BOOM! I passed! #27143

Well I finally did it!  After a year and half of studying practically
every day I am happy to say I am CCIE #27143!  I am proud to say I
failed the exam 4 times, I wear each one like a badge of honor.  And for
$1,400 each, those badges are made of a rare gold/titanium/diamond
composite material, they are beautiful. 

My road to becoming a CCIE had
many unexpected twists and turns.  I got my CCNA back in 2002.  I
studied for 2 months and passed it on my 1st try, so I must be pretty
darn good right?  Well in 2005 I decided to try for my CCNP.  I soon
discovered I had let my CCNA expire, so I had to retake that first. 
Within 6 months I passed the CCNA and all 4 CCNP tests, so I must be the
man right?  Then I got my first real networking job and soon discovered
that I was truly just a paper champion and had no clue how to design or
configure anything.  I learned on the job and quickly got up to speed. 

Feeling pretty good about myself I decided it was time to test my metal
and go for the CCIE, time to see what I was really made of!!  Having no
clue what I was in for, I jumped on with INE and started Workbook I,
page 1, and soon found out I was made out of a doughy, soupy mixture of
gross ignorance.  Its true what they say about "not knowing how far down
the rabbit hole goes".  It basically means I didn't know what I didn't
know.  There was no light at the end of the tunnel because I couldn't
even find the entrance into the tunnel to start with.  I was to scared
to even read the Anthony's expanded blue print because it may as well
have been Greek to me.  But I kept my head down and kept plugging away
with the faith that eventually, if I didn't give up, the dust would
settle and everything would start to become clear. 

Many many months
later I started to get that feeling, the feeling that I at least knew
all the topics needed to pass the test in a small way.  It was just a
matter of becoming expert at all of them as fast as I possibly could.  I
spent month after month after month studying these topics and doing
Workbook II labs.  Finally I couldn't take it anymore, had decided I had
to schedule the Lab Exam and see where I was, I needed a gauge of my
progress.  You other Type A personalities out there know what I am
talking about.  I studied day and night for the month leading up to the
test and thought I was ready.  I bombed that exam so bad it could be
heard in Tampa. 

I went back a month later and took it again, then
again, then again.  That 4th one really hurt.  I felt like I was as
prepared as I could be, felt like I aced it, but had failed.  I truly
contemplated giving up.  I told myself that hey, this test is hard, not
everyone can pass it and you just might be one of those people.  I was
almost completely burned out on it...the studying, the hemorrhaging of
money, the dream of achieving my goal.  But with the support and
encouragement of my family, I gathered whatever bit of will power that
was left and scheduled my 5th exam.  One more time, I said. 

I wrote
down my weakest topics and attacked them with everything I had.  One
such topic was QOS, and INE really stepped up and did whatever they
could to get me over that hump, I am very grateful.  I arrived at RTP
feeling more confident than ever and went in there Friday not to just
take the test, but to own that test!  And own it I did.  I knew I had
passed it before the seafood lunch break (it was good!).  I was smiling
throughout the test knowing I had finally beaten something that beaten
my so many times before, and I'm not sure I've stopped smiling since. 

So to all my fellow pursuers who might be thinking of giving up, DO
NOT!  It is so worth it.  Take it from someone who started this whole
thing at "1+1" and has taken it all the way to friggin string theory. 
It is something no one can take away from you, ever!  Thanks to INE and
all my friends at the IEOC, couldn't have done it without you!


Cheers!
Arrie Jones, aka SpongeWorthy, aka #27143!!!!!

Comments

  • Congratulations [:D]

  • Enjoy your success!

    Eric

  • Congratulations and enjoy the number :).

  • Congrats

  • Congrats!!

  • That is awesome, congratulations. Very much deserved, your determination to pass this very difficult exam is inspirational, after seeing your post after the last failed attempt it looked like you were very close to giving up, I am glad you didn't. Enjoy your success.












  • Congratulations Arrie!  I’m
    glad that we were able to help you accomplish your goal, and that you stayed
    determined during the process.  I’m sure that your success story will be an
    inspiration to many candidates out there.

     

    Congrats!

     

    Brian McGahan, CCIE #8593 (R&S/SP/Security)

    [email protected]

     

    Internetwork Expert, Inc.

    http://www.INE.com

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    From: [email protected]
    [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of SpongeWorthy

    Sent: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:47 AM

    To: Brian McGahan

    Subject: [success] BOOM! I passed! #27143

     

    Well I finally did it!  After a year and half of studying practically
    every day I am happy to say I am CCIE #27143!  I am proud to say I failed
    the exam 4 times, I wear each one like a badge of honor.  And for $1,400
    each, those badges are made of a rare gold/titanium/diamond composite material,
    they are beautiful. 

