vInner Demons

So today’s progress has been somewhat limited in terms of study carried out – I’ve now got to pass a Microsoft exam for HyperV and System Center for company accreditation. End result means that Section 1 of the VCAP Blue print which I was hoping to nail tonight and tomorrow has been slightly delayed.

However I’ve learned some things today outside of technology, well ish they are still related to VCDX but still more to do with the human cost of doing it. I like many of you probably have looked up to people I see online who you consider to be vGods or people of extreme pools of experience who can breeze the VCDX. Well troops it would appear they are human after all and not just that, they actually have feelings and inner demons to conquer to get to the VCDX. I had a very personal chat about a future VCDX (He WILL get there!) and about some of his inner doubts and demons. This surprised me massively as I respect him and his experience even more so now that I can see that he’s “Got back on the horse” after nearly giving up on his dream.

This for me is a massive lesson and I would hope it will be to you too. We all know the VCDX is tough but we as applicants need to be mentally tough as well as knowledgeable in vast areas of an entire virtualisation stack. I can compare this to what the special forces guys have to go through in order to complete their training as they need to dig deep into their souls and maintain a deep rooted belief in that CAN pass and they CAN go further despite what their bodies are going through. They also maintain focus on the prize which for you and I could vary, but ultimately it’s your prize so don’t lose sight of it and believe that you can do it. Am I qualified to say this? Yeah I think so, I’ve had people tell me I can’t achieve this or will never pass that but every single time I’ve proved them wrong and it’s been done by that Infantry Sgt (Read Bio for info) who told me those words about having the will to survive and never giving up.

So back to inner demons. We all have them, we have doubts as to whether we can achieve what we want. The trick is to tell those demons to “Foxtrot Oscar” or words to that affect. Do it for you, do it for your family, do it because it will make you stronger not just for this venture, but for all things you apply yourself to.

I know full well there are going to be some pretty major lows in my attempt(s) in going for the VCDX but, I also know with some support of Social Media, vExperts and the community I will get there as long as I’ve got the will to survive.

That is all…..

Comme Je Fus

Don Ward


IT virtualisation professional since 2002 after serving 7 years in the British Army as a REME Corporal. Currently a Solutions Architect. I'm a dedicated husband, motorcyclist, proud father and owner of two beautiful border collies Monty and Mitch. Hobbies are: Motorcycles - Isle of Man TT/Road races and MotoGP/BSB/WSB Rugby Union Skiing DCS Flight Simulator -A10A/C and SU25 Frogfoot specialist Airsoft - Closer Quarter Battle

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