This is some of Russ White’s finest writing on the career development using a lecture from CS Lewis as a baseline
First, stop worrying. You’re not any dumber than anyone else in this industry. You’re not any smarter, either, so get over both of these. No-one can really learn at the rate the networking industry requires. No-one really knows everything. It just doesn’t happen in the real world. Sip from the firehose long enough, and you end up with busted lips. Trust me, I’ve been there.
So very true.
Fourth, learn the basics yourself. Learn how SPF works, not which bit is what in OSPF. Think through how BGP converges, rather than memorizing a list of BGP communities. Learn how to use models and ideas to relate things together. See through the skin of a technology and grock how it works. Yes, LISP and ATM LANE really are similar. Yes, VLANs and Frame Relay circuits really have a lot of things in common. It’s not just your imagination — it’s an important skill to see these similarities, and understand how to use them to your advantage.
Really, go right now and read the entire post. Wonderful.
Keep blogging people, it leads to inspiration like this (which can’t and doesn’t happen on twitter or linkedin)