Personal reflections

Learning Curve: 2017

Photo Credit: Janko Ferlič 

Boro ( Bor- raw) says I read only motivational books I don’t agree with that.

I struggle with reading novels which she excels at because I’d rather just watch a movie, it’s all story telling except that novels help improve your imagination and blah blah I hope to read at least a ( short, quite short) novel next year, having said that let’s begin.

I start the year usually with no plan on the amount of books I want to read, I usually don’t expect to do less than 2 books a month and if I don’t it must have been because the month was quite hectic or I chose to learn via another medium, I’m that motivated or rather used to it and I figured a long time ago that having a target of how many books to read could be more of a distraction to appreciating the process of learning for me ( I haven’t said it’s bad to have “number of books to read” goals, just do it with caution).

I choose what to learn by gravitating towards topics of my interests, January for example, I wanted to understand the origin of consulting industry (Lords of Strategy) and recent advances in technology (The Fourth Industrial Revolution) and in June I wanted to learn about recruitment (The Alliance), quite unconventional useful advice and thought processes. Sometimes it’s a recommendation from someone I know or a public figure or some website. Other times I just know I want to read a book by an author or even have the title in my head, I know that’s how I read Option B by sheryl Sandberg- weird how I lost a friend while reading the book and it really helped, there’s usually no formula or maybe the mixture of these are the formula. Some, about 4 books were books I had read before but felt I needed to read again, some books can’t just be read once.

About making out time, There are many distractions around so I have to improvise most times, scheduling reading time, reading in transit and trust me if you’re familiar with Lagos traffic, you spend a valuable amount of your time there. Most of the books ( only 3 were hard copy) were read on my phone or laptop, Also I did have considerable free time on my hand for a significant part of year considering the fact that I wasn’t working. Though I got most of the books for free from here , I would love to buy the hard copy version of a good number of them later.

I have this list because I chose to keep track of my reading list in order to push the books I’ve not read to the next month and not forget, also to enable me examine the pattern of my choices. I didn’t think I’d be sharing a post at the end of the year so I don’t have summary on what I learnt from the books and if I were to attempt that now I’d probably write cliché stuff that wouldn’t faithfully represent what I’ve learnt or how awesome they were. Every month has a book of the bible, well I figured it’s a book too.


Colossians — Apostle Paul

The Lords of Strategy: The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World —  Walter Kiechel

The Fourth Industrial Revolution— Klaus Schawb


Philipians — Apostle Paul

The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? — Seth Godin

Future Minds: How the Digital Age Is Changing Our Minds, Why This Matters, and What We Can Do About It  — Richard Watson

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own Terms — Vishen Lakhiani


Ephesians — Apostle Paul

#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness — Gary Vaynerchuck

The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness — Todd Rose

One thing you can’t do in heaven — Mark Cahill

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? — Seth Godin

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success — Adam Grant


Galatians — Apostle Paul

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World — Adam Grant

Has Christianity failed you? — Ravi Zacharias

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products — Nir Eyal

Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy and How to Make Them Work for You — Sangeet Paul Cloudary

Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism — Ha Joon Chang


James — James

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action — Simon Sinek

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead— Sheryl Sandberg


Hebrews — Apostle Paul

The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age — Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh, and Reid Hoffman

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time  — Jeff Sutherland

Why simple wins: Escape the Complexity Trap and Get to Work That Matters — Lisa Bodell

The Fortune Cookie Principle: The 20 Keys to a Great Brand Story and Why Your Business Needs One — Jiwa Bernadette

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future  — Peter Thiel

Grace Happens Here: You Are Standing Where Grace Is Happening — Max Lucado

A smarter way to learn HTML and CSS — Mark Myers

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business — Ben Horowortiz


Philemon, Titus, 1 Timothy — Apostle Paul

5 levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential  — John C. Maxwell

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine — Max Lucado

Christian Philosophy — Andrew Wommack

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation — Tim Brown

Meaningful: The Story of Ideas that Fly — Jiwa Bernadette

Difference:The One-Page Method for Reimagining Your Business and Reinventing Your Marketing — Jiwa Bernadette

How to be a stronger Christian — Dog haw Mills


Colossians- Apostle Paul

Free: The Future of radical price — Chris Anderson

God is Good: He’s Better Than You Think — Bill Johnson


Philippians — Apostle Paul

Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us — Daniel Pink

We Are All Weird: The Myth of Mass and the End of Compliance — Seth Godin

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love — Cal Newport

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy — Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant


Ephesians — Apostle Paul

Good to Great:Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t — Jim collins

The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace — Ron Friedman

The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization — Jacob Morgan


Galatians — Apostle Paul

The Art of thinking clearly — Rolf Dobelli

Whatcha gonna do with that Duck? — Seth Godin


Ephesians — Apostle Paul

The Art of thinking clearly — Rolf Dobelli

Whatcha gonna do with that Duck? — Seth Godin

Am I being fooled? —  Iren Emmanuel

Accounting: Thanks to ACCA exams, I had to learn these


Governance, Risk & Ethics

Business Analysis

Cooperate Reporting

Advanced Financial Management

Advanced Audit and Assurance

Programming: Codecademy primarily and Youtube

Web development ( HTML & CSS, Responsive Design,WordPress installation and configuration)


Machine Learning 

Other non-book sources

Medium, constant source of short reads

Celebration Church

Seth’s Blog

The Story of Telling

Farnam Street

Paul Graham’s Essays

YouTube: TED talks, GaryVee, Coldfusion and other numerous channels that I stumbled on once or twice.

Books I couldn’t read in 2017, I might carry forward to 2018

The Murder of Roger Ackoyde — Agatha Christie ( Sorry Boro ?)

How Not to Be wrong: The Power of Mathematical  — Jordan Ellenburg

To Sell is Human: The surprising truth about moving others — Daniel Pink

Why Leaders Eat last — Simon Sinek

4 work week — Tim ferris

Not a Fan — Kyle Idleman

Born a Crime — Trevor Noah

Thou shall prosper — Rabbi Daniel Lapin

Everybody writes — Anna Handley

Who Made God?: And Answers to Over 100 Other Tough Questions of Faith — Norman Geisler, Ravi Zacharias

Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations — Nancy Duarte

Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences — Nancy Duarte

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined — Steven Pinker

I most definitely missed out capturing what I learnt from conversations & observations but in all I’ve been most humbled by what I’ve learnt during the year.

I’m eager to learn more.

I’d try to document better in 2018.

And yes please make any person, book or site or video recommendations you would want me to follow read or follow.

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