Some People Prefer to Spend Their Lives

Some people prefer to spend their lives doing the same things and avoiding change. Others, however, think that change is always a good thing. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 6 Test 4 Writing Task 2.

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Sample Essay

Some people prefer to live within the status quo, while others believe that it is always good to make changes. I agree with the latter viewpoint because, in the long run, people will certainly gain more from the changes they made than they lose.

People who resist change may be too afraid of the risks involved. Take, for example, those who choose to stay in a low-paying job they hate. They may fear that if they resign, they may be unable to find a new one. However, I do not think maintaining the status quo can help them avoid risks. Sooner or later, they will lose their low-level jobs to automation. In fact, as the billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel said, “in a world that’s changing so quickly, the biggest risk you can take is not taking any risk.”

Others, on the other hand, argue that change is always a good thing because it is the only way to succeed in the long run. If super successful people and organizations are examined, it will be found that they all have one thing in common: They keep trying new things. They are willing to experiment and fail a lot in order to innovate. This may have downsides in the short term but allows them to remain relevant and competitive over longer periods of time. I agree with this argument because if a person is stagnant for the sake of short-term comfort, they will be guaranteed to fail in the longer term.

In conclusion, although a shift in direction comes with risks, in the long run people will benefit from the shift they made. Therefore, change is always a good thing when thinking long term.

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How to Vary Your Language

Avoid Change
  • Live within the status quo
  • Be stagnant
  • Refuse to Change
Change
  • A shift in direction (It means a change in some aspect of your life.)

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6 CommentsLeave A Comment

  1. could you explain the sentence ” sooner or later, they will lose their low-level jobs to automation” ?

  2. Very articulately written,and I can’t thank you enough for the explanation video… I was really struggling with giving opinion and explaining such abstract things….

  3. You explained in your video that providing an explanation following the topic sentence in a body paragraph is not 100% necessary all the time. Does this also apply to other types of essays, such as agree or disagree?

    1. Yes, you can use this method to answer all types of questions. But I mainly use it to answer “discuss” and “outweigh”. It helps to cut words. For “agree or disagree”, I wouldn’t be able to reach 250 words if I only gives examples in body paragraphs. Hope this helps.

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