Some People Believe That It Is Best to Accept a Bad Situation

Some people believe that it is best to accept a bad situation, such as an unsatisfactory job or shortage of money. Others argue that it is better to try and improve such situations.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion. 

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 14 Test 1 Writing Task 2.

Some people claim that when there is an unsatisfying situation, the best approach is to accept it, while others feel that trying to make it better is preferable. Although accepting a bad situation means that there will be no risk, I agree with the latter point of view, because only when the situation is improved can a person become happier.

On the one hand, it can be argued that staying in an unpleasant situation allows people to avoid risks. This is because when a person makes a change, things may not turn out the way they thought they would. As a consequence, they may even lose what they had. For example, if people quit the corporate job they hate but fail to find a new one, they will even lose the income their old job provided. However, I disagree with this argument because if a person endures a bad situation for too long, they may develop mental health problems.

On the other hand, those who try to improve their unsatisfactory situations can find ultimate happiness. Working hard to change the status quo gives people a goal to achieve in life. This makes them much happier since humans are goal-driven creatures. Take for example the Chinese entrepreneur Alex Wong, who went from being broke to owning a multimillion-dollar business. He shared in an interview that the whole journey made him feel very fulfilled. I think this approach is much better because an unhappy life is not worth living.

In conclusion, although those who play safe will not face any risks, I believe people should put effort into improving the unpleasant situations they are in because this allows them to live a happier life.

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How to Paraphrase Keywords

Accept a bad situation
  • Stay in an unsatisfactory situation
  • Endure an unpleasant situation
  • Stay in an unsatisfying situation

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  1. Hi, how can we copy and paste the text inside the site? Many words and tips are useful and valuable then we can save time by copying them.

      1. I’m with you on this. Thank you for helping us to progress in writing. I hope to make maximum use of your informative content.

    1. Hi, thanks for your question. They are the main topics of the two body paragraphs. I used different ways to say them to avoid repetition.

  2. in the second paragraph, it can be mentioned “As a consequence, they may even lose what they had and experience a great sense of loss. ”

    or in the third one, at the first line :”On the other hand, those who try to improve their unsatisfactory situations can feel a sense of self-confidence and achievement.”

    warmest regards

    1. As a consequence, they may even lose what they had, making them feel a great sense of loss.

      1. Yes, “sense of loss” does work in that context. In fact, it works extra well with the word “feel”. But there is a grammatical error in your sentence. Try the two below.

        They might even lose what they had. This could make them feel a great sense of loss.
        They might even lose what they had and feel a great sense of loss.

    2. Yes, you can use “feel a sense of confidence and achievement”. Just make sure to explain why they can feel so.

  3. Hi,
    The expression of “experience a great sence of loss” or “feel a great sense of self-confidence and achievement” can be helpful to state the arguments.

  4. Hi, hope you are doing great.

    The sentence “if a person endures a bad situation for too long, they may develop ….”.
    I want to note that the “he or she” can use instead of “they”. This is because it refer to “a person”, which is single. So, please correct me if I am wrong.

    Warmest regards

  5. Ambition and Satisfaction are the two fuels driving humans from the Old Stone Age to the 21st Century invaded by science and technology. Humans are built to crave desire and have big ambitions. According to Stephen Hawking, “We are very, very small, but we are profoundly capable of very, very big things.” Hence, why settle for less? Although we humans have no culture of appreciation and satisfaction, this might lead to eternal suffering from desire and ambitions.
    Acceptance of truth and unavoidable events is the key to end suffering. Death of close family member, fatal diseases, loss from natural calamities, financial crisis, etc. are some situations when the quicker you accept the truth, the better you feel. On the contrary, acceptance of some other situations make our life miserable. For example: You are in your late 20s and your job offers you minimum salary which you can use to eat and hardly pay rent. In this situation, accepting your fate and low income job is like surrendering your precious life to misery.
    On the other hand, fighting for our needs and desires help us achieve our goals with satisfaction. From Mt.Everest to Olympus Mons, we humans set our ambitions and in a matter of time, our flags wave there. You get less grades in Mathematics and declare yourself a loser. In this situation, you need to accept that a single subject should not decide your future. Acceptance of your flaws and courage to move ahead is the only way to survive this competitive world. We humans with our inner desire and self discipline are capable of conquering the entre universe.
    In my opinion, we need to accept certain truth but never a situation. Accepting your disinterest in a certain field and searching for new goals is growth but accepting that you’re incapable of achieving things in life just because you can’t get good grades in science is plain negligence and lack of courage to get out of your coccon. Hence, one must always try to accept the flaws, the unavoidables and run for higher and better goals.

  6. There are different views on whether people should accept to live with hard life issues such as few amount of money or an undesirable job, or struggle for changing the current situation to achieve a better lifestyle.
    On one hand, there are some reasons why an individual endures the existing unsatisfactory job or low salary. Firstly, many people who stick to a bad vocation, have no other choice to change their current position because they might not have sufficient skills or required qualifications for new jobs. Next, some people have a lot of responsibility and it is difficult for them to spend an unpredictable time to find a new occupation while they have to fulfill their family’s necessities. As a result, it can be seen that there is a kind of obligation to remain in an unsuitable job or accept the shortage of money without any incentive to alter the way of life.
    On the other hand, many people believe that they should try to modify the bad situations when their job and income cannot make them happy. It might require learning new skills and making extra efforts to look for new employment while it should not be assumed simple. Considering the difficulties in this way, people will be motivated to make a better plan in future and this attitude makes them happy and they feel worthy. The other reason is that the opportunities come and leave quickly, so if an individual does not make an attempt to overcome the problems, he probably loses unique chances to improve his life like a well-paid job.
    In conclusion, although some people disagree with the change of unfavorable situations, I advocate the latter view that says trying to improve the current conditions often derives self-satisfaction in life and the person will be able to seize the chances as well.

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