How Eduardo Cracked His CISSP Exam!

Eduardo is my CISSP hero.  

There was a moment when he was participating heavily in the group, and I noticed English may not have been his first language, but he still commented what he could.  Regardless of what he says below, I think everyone understood what Eduardo was saying in the comments, the English was fine.  

He had such a great and friendly attitude about him, just so in-tune with the overall attitude of the group.

But then the comments and posts stopped.  I thought he might have lost interest, or he got busy, or maybe the group was just someplace he killed time at on social media.  

No.  Eduardo had a brain hemorrhage.  It is serious stuff.  Here’s an excerpt about it: 

“A brain hemorrhage is a type of stroke. It’s caused by an artery in the brain bursting and causing localized bleeding in the surrounding tissues. This bleeding kills brain cells.”

People who have died from this type of incident include : Franklin D. Roosevelt, Josephine Baker, and Amrish Puri.  

If you do recover from it, you are almost never the same.  Most people might give up, or take it easy in their lives after such an event.  Giving up on their hopes and dreams.

Not Eduardo though.  He recovered.  He studied.  He was driven.  He had a mean comeback like the revenge of the Sith.  

He was determined to get the CISSP at all costs.  

And he did.  

I am in tears just writing this, at how incredible the human spirit can be.  

If you ever feel like giving up, think of my friend Eduardo.  

Thank you so much for being part of this group Eduardo, your presence challenges us all to better ourselves. 


Eduardo Olguin Hey guys finally I did it and I want to share my CISSP experience, but before I start I want to tell you something pretty clear: 4 months ago a had an unexpected Brain hemorrhage (pretty serious stuff); today I am happy to be alive and to be CISSP, so I don’t want attention BUT if I could, what’s your excuse???

The way is not easy and the exam neither, is NOT an easy thing.

The key to pass this exam are 2 things: 1) how mad you want it, and 2) the force behind you (your wife/husband, your family, your sons/daughters, your friends, love, a better position, a rise in salary, a better world….the list ca go on and on…you have to find yours)

Let me tell you this on my own experience, this exam is not so technical BUT you will need to know how the stuff woks, let me explain this….You will learn what is a sweet cat: mammal, vertebrate, howl, is 20-30 cms high, hat 9 lives, love eating mice and so on….. in the exam you will find this question: What’s an animal? Possible answers: a)mountain, b) bicycle c) person d) cat

(this is pretty simple and silly example) So you will need to know the details to INFER that cat is the right answer. A Dog is a potential answer, it potentially could fit but it wasn’t listed…so imho so is the exam. You DO need to know your stuff but I would prefer READ the question TWICE instead to think deeply technical. You just WONT find questions like: What has 9 lifes, vertebrate and howls? Learning facts is useful and mandatory but you have to think for this exam. Now I understand the experience requirement.

I would like to especially thank to Study Notes and Theory ,Ahmed Khatib Matheus Vasconcelos de Oliveira Jey Bose and everyone of you.

One should know that the Info contained here is more less Info that you will find in regular CISSP book, but what I personally learned here was: to be way more persistent, empowerment, motivational, inspirational, to want to walk that extra mile; the people in this forum have make me to pursue this dream instead just give up. I love you all guys because you teach me how to fight for the things I want.

God bless you all.

So my preparation:

Time: 12 moths (4 months not included for recobvery for the brain thing).

Shon Harris (Book and Questions)
Cybrary (old and new videos)
McGraw Hill (on line exams)
Official CBK
Sybex Official (Book and online exams)
CBT Nuggets
CCCure (online exams)
plenty of youtube videos (to get the thing) and personal notes.

Bigger than the knowledge, is this forum, which is AMAZING. Thanks to StudyNotes AndTheory,  and every one of you.

Those resources gave me the academic knowledge BUT you have to find your inspiration (for me was my beautiful and supportive Wife, she always believed on me and she brought me literally to the life cause she brought me to the hospital when this thing on my brain happened. She is the most precious “thing” I have)

So guys, this is my experience, my dates, my resources…. Don’t forget it: you have to know your “enemy” to fight smarter. It’s such a pleasure to be part of this selected team and if you have questions I will be glad to help you cause I want to keep learning. I passed the CISSP but the leaning path is way longer.

*please forgive me for my bad English is not my 1st. and not even my 2nd. main language. Sorry about it.




  • Paul Madah

    Great story that inspires many.

  • Shrikanth

    You just nailed it by asking ‘How bad you want it? ‘. That’s enough reason for anyone to beat the odds and travel your path. Thanks a ton for inspirational living! God bless.