Describe a success your friend has achieved

Describe a success your friend has achieved

You should say :

  • What it was
  • When it happened
  • Why your friend chose this area of activity
  • and explain why you thought this was a success.


I’m going to share with you a story about one of my friend’s successes that happened 3 years ago. After graduating from a small college located in the suburb of Dong Nai Province, Sumail decided to pursue his own ambition instead of following in his family’s footsteps, something that drove his parents crazy. Whereas his friends were squandering money on gambling or preparing to tie the knot, he started his career as an amateur Youtuber with nearly nothing to his name.

During the very first part of his career path, due to the lack of financial support, he had to take lots of jobs in order to make ends meet. He was busy as a bee, doing part-time jobs in the daytime and burning the midnight oil night after night. After 1 year of hard work, he eventually managed to buy his first computer and then opened his own studio in a small dorm room. With his unique creativity and good sense of humour, his career began to take off.

Now he is one of the most popular youtubers in the world with more than 100 million subscribers. He has his own seaside villa, a number of supercars and an ideal family. We still talk about the old days as well as his achievements every time we meet.

IELTS Speaking Part 3

1. What qualities do you think are necessary for success in life?

To become a successful person in life, we are required to have a great number of qualities, but the most important one is certainly patience. I mean, nobody can succeed without experiencing failures. We need to persevere until the time is right, and our efforts will pay off.

2. Do you think having a lot of money can be seen as an achievement?

Yes, to some extent. All of us all try to earn as much money as possible as we all know it is terrible to live in poverty. Therefore, having a lot of money may mean the world to somebody and they are entitled to feel satisfied when achieving this as long as he or she doesn’t forget other values in life like family or love.

3. Is it good or bad for a person to be successful when he is still young?

It is more of a negative trend in my mind, simply because they will very likely be tempted by fame or wealth and fail to pursue other goals that are more precious like their career or a happy marriage. Public figures, for example Justin Bieber, who became internationally well-known way too early, are living a life fraught with scandals.

4. Do you think you are a person that feels happy easily?

Yes, probably. I consider myself as an optimistic and easygoing individual as I can smile even when my mood is low. I mean, I always try to look for the silver lining to stay positive in even the darkest moments in life. I often also burst out laughing when talking to someone humorous, even in a time of crisis.

5. Do rich people or poor people often feel happier?

It is quite difficult to say for sure. I guess the rich are more likely to feel happy as we all know material possessions can provide us with better education and entertainment. Therefore, we can more easily find jobs, enjoy a better living standard and afford activities that amuse us unlike those who are destitute.

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