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Re: CCIE Lab Prep Tip: Make Yourself Uncomfortable! posted 11/16/2006
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Real men fly Hang Gliders! 



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Quoting anthony.sequeira@xxxxxxxxxxx <anthony.sequeira@xxxxxxxxxxx>:
        "YOUR RACK IS ON FIRE" - I like it Scott! 
        Brad - thanks for sharing an incredible story - I will fly with you
        anytime! I am working on my Instrument ticket now - it sure is
        -----Original Message-----
        From: Scott Morris [mailto:swm@xxxxxxxxxx] 
        Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 7:57 PM
        To: 'Brad Ellis'; Sequeira, Anthony (NETg); ccielab@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
        Subject: RE: CCIE Lab Prep Tip: Make Yourself Uncomfortable!
        Fortunately for everyone around, neither screaming "YOUR RACK IS ON
        nor zapping candidates with lightning is part of the testing process!
        Although I'd hazard a guess that some people feel that way sometimes!
        Think there would be much fewer candidates then?  :)
        Good pic though.
        I haven't had time for hobbies like that in years!  I'll stick to flying
        with dear old Dad when I get the urge.  (Much faster than the Cessna
        Scott Morris, CCIE4 (R&S/ISP-Dial/Security/Service Provider) #4713,
        #153, CISSP, et al.
        IPExpert VP - Curriculum Development
        IPExpert Sr. Technical Instructor
        -----Original Message-----
        From: nobody@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:nobody@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
        Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 7:30 PM
        To: anthony.sequeira@xxxxxxxxxxx; ccielab@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
        Subject: OT: CCIE Lab Prep Tip: Make Yourself Uncomfortable!
        You fly?  Cool!  How many hours?  solo yet?
        Since we're talking about flying (my favorite past time)
        You want uncomfortable...I'm an instrument rated pilot with about 500
        and 1 year ago while flying a Cirrus SR22 single engine (glass cockpit)
        got hit by lightning at 10,000 ft MSL, but 3,000 ft AGL ***IMC*** while
        was starting to pick up light rhyme...the lightning came in through the
        prop, and out three places:
        1) the tail - big hole in tail (see picture below)
        2) the com2 antenna
        3) the front wheel fairing (melted one of the tow hooks completely)
        The avionics in the cockpit caught on fire and I had more smoke in my
        cockpit than at a busy casino.  The glass cockpit flashed off, blue
        screened, rebooted, and came back up.  Com2 and the autopilot got fried
        completely (the lovely devices causing the smokey nightclub effect in my
        cockpit).  Basically for about 1 minute, I was IMC, smoke in the
        3000 ft AGL, picking up rhyme, and flying on backup instruments...
        wrote an article about it a while ago to publish in an airplane
        If you want the whole article, shoot me an email offlist, and I'll dig
        it up
        for ya.
        pic of the tail is here:
        Let's just say I'd rather take 10 CCIE lab exams with an electric probe
        my butt that zaps me for every typo before I'd go through a direct
        hit again...
        Keep fly'n Anthony!  I've got some other great stories for ya if you
        want to
        give me a call sometime.  :)  (near misses, icing horror stories, racing
        lear jet, all sorts of fun...)
        (now my pilot call sign is Capt. Sparky...go figure)
        Capt. Sparkey
        CCIE#5796 (R&S / Security)
        Network Learning Inc - A Cisco Sponsored Organization (SO) YES! We take
        Cisco Learning credits!
        brad@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Cisco Training and Advanced Technology Rental Racks)
        Voice: 702-968-5100
        FAX: 702-446-8012
        ----- Original Message -----
        From: <anthony.sequeira@xxxxxxxxxxx>
        To: <ccielab@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
        Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 2:51 PM
        Subject: CCIE Lab Prep Tip: Make Yourself Uncomfortable!
        > When I am not teaching or writing about routers and switches, I am
        > typically either playing poker or flying. I use a plane to do the
        > by the way. . .
        > I had to take over 1 year off from flying thanks to a little nightmare
        > called the CCIE Lab Exam. I recently visited my local flight school in
        > order to get recertified and get back up in the air.
        > I took off with an instructor and we flew over to a nearby airport. He
        > indicated that he wanted me to land on Runway 12 and perform a "touch
        > and go" in order to do it all over again. I managed to get the plane
        > down with the clean side up and as we were coming around for another
        > landing my instructor asked me how the landing felt. I replied that it
        > felt pretty awful - I felt like I was wrestling the plane to the
        > and was sweating the landing a bit.
        > On the next landing - he again asked me how I felt. This time, I felt
        > great! It was like old times and the landing felt completely
        > comfortable. Just then, my instructor reached over and pulled all
        > power. He exclaimed "GET THIS PLANE ON THE RUNWAY NOW!" I gulped and
        > started to turn for the "base leg". "WE ARE ON FIRE - GET TO THE
        > NOW!" my instructor shouted. I decided I better forget about the base
        > leg and pointed the nose directly at the strip - needless to say - I
        > a little uncomfortable again!
        > My latest aviation instructor is a great one. He is constantly
        > that I am not comfortable during my training as the above example
        > demonstrates.
        > I think candidates should consider this in their own prep for the lab!
        > If you are getting very comfortable in your lab simulations - you
        > be doing yourself a disservice!
        > What if you get in the lab and there are diagrams that are very
        > different from what you are used to? In fact, what if the diagrams
        > like they were written by a four year old child using a blunt Crayola
        > crayon? What if the topics are presented in a crazy order? What if
        > VLANs are all completely built and your job is to troubleshoot this
        > configuration?
        > Chances are - if these things happen - you might get a bit
        > uncomfortable. And trust me - the actual CCIE Lab Exam is not where
        > want to feel discomfort. In fact, the proctor Howard in RTP always
        > a piece of advice before you start - "Have Fun!" Why is he saying this
        > well - he is trying to give you a valuable tip - if you are having fun
        > and you are not uncomfortable - you probably have a good chance of
        > passing.
        > One way to make yourself uncomfortable during your preparations is to
        > mix it up and try simulations from other vendors. If you cannot afford
        > this (I certainly could not), then take the simulations you do have
        > work on changing them up rather dramatically. Keep making yourself as
        > uncomfortable as possible. One of the worst things you could do I
        > is to keep doing the same lab over and over again. Sure - you would
        > start getting the simulated lab done in 2 hours and you would be
        > practicing on your speed - but boy - would you get a false sense of
        > confidence. You would be way too comfortable.
        > Maybe we can get one of the vendors to create a Super Rack - 6
        > 12 routers. Then they design a practice lab around the Super Rack that
        > tries to break from all normal lab conventions! See I am uncomfortable
        > just writing this.
        > If you get creative - you can think of plenty of ways to make yourself
        > uncomfortable during your practice in order to benefit yourself when
        > counts.
        > I hope this tip helps you as you prepare for your exam attempt(s).
        > Yours,
        > Anthony J Sequeira
        > #15626
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