Are you thinking about a lofty certification like CCIE? In this series of posts, I am going to cover the awesome e-book from CBT Nuggets on how to succeed with online training.
But I will be covering this text with a slant on one of our favorite topics here at AJS Networking – the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert cert!
The first thing I really want you to focus on is your attitude about the whole thing. Here is the deal – it just HAS to be positive. Pretty darn positive most of the time. You are going to be practicing and studying so much, with basically yourself to account to, that is really possible you could throw up your hands and just ditch the whole idea.
Maybe we hit some topics that are vey difficult. Maybe several of our practice sessions seem like a waste of time. Maybe we even experience a NOT PASS in an actual attempt at the exam.
We have to work through these obstacles mentally and keep that incredibly positive attitude. Remember – you really love practicing this stuff and mastering it. You most likely got hooked on the whole concept when you crushed CCENT, then CCNA, then your CCNP.
I would suggest you revisit your RPM (thanks Tony Robbins).
What is it that you Really want? CCIE of course!
What is your Purpose in achieving it? Why do you really want it? List these out – I came up with about 8 reasons for the CCIE Security pursuit.
What is you Massive action plan to get there? Sure – there are a ton of steps, but remember, you LOVE this stuff.
I know that the pursuit can be a lonely one. As a people person (big time), I often feel that loneliness, especially since my family thinks the ASA stands for the American Sailing Association. Please use this blog to connect with me and others that are in this pursuit right along with you.
Tonight I am picking up my instructor from his long flight from Mumbai. That’s right – Rohit Pardasani right here in Tampa, Florida. He is on his way to instruct in Mexico. I will be sure to shoot some video for his guidance on his unstoppable passion, his incredibly positive attitude, that has helped him achieve 4 CCIEs, including the brutally difficult Voice CCIE.
How are you feeling about your CCIE pursuit? Let me know in the comments below!