Book Review Personal reflections

Learning Curve 2018 

I tried something different last year, It took me about 15 hours but it was one of the best decisions I made last year, I kept track of the Books, Online courses, Articles, Podcasts, Videos and other things I learnt from in 2018. Because I believe people learn from different sources so keeping track of only books I read didn’t just cut it for me. I decided to keep track of this monthly because it’s easy to record it that way and I can see trends around what I was learning at a point in time. For a few years now I haven’t had a target of books to read for the year — I don’t think I need that as a motivation again, I think if I can do two per month I’m fine, if I don’t get to read two books in month there must a reason — maybe life was too demanding and I must have learnt via other platforms so it’s fine. What fuels my learning? Interest…multiple interests.

How did I come up with this?

After my My list for 2017 I decided to be more intentional about keeping track of what I’m learning, so since the start of 2018 at the end of every month, I took out time to take note of the resources that I found helpful. For books it’s easy to remember since they are few, for the others I usually just rely on my tweets, pocket and YouTube history, here’s the catch, if it gets to me I’d tweet it. Surely I’ve left out a couple of article or videos due to negligence or something, Argh! Such is life!

How long did this take? Every month it took me roughly 30–45 mins to collate this, 30–45 mins per month x 12 months = 6–9 hours, say 10 hours for the year. Errm, wait, Please add 5 hours more for the comments at the end of the 12 months and for making this somewhat like an article. Yes,15 hours.

Why did it take so much time every month? Adding links & scrolling through my tweets.

 It’d be great to come up with a more efficient way to document this for 2019. Any suggestions?

One more thing…

Why are am I sharing this? I feed off people’s recommendations and thought it’d be nice to share mine too, I hope you find something interesting or helpful, we most likely would have different interests and that’s okay. Also please recommend anything you came across that you found helpful or intersting, I don’t know what I’d be interested in next.


Online Course

Coursera — Machine Learning — Stanford


REBIRTH: from grass to grace — Juliana Olayode

Zag: The Number One Strategy of High-Performance Brands — Marty Neumeier

User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product— Jeff Pattson

Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline From Obama to Trump and Beyond — Gideon Rachman

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life— Mark Manson

The Brand Gap: How to Bridge the Distance Between Business Strategy and Design — Marty Neumeier


How to build a startup — without quitting your day job — Medium

Your product isn’t done when you think it’s done — Medium

Required Reading for Early Business Hires — Medium 

Building a Deep Neural Network to play FIFA 18 — Medium

Elements of Value — Harvard Business Review — Harvard Business Review(HBR)

How Netflix Reinvented HR — HBR

The Lion in the North sea: The battle for Chevron Netherland — Paddy Adenuga


AI Codes its Own ‘AI Child’ — Artificial Intelligence breakthrough! — ColdFusion

The Story of Content: Rise of the New MarketingContent Marketing Institute

New Kings: The Power of Online Influencers (Influencer Marketing)

How To Price Design Services & Make More Money — The Futur

How to Start & Run a Design Business: Pricing & Estimating Creative Design Jobs — The Futur

How to respond to the 3 most common Client Objections in Sales — The Futur

No Work? Reinvent Yourself — Change is the only constant — The Futur

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos: Lessons in Management at I.A. Gala 2017

Jeff Bezos interview on Starting Amazon (2001)

Why good leaders make you feel safe | Simon Sinek — TED Talk


5 Tips To Help Teachers and Professors — Gary Vaynerchuk

Cultivating a healthy sexual culture — Kris Vallotton


First month of the year clearly pumped to learn alot, I surprisingly started with Juliana Oloyode’s Rebirth, which was a generous account of her personal experiences, Zag led me to write an article on branding, user story mapping was an interesting introduction to the concept of user story mapping, I look forward to applying it in different projects, On The subtle Art of not giving a Fuck, I should have read it a year ago but the title wasn’t too appealling however after hearing alot of good recommendations I decided to give it a try, It is a beautiful book that explains human behavior and helps increase self awareness. Easternization opened me up to the what’s happening international scene, if you’re considering reading it, you might to read my book review to decide if it’s a Yaay or Nay.

I stalked Jeff Bezos on YouTube and I’m glad found Chris Do & the futur channel.



