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Re: CCIE #16755 posted 08/22/2006
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Quitters do not Win and Winners do not Quit!

Yours is a classic story and an inspiration, with that kind of spirit and determination, your future is in your hands, keep it up.

Godswill Oletu

----- Original Message ----- From: "Jim Ferens" <ferensj@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <ccielab@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2006 3:31 PM
Subject: CCIE #16755

It was a long journey but I finally passed yesterday at RTP. This was my 9th attempt at the lab. The last four attempts I felt confident walking out only to receive that dreaded email and after logging in to find out I had failed again. This last attempt I was much more relaxed and completed everything but 2 questions by lunch. After lunch I finished those up, ran TCLSH scripts, and rechecked everything. I was completed by 2PM. I almost gave up about 3 months ago but now I'm glad I didn't. I started out with IPExpert, using their workbook and moved to the NetMasterClass DoIT Labs. They were the key factor in helping me get over the hump to pass.

Best advice I can give is stick to it. I'm not the brightest or the quickest, but I'm persistent. That is the key. A lot of practice. For the last 6 months I've studied 2-3 hours each night and at least 18 hours over the weekend. Doing lab after lab, changing up the labs, trying new things, knowing the DocCD inside and out. My wife has been wonderful through out all of this. That helped the most. (Also having the equipment made a lot of difference. Ebay was my friend!!!)

Good luck to everyone still on track and thank you to everyone that has contributed to the group. GroupStudy helped in answering a lot of my questions and opened my eyes to some things I never would have though of.

Jim Ferens , CCIE (R&S) #16755 Network Engineer Tier Technologies, Inc

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