How time flies – it is now over 10 years ago that I earned my Cisco CCIE R&S number of 22061. It was the culmination of failing the lab quite a few times, trying to study as hard as I could, and had the pressure that my CCIE written prequalification was going to expire soon. I want to do a quick post with my reflection of the CCIE, what it means to me, what it has done for me, and what I see with it now.
When I first earned my CCIE, like many people out there I suspect, my head was bigger than my shoulders could carry and I would let everyone know that I am a CCIE. Looking back on that I realize how much of an arse I probably sounded (and may have acted) like. Lesson learned – just because you have a cert does not mean you need to tell everyone. My advice to you – be proud of what you have accomplished, but don’t let it get to you.Continue reading