation ceremony in March 2018. I am sure it is going to accelerate my career in the right direction.

This is my plan to achieve my goals, do you have a plan? If not, plan it today because: ‘There are risks and costs to action: But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction’,- John F. Kennedy. It is the start of a new year so make your resolutions, set your goals clearly if you have not done so yet, work for where you want to see yourself in the future and come out of your comfort zone.

There is no elevator to success but only hard work and consistency . Think beyond boundaries of self-interest and make sure the benefits of your actions reach a maximum of people in society. Be the change you want to see in the world.

If you are suffering from something, trust me, you are not alone.

I wish you the best of luck and a successful year ahead, and keep in mind “Life is all about making the right decisions at the right time.”

Warm Regards from Usman Aqeel, Dubai, UAE.

Usman is enrolled in MSc Professional Accountancy programme and studying from Dubai, UAE

16 thoughts on “Life is all about making the right decision at the right time

  1. Hi Usman, great piece. All the best with your studies. I completed my MSc in Human Resource Management December 2016 and graduating March this year. Good luck

    Ifiok Asuquo, Nigeria.


  2. Hi Usman!
    I’m glad to have stumbled upon your article.
    I can fully relate how stressful it can be. I represent my country in the ITF Taekwondo National Team and it becomes really tough to balance between the two considering I need to attend training 4 hours a day, 6 days a week, and of course the family is there. But hard work, sacrifice and sheer determination will produce a straightforward opening to success.

    It’s good to share these experiences so that other students reflect on them and motivate themselves to move ahead!

    I wish you the very very best and hope we accomplish our journey!

    Ali AmirAli

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  3. Dear Amir,
    Thank you for sharing your experience, yeah, it all comes when your goals are clear to you and soon you start seeing ultimate benefits of your efforts.
    I wish you the good luck in your career.
    M.Usman Aqeel


  4. Hi Usman,

    It was really nice of you to share your experiences with us. I am doing this MSc in Professional Accountancy as well and can imagine how difficult it can be to maintain a work life balance and add education into it. I agree totally that Education can mean many different things to a variety of people… to me it is my pride, passion and way of life…

    Often people get so comfortable in their comfort zones, they forget there is so much more to life if you let the right opportunities in and take the right steps, so I totally agree, take the right decision at the right time….

    Once again thank you for sharing and I hope many are inspired from this…


    N Nowrin


  5. Hi Usman,

    Great piece!
    My belief is that there is no end to learning. At each stage in our lives and careers there is always something new to learn.

    The MSc in Professional Accountancy is very valuable. Combining full time work, house and studying is indeed tough. Glad to see you are forging ahead.

    Best wishes.


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  6. Hello Nowrin,
    I am glad to see your reply, I also consider education as my status Symbol, And this International Program really helpful in bridging the cross cultural differences, this is good that we keep on sharing our experiences to make a difference.
    I wish you best of luck for your career.
    Usman Aqeel.


  7. Balancing the life is tough specially with a full time job. Your article is motivating and sure it will help others to bring ambition and Go-For-It attitude to the strugglers in planning phase. Wish you best of luck for your studies and future endeavours!


  8. Hi usman,

    Great article, great inspiration. Indeed life is about hard work, sacrifice & determination. This article has really come timely, am from Zambia, married with 2 sons, working on full time in a private law firm as assistant accountant.
    I completed ACCA in December 2015 & I took up MScPAcc this January, I agree with you that it is not easy but only one thing pushes me ” improving my life every day through education “. I always want to see myself better than the way I was yesterday. As long as I live I have no excuse for not working on myself. I thank God for the opportunity He has given me.

    Thank you so much usman for the inspiration.



  9. Hi Usman,

    Your blog did bring encouragement to a lot of people. I have also enrolled to MSc Professional Accountancy this year. I’m a mother of 2 young boys while working full time in a MNC. I have been through the journey of ACCA on self study and PMP Project Management Professional as well. It was never easy for me and yet I have taken up the courage to continue as I believe that “Knowledge has a beginning but no end”. Keep it up! Let’s fight together.

    Best Regards,
    Ann from Malaysia


  10. Hello Everyone,
    Thank you for taking some time out of your busy routines and replying to this blog, I would love to appreciate every single person who is striving towards the education, I can understand how much courage you need to keep up with your Job. Thanks @stephany, Awais for value addition to this article. @ Abigail, Ann, I really appreciate every woman, who is studying with their families, so really glad to see you guys because there is a saying “You educate a man you educate a man, you educate a woman you educate a nation (Bringham Young)” great job, keep it up, you are the one who stand out of the crowd.
    Wish you all best of luck for your future.



  11. All the Emails quite encouraging will be nice for the university to have continuity for this programme such
    as Phd in Professional Accountancy, how about that because I feel I t does build capacity for a Phd.


  12. I’m studying for the MSc Professional Accountancy. It’s been hard but I feel that I have developed while on the course, and I hope that it will help my career. I believe that you have to control your own career and the way you want your life to go.


  13. Hi Usman,

    Thank you for the article. I am an ACCA affiliate working in the Finance sector in UAE. I have the same thought of whether I would be able to keep up with the program. This article is indeed an inspiration. I would highly appreciate it if you could mail me at ‘ ‘ so I could get in touch with you just to know more on the program and your medium of education. Hoping to hear from you.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Vibin from UAE


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