With lots of alcohol between exams.Many congratulations @shmoo916
How do you pick yourself up every time you see that red box. After giving my best shot and yet seeing the red box, I feel like this can never happen.
In all seriousness, I don't think I would have been able to without support. My wife encouraged me, my parents encouraged me, and my bosses encouraged me. I've been fortunate to have that. If you don't have that, then let me be that person. If you managed to get at least a 4-year degree in SE and continue to practice and enjoy the field enough to get the SE, then you are absolutely capable.
If you didn't pass, then something needs to change. Take AEI, start sooner, practice way way more than you think, etc. Switch it up. That's my advice after taking a couple of celebratory shots with coworkers here at the office haha.