Remote: Office Not Required— Jason Fried and DHH

The Islam Debate— Josh Mcdowell & John Gilchrist

Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions — Dan Ariely

The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast!— Josh Kaufman

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions — Chimamanda Adichie

Show Your Work!— Nick Kleon

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity — Nabeel Qureshi

The Win Without Pitching Manifesto— Blair Enns


The 8 best questions to put on your next one-on-one meeting agenda — Medium

How to learn Deep Learning in 6 months — Medium

Why Amazon, Facebook and Google can all be beaten — Medium

Reconsider — Medium

The 3 Stages of Failure in Life and Work (And How to Fix Them)

Paddy Adenuga’s entrepreneur story and the depressing predictability of Nigeria’s elite — Quartz

She’s a lesbian. I’m a Christian. What she helped me realize about God and the church. — Medium

Konga’s Sale — A Classic Case of “Death is Better than Mockery” — NairaMetrics

Why I Believe In The ‘Day One’ Email — Medium

Why Financial Statements Don’t Work for Digital Companies — HBR

The Follower Factory — New York Times


Why Some Designers Are More Valuable Than Others — The Futur

Why cartoon characters wear gloves — Vox

How did pink become a girly color? — Vox

The Importance of Being Perceived as Being Helpful — The Futur

How to Overcome Price Objections — AMA Marathon — The Futur

How BIG is Honda? (Largest Motorbike Producer) — Cold Fusion

The Expert: Progress Meeting (Short Comedy Sketch)

Why Does February Only Have 28 Days? — Vox

Are Different Styles of Music Acceptable in Church?

Why babies in medieval paintings look like ugly old men — Vox

Ravi Zacharias — If God exists, why doesn’t He stop rapists from raping?

It’s not you. Phones are designed to be addicting— Vox

Sticker shock: Why are glasses so expensive? — CBS News

You don’t have to be an expert to solve big problems — TED Talk

Comment: Dear Ijeawele gave me my first set of parenting lessons, I delved into a bit of apologetics with The Islam Debate, The win without pitching manifesto and Show your work are two books that impacted me significantly, the kinda books you want everyone around you to get to read — both recommendations from the futur. Vox ever supplying me with useful trivia.

Errrm, Reconsider got me reconsidering what success meant for a business in this era.



Automate the Boring Stuff with Python: Practical Programming for Total Beginners — Al Sweigart

Dating Intelligently — Laju Iren

The Supernatural Ways of Royalty — Kris Vallotton

Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built— Duncan Clark

The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking (Fully Revised Edition)— Mikael Krogeus and Roman Tschäppeler

The End of Accounting and the Path Forward for Investors and Managers — Baruch Kev, Feng Gu

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative — Austin Kleone

The Design of Everyday Things — Don Norman

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content— Ann Handley


Want to Kill Your Economy? Have MBA Programs Churn out Takers Not Makers.

Building a High Performance Team — Medium

African Startups. Of Unicorns, Gazelles and Corporate Breakfasts — Medium

Why Women Still Can’t Have It All — The Atlantic

Is group chat making you sweat? — Medium

Stop asking children these seven questions (and ask these instead)


The Cheerios Effect — It’s Okay to be Smart

Denise Brosseau: How to Become a Thought Leader — Stanford GBS

MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga on Taking Risks in Your Life and Career — Stanford GBS

Learn Machine Learning in 3 Months — Siraj Raval

The Century of the Self (Full Documentary)


Giving advice — The Futur

Comment: The end of accounting was the first non ‘educational’ accounting related book I have read, reading Why Financial Statements Don’t Work for Digital Companies last month spurred my interest, The century of self was quite revealing and longggggg! 

Stop asking children these seven questions (and ask these instead), I’m already getting ready to be a daddy! Love this article!

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content, I know my writing can be better so I decided to learn how.



