On the way to our goals there are many diversions which can throw us off. Some are external such as:
Time consuming job
They all have to be handed delicately of course but if you explain why you are studying now and the benefits then you should be okay.
The most insidious are the internal ones. These are the ones which I see IT people (informational people) get hung up on. Here are some real life examples of people I can see are pissing valuable hours away on self generated rubbish:
Who decided which commands get dashes in the IOS?
Can I get away with cables 101 meters instead of 100?
I’ve been stuck for weeks trying to token ring working.
I’ve been playing around with this old 827 router…
Can I configure my router to forward all broadcasts?
Sure, one day, somehow, maybe – you might need to get the answer to that. Meanwhile days have turned into weeks into months. You still haven’t passed your exam and your kids and wife have given up on you ever passing.
IT is a MASSIVE area and you can find yourself going down any number of blind alleys if you are not careful.
I even have people almost screaming at me, justifying why it is important that you know all the unclassified Cisco IOS commands or how to get into Rommon mode for a 1601 router. The truth is that if it came to it, you could easily Google the answer and move on. If you needed to get some weird problem fixed then you can get the answer so why bother stewing over it now when you could be studying?
What is your core reason for joining the site and buying books, routers, videos etc? I know you want to pass your exam but what difference will it make to your career and your family’s lifestyle?
I am working my butt off to provide for my family, pay for the twins when they come and ensure we have a decent standard of living. I grew up living in a cramped two bedroom house when there were six of us. I don’t have time for pet projects. I’m up at 0530 and have two companies to work on, keep my fitness up, eat healthily and be done by 1800 so I can play with my little girl for an hour, bath her and put her to bed.
You can easily get to the end of the day and have had the appearance of being busy but were you really effective? Who do you think will be hired first – they guy who can do all the core stuff a Cisco engineer needs to do or the guy who knows all the weird and wonderful fixed for problems which may never happen.
Stay on track. 2 hours per day on the theory, labs, cram guide and exams. Fart around with the other stuff if you have a geeky side AFTER the exam.