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Well after midway through lab once of the IE workbook II I realized my foundation is weak at best and I was way over my head. In reading Ethan’s post on “How Ready am I?” I came to realize I still have the time to step back and do what he said he wishes he did. Start off with smaller labs in the beginning. IÂ did a bunch of the Internetwork workbook I labs, but I rushed through them, eager to start workbook II and get ever so closer to the prize. Now I see my fatal flaw and mistake. I am not ready for workbook II. I made it through a good portion of the workbook but when it came to the BGP portion and further I realized I am not ready. I need to go back and work on the foundation some more. I need to realize I might not be ready for the lab in July and I might need more time with our baby on the way. A ton needs to be done around the house for the arrival.

I had a suggestion from someone of buying and trying Narbik’s “The Foundation” workbook to help close the gap. It is only $295 which is $400 less than what it used to be through ccboot. I will have to think on it. If anyone has used it and has an opinion on it let me know! I honestly can say I am not ready to go back and sit through all the Internetwork Expert COD’s some more. I honestly feel at this point that I didn’t pull much out of them the first time. I need to buckle down and read some more for sure. One thing is for certain though, I am someone who needs to work out topics as I do them. I cannot sit and watch someone else go over topics and pick them up. I wish I didn’t wait a year after my CCNP was complete either to start my CCIE studies. I feel like I forgot an awful lot and my brain is screaming in protest to have to go back to some topics once more.

I think I am going to take a few days and to relax and figure out my new approach because it is obvious I failed at the current one I have had since July of 2007. One thing I am happy about is how my Dynamips lab held up. It ran like a champ. I was curious how it would run with all the connections bridge out to my 3550’s and 3560’s, but everything ran well. Only small issue I had was when I did a “show run” on my DR R5 it will relink with R3 and R4 after changing the dead-time intervals to minimum with a 3 hello multiplier. It only happened though when doing a “show run” though so I am ok with that…

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2 Responses to ““It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius”

  1. Andy Jiang on February 21st, 2009 8:40 pm

    Dear sir,
    “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
    This translation may be wrong,cause I found many confucius books and can not find the conrespondent chinese version.
    Could you reassure it for my doubt?

    best regards

  2. Jessica Ch on January 24th, 2010 11:37 pm

    It is translated figuratively and it is correct. The literal translation of the proverb is “not afraid of slow, afraid of stationary”. Hope that helps.

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