“Winning is not some time thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while…you do them right all the time,” Vince Lombardi
In May of 2008, I committed to becoming a LEED Accredited Professional. A LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) AP is a building industry professional with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process. Okay, sounds a bit interesting and obtainable so I ordered the LEED CI Reference Book and flash cards. As the book was in transit, I started talking to others about the accreditation and learned much more about the challenge I just decided to conquer.
When I received the book, I was completely overwhelmed by the complexity of the content but began the grueling six-month process. I read the book cover to cover twice and was lucky to have a friend get me into her internal company LEED NC/CI study classes. Although based on my travel schedule I missed about half of the classes; I found that time invaluable. About a month before my scheduled exam date I started memorizing every credit, referenced standard, etc. One week before I did nothing but memorize, read more and cram. I bought sample exams online and at the very least will receive a giant E for effort and C for commitment. Along with this journey I had many business and personal obstacles that continued to test my loyalty and commitment to this endeavor, but nothing was going to stop me. I took on the challenge and was determined to be a winner.
“Winning is not everything – but making an effort to win is,” Vince Lombardi
The exam, by far was the hardest test I had ever taken. As I sat in the Prometric center for two hours contemplating and second guessing every answer I felt sick to my stomach. Mostly because in my imagination, the big E for the effort was floating above my screen and I wondered how I would even begin to study more if I failed. Once I clicked end, I bowed my head and almost threw up…mostly over anxiety but also out of fear. My poor husband had kid duty all week, and I was feeling the pressures of getting life back to normal…before LEED.
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will,” Vince Lombardi
The word pass came up on the screen, and I was completely ecstatic, to the point I ran out to the proctor and asked her if I made a mistake. I knew the content that was for sure but did I always pick the best three was where I was constantly uncomfortable. I was completely thrilled to pass this test the first time and even happier to file my book on the shelf and ship my study guide across the country to my brother in law Brian. HaHa, have fun Brian your turn.
After I had passed the test, a friend that passed the same day sent me this video “What It Takes to Be Number One, Vince Lombardi, Jr.” http://www.lombardimovie.com/
Kim Ford, LEED AP (wahoo!)