IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #2 Describe a success you would like to achieve (in the near future)

Describe a success you would like to achieve (in the near future). You should say:
What it is
How difficult you think it will be
What you should do to prepare for this
And explain why you want to succeed in doing this.
or explain how you think you will feel after you reach this goal.

Sample Answer:

Well, when it comes to my business life, my work and career, I am still contemplating my options, but right now, the real problem for me is getting married.

It is very hard to find a suitable match simply because I cannot please everybody. I must think about what my family wants, what the world around me would be pleased with, and the last person on the list to worry about is me. It will take a lot of searching, a lot of concentration. In my life, my schedule seldom permits free time, much less time to date, and I am often too shy to begin from scratch. I do not have many close friends, and those that I do have are either married or do not make a very good match for me. An extra difficulty is that I am not too good at the whole parents-in-law situation; I would find myself quite unhappy with this traditional way of living. Many Chinese must “put up” with their husband or wife, and also their parents and relatives, and must receive critiquing or judgment from all sides. I do not want to live this way and I don’t want a partner that I must “put up with”, I want to have love in my life.

But traditions are traditions and I must follow some kind of pattern. Thus, my first step might be to ask my parents and my aunt and uncle to look for a suitable partner for me, and then we can begin by writing each other, and when we feel we have enough common ground, we can arrange a meeting.

Follow-up questions:

  1. How would you define success?
    Hmm, there are so many ways to define it. I believe success is feeling my life is worth living, and being a good person to those around sue. If I have a partner, or children, or relatives dependent on me, I would consider it a success if I were able to provide them with a good life style and everything
    they need. Success would mean my reputation as a good person travels ahead of me. II would mean I would have a goal and hope for life, and would stand out amongst others.
  2. Do you think most people want to succeed in life?
    I would imagine they do. But as I said, there are many ways to define success, it is the inborn desire of a human to want to be the best they could be, to want more. Everybody wants life to be worthwhile, they want their husband or wife to be proud of them, they want their children to admire them, and they want a sense of fulfillment. It’s natural.
  3. When do people most want to be successful?
    Well I would say it’s after they realize that life is a struggle and that they must make it on their own. When we are young we can depend on others and do not feel the need to make something of ourselves. It’s when the pressure kicks in and the understanding comes to us that we find we must choose for ourselves whether we will be happy or sad. a success or a failure. When we grow up and are more mature, we begin to have others depend on us, looking to us, and we feel the responsibility to do our part in the world.
  4. What kind of success is most important to Vietnamese people?
    Well, originally it was about being a good provider for one’s family, finding one’s children a good husband or wife, having enough land to live off. But now that China is much more open,people begin to feel success is about milking enough money to never have to worry about anything. It’s also about giving that feeling of relaxed and easy living to their children. Get them into the best school, buy them a house so they don’t have to work, hand life to them on a silver platter. This is beginning to be the image of success, and the people of this country are bombarded with advertisements, movies and pictures of the easy life, the rich and famous, and they feel this is the only way to succeed. I myself feel it has its downsides, and must really consider what I want for my life.
  5. Do you think that successful people are always happier than unsuccessful people? Again, this depends on your idea of success. But whatever it means to a person, if they are dissatisfied with the cards they are dealt and do not realize they can determine their success, and then yes, I imagine they are no happy at all. But, sometimes, those that we think are successful on the outside, or what we see of them, are not happy, they do not consider their life worth the trouble. So,no. I do not think “successful” people are always happier than “unsuccessful’ people.
  6. How to measure a person’s success?
    There are several ways to define the success of a person. i could start off by highlighting the fact that a success story is sure to have a good financial condition. it is not exaggerated to say that he can have money to burn. in addition, success is illustrated by a person’s social status. Successful people will be held in high esteem. Last but not least, contributions to society can be another demonstration of success.
  7. Do you think the way people gain success has changed?
    Well, there are no changes in the process of achieving success nowadays in comparison with the past, I think. You know. To reach the zenith of success today or even in previous time, people need to burn the candle at both ends. Put it another way, they need to be hard working to achieve success. Moreover, sometimes Luck can make a contribution to people’s success.
  8. Is failure a necessary thing for a person’s success?
    All things considered, my answer is yes and no. To answer yes, you know, failure is the mother of success. Thanks to failure, people can accumulate more experience to achieve success in the future. The second feature I want to mention is that failure is kind of a source of inspiration for people not to rest on their laurel. To answer no, failure can deprive people of confidence and determination to keep moving forward.
  9. What’s the most difficult thing you have ever done?
    I have experienced ups and downs in life so it takes me a while to find the most challenging. Well, I guess it is passing the entrance exam to university with flying colors. You know, at that time, I did work flat out and study patiently. Luckily, my efforts came to fruition. I couldn’t believe my eyes at that time. It is true that hard work pays off.
  10. Other possible questions:
    Do you consider yourself a real success?
    What are your accomplishments and achievements in your life?
    Do you think having an organized program can lead to people’s success?
    Do you think those who are lucky are successful?

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