Planning for success on the CCNA, CCNP, and other Cisco exams is much like taking a trip in your car. You’ve got to plan ahead, accept the occasional detour, and just keep on going until you get there. But what do you do before you get started?
Create a road map – for success.
If you were driving from one side of the country to another, you certainly wouldn’t just get in your car and start driving, would you? No. You would plan the trip out ahead of time. What would happen if you just got in the car and started driving in the hope that you would someday arrive at your final destination? You would never get there, and you’d spend a lot of time wandering aimlessly.
Don’t spend your study time and slow your progress by studying for a Cisco exam without planning the trip. Schedule your study time as you would an appointment with a client, and keep that appointment. Make sure that your study time is quality study – turn your TV, iPod, and cell off. If you hit a bump in the road and don’t get your certification the first time you take the exam, regroup and create another plan. Study until you get to the point that on exam day, you know that you are already a CCNA or CCNP and you’re just there at the testing center to make it official.
The journey to success is not a straight line. When you look at a chart that shows a company’s financial progress, the line never goes straight up. there are some ups and downs, but the overall result is success. The path to your eventual career and certification exam success may not be a direct one, but the important part is to get started – and to get any journey started, you’ve got to create a road map for a successful arrival at your destination.