IELTS Writing task 2 (Advantage / Disadvantage Essay)

In some culture, children are often told that they can achieve anything if they try hard enough. 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of giving children this message?


Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience

Write at least 250 words.




Every individual needs the motivation to achieve their objectives or do a new thing. In case of children, this is also the same. There are some culture where the guardians told their children that if they try harder, they can accomplish anything. This message can produce several effects on their children’s mind.

In the social point of view, telling this to children is very important because we are motivating the child not to give up. We are making them try hard, to make an effort, to read between the lines and at the end of that long path achieve their objective. A 13 years old kid Jordan Romero, climbed the Everest, which is the highest mountain of the word with his parents, is a living example. He proved that nothing is impossible for a kid if they try hard enough to do certain things.

However, it is not always helpful sometimes. Some things require physical ability where other things need talent. Sometimes children become depressed when they face failure even though they tried hard enough. Over motivation can cause mental pressure on children which is not good at all for their mental growth as well as for their physical development. In the economic point of view, if our objectives demand a lot of money, we are again in the same situation, although we work hard, it would be difficult to achieve it. 

To sum up, we are teaching to children how life works. It demands hard work, effort and a lot of dedication. In the end, if you have done all these things but you still did not achieve your goal, you will be happy anyway because you did your best. 


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  1. In some societies, adults used to advise the offspring that anything can be achievable by trying hard enough. By believing in this, children will be able to achive their targets and will be motivated to do so, but there are also some drawbacks in this to be taken into account.

    The main advantage of giving such advice to children is that they will go for their goals wihthout easily giving up. Since most of the young children often do not tend to make effort to achieve something, but rather loose motivation trying only to some extent. For example, when a child wants to learn the guitar, he does not know how hard it takes to practice the instrument step by step. Instead, he tries some advance methods and may give up without learning anything at all. If the child were adviced to make effort harder, it could motivate him and end up learning the guitar well.

    On the other hand, one drawback of this type of advice is that it could be potentially dangerous for the mentality of some children. That is, by keep pushing a child to try harder and harder for something, and if the child failed, he would get depressed severly. Consequently this would lead to deplete the sefl confidance in him loosing un-achievable targets.

    Another issue with this is children may try to gain unlawful goals. For instance, youngsters are usually get interested in many things that they see. If this advice had been implanted in a child who is with a strong desire to get a sophisticated toy that his firend owns, he would make plans to get it to himself by any mean. Such behaviours will lead to extreme criminal ends in future, thus advising the children with such facts could turn into negative effects as well.

    In conclusion, while the habit of some cutures to tell children that anything can be achievable by giving effort hard enough could have some benefits, these advices may lead issues of the metality as well as some harmful behaviours of young children.

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