Nicole Briddon, CCIE #43730
I went the self-study route. INE is what I will always come back to, CCIE and beyond. The detail, and dedication of making 156 videos, really paid off, it seems. Besides study materials, inspiration from some pretty great 'role models' kept me going and wanting to never stop learning. Especially the good ones, back in the Marine Corps - the beginning of my career and realizing what I really wanted to do. But also, the bad ones - the 'CCIE Written passers' who had the attitude that shortcuts were better, despite repeated failings and attitude clashes. Even bad examples can help you stick to your path.