I get some strange messages sometimes. Well, okay pretty much daily. I guess it comes with having a large list of people getting my messages. Here is one from yesterday in response to my tip of the day.
‘no I don’t have a job yet, in fact for all the money I’ve wasted on trying to get Cisco certified I may as well have become a lawyer.’
Firstly – is any money invested in your own development really a waste? I find most successful people spend around 10% of their disposable income on self improvement. Maybe he hasn’t passed the exam yet but surely all the studying was for some purpose.
Second – you really do not need to spend a lot of money to become Cisco certified. Many people buy a few books which of course you can usually get second hand and plenty of hands on time on live racks. You can even buy eBay kit and sell it after you pass.
Third – attitude is everything. Anyone can pass their exam but it is a hard road with at least 2 hours per day for 60 days. I’ll be honest here with you and tell you that most people who start quit. QUIT QUIT QUIT QUIT QUIT and QUIT again.
At this point they make excuses, fade off back to life as it was pre-goal or look for somebody to blame of course which is an all time favourite.
If the above guy started out training to be a lawyer, which I’ve done by the way he is looking at five years hard grind and you have to start out at the bottom.
Compare that to 60 days and you can make some good money as well!