    My road to becoming a CCIE had many unexpected twists and turns.  I got
    my CCNA back in 2002.  I studied for 2 months and passed it on my 1st try,
    so I must be pretty darn good right?  Well in 2005 I decided to try for my
    CCNP.  I soon discovered I had let my CCNA expire, so I had to retake that
    first.  Within 6 months I passed the CCNA and all 4 CCNP tests, so I must
    be the man right?  Then I got my first real networking job and soon
    discovered that I was truly just a paper champion and had no clue how to design
    or configure anything.  I learned on the job and quickly got up to
    speed. 

    Feeling pretty good about myself I decided it was time to test my metal and
    go for the CCIE, time to see what I was really made of!!  Having no clue
    what I was in for, I jumped on with INE and started Workbook I, page 1, and
    soon found out I was made out of a doughy, soupy mixture of gross
    ignorance.  Its true what they say about "not knowing how far down
    the rabbit hole goes".  It basically means I didn't know what I
    didn't know.  There was no light at the end of the tunnel because I
    couldn't even find the entrance into the tunnel to start with.  I was to
    scared to even read the Anthony's expanded blue print because it may as well
    have been Greek to me.  But I kept my head down and kept plugging away
    with the faith that eventually, if I didn't give up, the dust would settle and
    everything would start to become clear. 

    Many many months later I started to get that feeling, the feeling that I at
    least knew all the topics needed to pass the test in a small way.  It was
    just a matter of becoming expert at all of them as fast as I possibly
    could.  I spent month after month after month studying these topics and
    doing Workbook II labs.  Finally I couldn't take it anymore, had decided I
    had to schedule the Lab Exam and see where I was, I needed a gauge of my
    progress.  You other Type A personalities out there know what I am talking
    about.  I studied day and night for the month leading up to the test and
    thought I was ready.  I bombed that exam so bad it could be heard in
    Tampa. 

    I went back a month later and took it again, then again, then again. 
    That 4th one really hurt.  I felt like I was as prepared as I could be,
    felt like I aced it, but had failed.  I truly contemplated giving
    up.  I told myself that hey, this test is hard, not everyone can pass it
    and you just might be one of those people.  I was almost completely burned
    out on it...the studying, the hemorrhaging of money, the dream of achieving my
    goal.  But with the support and encouragement of my family, I gathered
    whatever bit of will power that was left and scheduled my 5th exam.  One
    more time, I said. 

    I wrote down my weakest topics and attacked them with everything I
    had.  One such topic was QOS, and INE really stepped up and did whatever
    they could to get me over that hump, I am very grateful.  I arrived at on
    RTP feeling more confident than ever and went in there Friday not to just take
    the test, but to own that test!  And own it I did.  I knew I had
    passed it before the seafood lunch break (it was good!).  I was smiling
    throughout the test knowing I had finally beaten something that beaten my so
    many times before, and I'm not sure I've stopped smiling since. 

    So to all my fellow pursuers who might be thinking of giving up, DO
    NOT!  It is so worth it.  Take it from someone who started this whole
    thing at "1+1" and has taken it all the way to friggin string
    theory.  It is something no one can take away from you, ever!  Thanks
    to INE and all my friends at the IEOC, couldn't have do it without you!



    Cheers!

    Arrie Jones, aka SpongeWorthy, aka #27143!!!!!







    Internetwork Expert - The Industry Leader in CCIE Preparation

    http://www.internetworkexpert.com



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  • No surprise here. Congrats!

     

    I'm hoping to clear mine which is coming up fast January 17 2011 [:|]

  • Great News Sponge!

    Congratz!

  • Congrats :) 

     

    you have a lot of patience 

  • CONGRATS Sponge, very inspirational story, thanks for sharing your journey with us both in this topic and in your other ones. Enjoy those numbers!

  • Great story...my first time is Nov 15th

  • Hey Arrie, Congratulations! I always wondered whether you passed or not after we had that conversation outside of the building right after the test. Remember me? I'm the baldy guy who was taking the test for the first time and got that cherry popped...lol Write back. Congrats again.

  • Congrats Arrie

    You are SpongeWorthy CCIEWorthy!

  • Damn...... this is a good post man!

    Inspirational!

     

  • Great Job!

    Aren't you glad that Edison didn't quit after failing 999 times!  He didn't even get a "free" lunch. Ha Ha.

    Ernie

  • Great story of determination. I am a type A personality too and it really hurt my ego and humbled me when I didn't pass my first attempt. I took 3 months between attempts and on my second attempt I was devistated that I did not pass. I thought I had aced it.

    Like you I was disillusioned, I had spent sooo much time, energy and money! I didn't know what else I was suppose to do. So, I took a break, nearly a full year off from studying R&S. I picked up my CCSP and CCNP: Security in that time. Then, I finally decided it was time to get back to it. I spent 6 months studying for my third attempt and I studied with more dedication than I probably ever have the last 2 months leading up to my attempt.

    Like you, I was feeling really good at lunch but, I was also very wary like my last attempt. I didn't get my hopes up and just stayed focused. Anyway, I passed on my third attempt. What a relief isnt it!? Knowing that you CAN do it!

    Are you going for another CCIE or are you stopping at R&S?

  • Well done!! Congrats!

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