The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations — Jacob Soll

Nigeria: A New History of a Turbulent Century — Richard Bourne

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others — Daniel Pink

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity — Kim Scott

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

Expert Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Creating a Mass Movement of People Who Will Pay for Your Advice — Russell Brunson

Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences— Nancy Duarte


Why People Leave the Church and Never Come Back — Medium

How to Start a Blog

Don’t Build a Startup, Build a Movement

How to build a startup empire without selling your freedom

Ten Rules for Negotiating a Job Offer — Medium

Failure and Old Testament Tactics — Medium

Five questions to build strategy — HBR

Billionaires do not have the answer— Medium

The Monopoly of Evil — Medium

Research: The Emotions that Make Marketing Campaigns Go Viral — HBR


Jay-Z and Dean Baquet, in Conversation — New York Times

A Brief History of Nigeria (by Jide Olanrewaju)

How to Respond To Price Buyers or Low Budget Clients — Roleplay — HBR

Not Everyone Should Code

Holy Land: Startup Nations — WIRED

We Tried Making It In “Nollywood,” Nigeria’s Booming Film Business — Vice

Comment: I got interested in the history of Nigeria so I read a book on Nigeria and watched a documentary, Watching Jay-Z’s interview was quite introspective. The Reckoning was a follow up read to the end of accounting.

We Tried Making It In “Nollywood,” Nigeria’s Booming Film Business, you’d smile if you’ve seen Nigerian movies before, you’d understand this.



Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too — Gary Vaynerchuck

When I Don’t Desire God — John Piper

You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth — Jen Sincero


The power of storytelling: What nonprofits can teach the private sector about social media — McKinsey Quarterly

Strategic principles for competing in the digital age — McKinsey Quarterly

If I were 22 Again — Desiring God

What Only the CEO Can Do — HBR

Why Do Open Innovation Efforts Fail? Scientists Want to Solve Problems Themselves. — HBR

What I Learned From Reading Every Google Founders’ Letter — Medium

What I Learned From Reading Every Amazon Shareholders Letter — Medium

Don’t Build for Africa — Medium

How (and why) I Invest In Startups — Ashton Kutcher

New data shows losing 80% of mobile users is normal, and why the best apps do better — Andrew chen

Apple, Influence, and Ive — Hodinkee Magazine

How Netflix’s Customer Obsession Created a Customer Obsession — Medium

Branding for Builders — Medium

Thoughts on Building Digital Financial Services in Nigeria

Divine Discontent: Disruption’s Antidote — Stratechery

Tech’s Two Philosophies — Stratechery 

8 Questions to Ask Someone Other Than “What Do You Do?” — HBR

3 Ways to Improve Your Decision Making — HBR

People Who Have “Too Many Interests” Are More Likely To Be Successful According To Research

The 20-year-old entrepreneur is a lie

The Little Psychological Tricks That Will Make Your Marriage Happier

What Airbnb and Strava Know About Building Emotional Connections with Customers — HBR

How to Read the Bible — and Preach It — Desiring God


Why Some Countries Are Poor and Others Rich

Rise of the Super App: Mobile-First Product Ideas from China — A16z

The Future of Money: Banking on Fintech — A16Z

Airbnb’s Brian Chesky: I’ve Been Obsessed With ‘A Better Way To…

Why you should make useless things | Simone Giertz — TED Talk

When being first matters (and when it doesn’t) — Tech Altar

It Is Well (Song Story) — Kristene DiMarco | You Make Me Brave

“You Make Me Brave” — Song Story

Why African Leaders Are Refusing To Give Up Power


Network Effects, Origin stories, and the evolution of Tech — a16z

Comment: Apple, Influence, and Ive was calm — the words of Sir Jonathan Paul Ive were just like an apple ad, When I Don’t Desire God is a book that has to be read over and over, thanks Nnedimkpa Nnadi for the recommendation. I don’t think I enjoyed you’re badass at making money. Why African Leaders Are Refusing To Give Up Power was quite an explainer video. The song story videos offered some perspective.


Online Course

Acumen+: Storytelling for Change 


Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy — Tim Harford

One Plus One Equals Three: A Masterclass in Creative Thinking — Dave Trott


Dear African Founder — Victor Asemota

How to Get Rich (without getting lucky) — Naval


Andrés Iniesta’s Farewell, and How to Make Endings Count at Work — HBR

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Comes to Terms with Global Fame — New Yorker

20 takeaways from Meeker’s 294-slide Internet Trends report

10 years of professional blogging — what I’ve learned — Andrew Chen

Don’t Sell a Product, Sell a Whole New Way of Thinking — HBR

The Bad Product Fallacy: Don’t confuse “I don’t like it” with “That’s a bad product and it’ll fail”

