It has been two weeks since I passed the CCIE R&S written exam and I must admit I am a little disappointed with myself. Instead of hitting the books, VODs and labs, I am more into motivational stuff, I just acquired a number of books from Zig Ziglar, Joel Osteen, Tim Robbins. At the back of my mind, CCIE is more than just a skill test but a heart and mental test.
I do acknowledge that only 5-10% of people who took the lab exam pass on their first attempt. I do want to become part of that elite group passing this elite certification. I do want to pass on my first attempt and will do whatever it takes to achieve it. So after the written exam, I devoted 2 weeks prepping up mentally and physically before I go deep into the lab studies.
So part of my non-negotiable now everyday is to wake up at 5am and go for an exercise atleast 30min every single day. During those 30 minutes I feed my mind with motivational/inspirational speeches from Les Brown, Tim Robbins, Zig Ziglar. I can attest starting out the day like this made significant improvement in areas in my life specially at work.
But all these motivational stuff can only take me so far, unless I start studying, hit the books and the labs. So I have started setting up my calendar to hit study goals for each week. I am still looking for CCIE study groups in my area if not in Australia, so far I have been unsuccessful or maybe I have just not looked long enough to find them.
Cheesy as it may sound, but really I am still amazed I got the written exam. I am really halfway there. But if I think about it deeply, its only the beginning.