Mendicant ( Men – dee – cant) is a term I use to describe people who have chosen to pursue the CCIE study path. Although the dictionary refers to a Mendicant as a religious person who relies on gifts or begging for to survive, I like to use the extended definition from Wikipedia
” in order that all their time and energy could be expended on practicing or preaching their religion or way of life and serving the poor.”
While Cisco isn’t a religion, the study and learning process has some monastic qualities such as all time spent studying or practicing, poverty due to study and lab time.
Thus, a CCIE student, should be considered a MENDICANT.