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# Very often one hears a person who has become famous

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Very often one hears a person who has become famous or successful in their field or endeavor say that they "knew it all along." Although there may be a bit of rosy hindsight in such a claim, the fact remains that self-confidence is an indispensable component of success.

The author of the above passage would most likely agree with which of the statements below?

A. It is not possible to become successful in one's field of endeavor unless one has a certain amount of self-confidence.
B. Self-confidence is an innate trait, and cannot be influenced by such factors as environment and circumstance.
C. What famous and successful people claim, and what is actually the case, are very often two different things.
D. Although there may be successful people who are self-confident, there are many more self-confident people who are not successful.
E. Once a person is famous, self-confidence becomes less important than quotidian considerations such as careful planning and foresight.

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13 Aug 2014, 22:04
I Dont Agree with the OA.It looks more of a Inference(conclusion) rather than what Author agrees about.
Please explain me the OA ...
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14 Aug 2014, 00:16
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karna2129 wrote:
I Dont Agree with the OA.It looks more of a Inference(conclusion) rather than what Author agrees about.
Please explain me the OA ...

Dear Karna2129, I respect your opinion but I will be the wrong person to debate the structure of the question since this is a Grockit question which is now a part of Kaplan. So may be those folks can throw more light on your doubt on the structure of the question.

Let me try and help you with some explanation. Below are 2 versions of the explanation, one official and other mine

OE: The author of the argument says that although there is a bit of after-the-fact confidence in statements like “I knew it all along,” eventual success requires self-confidence. The author, then, would agree with (A), which says exactly this: Success requires self-confidence. We have no idea what the author would think of (B), (C) plays off of the author’s small concession to rosy hindsight but grossly exaggerates the conclusion, (D) suggests the author’s views on whether or not most self-confident people are successful. For all we know, the author may believe that very few self-confident people are unsuccessful. And finally, (E) suggests that the author considers self-confidence more important in achieving success than maintaining it. Again, this is another issue about which we don’t know the author’s thoughts.

My 2 cents: what is the evidence for the author to come to a conclusion that although there may be some some rosy hindsight (understanding of a situation only after it gets completed) but still self-confidence is absolutely necessary? This means that say whatever you want as a reason for your success but self confidence is there to stay and in a way is the actual reason behind your success. And the evidence here is that people give a reason for their success by saying that they knew it all along and not acknowledging the self-confidence part of it. So what if I become successful without self-confidence, then that would weaken my conclusion. So an option that substantiates my claim that self-confidence is indeed necessary will be my answer. Hence A. All other options are either irrelevant or are out of scope.

I hope these explanations helped. Cheers!!
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04 Sep 2014, 08:50
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karna2129 wrote:
I Dont Agree with the OA.It looks more of a Inference(conclusion) rather than what Author agrees about.
Please explain me the OA ...

Hi,

To quote the author of the argument: " ... is an indispensable component .... "
He clearly says that it's not something you can do without....

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04 Sep 2014, 12:58
OA is rightly inferred. Moreover the problems lies in the source of question as the question has grammatical errors.

Very often one hears a person who has become famous or successful in their [should be singular] field or endeavor say that they [should be singular] "knew it [ where is the antecedent of "it"] all along." Although there may be a bit of rosy hindsight in such a claim, the fact remains that self-confidence is an indispensable component of success.
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30 Apr 2016, 03:58
Option A fits the bill more on account of POE. Can someone give the source ?
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30 Apr 2016, 08:49
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Option A fits the bill more on account of POE. Can someone give the source ?

spetznaz

Its a KAPLAN (formerly Grockit) Question as stated by execnitinsharma

very-often-one-hears-a-person-who-has-become-famous-176321.html#p1393072

IMHO OA is correct !!

The key word to consider here is " Hindsight " , and according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary it means " the knowledge and understanding that you have about an event only after it has happened "

THe author has stated
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" the fact remains that self-confidence is an indispensable component of success. "

This suggests that Self Confidence is an important and necessary component of success..

This IMHO (A) is good !!
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28 Jan 2019, 22:55
karna2129 wrote:
I Dont Agree with the OA.It looks more of a Inference(conclusion) rather than what Author agrees about.
Please explain me the OA ...

A is reworded statement of the author’s claim that self confidence is an INDISPENSABLE component of success. This clearly means that according to the author success can not be achieved without some amount of self confidence. Other answer choices add some or the other things which have not even been discussed by the author. Therefore, A is correct.

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