IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 161 - Only people who earn a lot of money are successful

IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Only people who earn a lot of money are successful.

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

You should write at least 250 words.

Model Answer:
I think that the question whether money is the main indicator of people's success is a controversial one. Some people believe that only one who earns a lot of money is successful. However, other people think one who does not earn a lot of money can be successful too. For several reasons, which I will list bellow, I agree with those people who think that money is an indicator of success.

First of all, if a person earns a lot of money it means he or she has unique knowledge and experience and people want to pay for these. For example, a good lawyer is often paid a very high salary, because he or she has won many cases and people are ready to pay big money for his knowledge.

A second example is that a salary of a surgeon simplicity depends on his experience and knowledge and on how many surgeries he has completed successfully. In this case surgeon's salary simplicity depends on surgeon's success. Secondly, a high salary is an indicator of a prosperous career and profession. People change their jobs, move from one place to another looking for a more interesting and better-paid job. Of cause, some people do not care about salary as long as they like their job, but from my everyday experience and observation, I can state that the majority of people who are not satisfied with their revenue would exchange their current job for another one with a higher salary.

Finally, money plays, maybe, unfortunately, an essential role in our modern life. So, people who earn a lot of money by working hard are considered to be successful. Maybe it sounds a little mercenary but I think that success must be encouraged financially otherwise it is not a success.

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0 # Andy 2019-02-23 02:35
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Only people who earn a lot of money are successful.

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Sample Answer:
Maslow's theory of basic needs has placed self-actualization on the top of the hierarchy of needs. So many people ask whether money is a determinant of self-actualization and success or there are more important factors for that. This is a debatable topic and I believe that there are more factors that determine success in one’s life rather than monetary gains.

In this contemporary capitalist world, human beings have an insatiable desire for wealth. Money is often seen by many as the ultimate degree of success and thus an athlete measures his achievements on the number of gold medals he has own and a businessman is often judged by the amount of money he makes rather than what benefits they are bringing to the society. Thus we often consider people successful with the wealth they amass rather than what they contribute to society.

However, money is never the most important element to be successful and a lot of scientists, artists and war heroes whom we tribute our ultimate respect and love were not rich at all. Thus a scientist may have a lot of money, but for him, success is the innovation he has presented to others. A professor, on the other hand, may garner success based on the number of students who passed the exams. Politicians achieve success when they are elected. There are even some who peg success on the amount of knowledge and experience they have gained. Thus the concept of success may vary to a great extent and money can never be the only criteria to be successful in life.

To recapitulate, I believe different people measure success in different ways. It all depends on the career choice one has made. Yes, net worth is used to measure success, but it is not a sole determinant.
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0 # George Upina 2018-04-14 08:39
In some cases, you are correct - success is not all about money. But if someone is paid by working hard, then he is still a slave to his time. I won't say he is successful.Any employee or small business owner is the slave to his boss or to his time.
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0 # Jasbir 2019-01-04 23:28
Completely agree with your point of view.
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