So, I passed the ICND2 and then just kind of flatlined. I took some time bought the CCNA Collaboration material, work changed my direction to CCNA Security, and I'm working through the CCNA Security now.
What I did want to say is I flatlined because I failed on December 11th with a 778/811. That was a punch to the gut in a very hard time of life. I'd just gotten back from a mission's trip to Haiti in late November and unfortunately my wife and I discovered we miscarried twins the week before.
I pulled it together, studied in the morning before work for an hour, listened to the Chris Bryant's udemy course on the drive to work, built a question base in quizlet (used that at work in my free time), hammered the Boson exam sim (at work and at home), and went to the gym where I watched more CCNA videos while working out with the wife and just lived to pass the ICND2. I sat for it a month later and passed on January 12th.
I think hearing about people's failures is as important as hearing about people's successes in a reddit like this. This was one of the hardest tests I've ever taken. Also, could've been a lot of other things going on.
But anyway, I say this to say stick it out and it is worth it!
I'm sitting here tonight not feeling the drive after finishing Ch. 15 and came here for encouragement to be honest. I just wanted to say thank you guys for this reddit and wish you all the best as we continue down this road together.