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A vendor of ours took me out to lunch last week to just catch up on what we were working on as far as projects. One question came up during lunch that gave me reason to pause. He asked me, “What are your plans after getting your CCIE?” I honestly could not answer him. It has never crossed my mind. I haven’t even visualized passing the lab in my head one bit. Maybe I should start thinking positive huh? Then I started thinking about some of the things I would like to do, such as finally taking up a martial art permanently. How sad is it that the CCIE lab preps become a life struggle that seems to make you contemplate life choices after it! The studying has consumed so much of my time it seems the world is just going on without me. My wife is already four months pregnant and it is almost Spring. Someone please hit the pause button for a few months!

What are my plans after passing the lab? How about a few weeks of binge drinking for starters?

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4 Responses to “Run Forest Run!”

  1. Arden Packeer on February 27th, 2008 12:49 am

    Man I know EXACTLY how you feel. I can’t even remember the last time i read a non-cisco book! It really starts to get to you after a while. I keep thinking, what if I fail?

    It probably means at least a couple more months of study and it is almost impossible to book a lab in Sydney at the moment. I’m not sure if I could stand more study but I don’t think I would let my self quit now even if i wanted to!

    I’m with you though, when I pass..its going to be a one hell of a weekend!

  2. Carl Yost Jr. on February 27th, 2008 10:50 am

    Hehe if I ever tried to quit this journey the wife with smite me down :).

  3. Ethan Banks on February 28th, 2008 2:15 pm

    Oh, man. I’m in the same boat. If I pass in April, then I get my life back. But if I fail (a statistical likelihood), then it’s labs, labs, labs until I make my second attempt. That means I’ll lose another summer of my life to CCIE pursuit. (The actual pursuit, not the blog. 🙂 )

    I can’t really get past what I will do when this thing is behind me. I want to write a book. I want to take bass guitar lessons. I want to start a photo blog as I attempt to climb every 4,000+ footer in New Hampshire. But I can’t really think about any of those things. They aren’t real until I get my digits, and then I’ll see.

    What’s scary is that I’m starting to see the appeal of multiple CCIE specialties. I’m already having thoughts like, “Hey, I just have to learn MPLS and some more BGP, and I could probably nail the SP lab.” It’s true what they say – it IS addicting!

  4. Scott Vermillion on March 8th, 2008 12:50 am

    “What are my plans after passing the lab? How about a few weeks of binge drinking for starters?”

    Hehe. Gotta tell ya Carl, that’s been working out beautifully for me thus far!

    The funny thing that appears to visit most all of us is that sense of “what now – what next?” Study withdraw is a serious medical issue in need of attention, IMHO…

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