The Problem with Saying “Don’t Bring Me Problems, Bring Me Solutions” — HBR

Network Effects Matter Less Than They Used To. That’s a Really Big Deal — HBR

How to Develop Empathy for Someone Who Annoys You — HBR

The Spread of Innovation — The Startup — Medium

Why Emerging Economies Can Do More Than Just Copy

Useful Hacks — Collaborative Fund

Five Ways To Transform Into An Authentic Brand That People Will Love — Fine

There’s no shame in a $100M startup — Tech Crunch

How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You) — Wait But Why — Tim Urban

How to Inspire Students Who Dislike School — Edutopia

Plans Fail — Bolatito Laniyan

I’ve Got Some Things to Say | By Romelu Lukaku — Players Tribute

Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person — NewYork Times

“Banks Vs FinTechs — who should be afraid? — Medium

Should Nigerians Pay Their Wives? — Sears Business

Chatbots were the next big thing: what happened? — Medium

What’s next in growth — Andrew Chan

From Launch to Seed Funding, The 2-year Journey: A Summary — PiggyBank


Why the Next Big Thing in Tech Will Look Like a Toy

5 Ways To Turn Any Business Into An Admired Brand w/ Fabian…

Bill Barnett: Where Great Companies — and Leaders — Come From

The surprising habits of original thinkers | Adam Grant -TED Talk


Getting People to Help You — HBR

Principles and Algorithms for Work and Life — A16z

Comment: Watching The surprising habits of original thinkers again was refreshing. Chatbots were the next big thing: what happened? was an eye opener cause I always wondered what happened to chatbots and why Nigerian banks are still churning them out, Andrés Iniesta’s Farewell, and How to Make Endings Count at Work was touching since I’m a Barca or Messi fan.

Yes, that’s it for Half 1


Online Course

Acumen+: Storytelling for Change

Coursera: Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects — McMaster University, University of California (didn’t finish)

Udemy: Python for Data science ( didn’t finish)


Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy
Jonathan Haskel & Stian Westlake

Every Young Man’s Battle: Strategies for Victory in the Real World of Sexual Temptation — Stephen Arterburn, Fred Stoeker, Mike Yorke

The Fishermen — Chigozie Obioma

Intercom on Product Management — Intercom

INSPIRED: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love — Marty Cagan

Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams — Richard Banfield, Martin Eriksson and Nate Walkingshaw


When did a coworker’s computer illiteracy make you shake your head? — Quora

What Not to Do When You’re Trying to Motivate Your Team — HBR

Toxic VC and the marginal-dollar problem — TechCrunch

Telling a good innovation story —Mckinsey

Why Toys? — YCombinator

How Do You Get Early Traction For Your Startup? — Medium

How I Did It: Blockbuster’s Former CEO on Sparring with an Activist Shareholder — HBR

The open-plan office is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea — Medium

How Not to Design a Product Like Everyone Else’s — Medium

Tunji Andrews: Looking to Return to Nigeria as an Entrepreneur? Here’s the Undiluted Truth — Bellanaija

10 Small Design Mistakes We Still Make — Medium

Why I Love B2B over B2C for Startups and Entrepreneurs — Atrium

10 Marketplace KPIs That Matter — Andrei Brasoveanu — Medium

Marketplace liquidity — TechCrunch

Artwork Personalization at Netflix — Netflix TechBlog — Medium

The thought father: Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman

Betting on Things That Never Change — Collaborative Fund

I missed the boat investing in Bitcoin. But is it possible that in the future there may be another?— Quora

What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager — HBR


On Kylie Jenner’s Cosmetics Business

Marc Andreessen: Books I’ve recently read and recommend

Recommended books on Nigerian history

Framework for Trust


The Peril & Perks of Updating Iconic Brands — The Futur

Running an Effective Staff Meeting | Claire Hughes Johnson

My Journey from Passion Photographer to Presidential Photographer — TED Talk

Designing A Fantastic UX With Psychology

What I learned from 100 days of rejection | Jia Jiang — TED Talk


Steals Idea — Nir & Far — Episode #13 — Stitcher


I took on too many online courses, too ambitious.

 Telling a good innovation story , What I learned from 100 days of rejection, Framework for Trust are quite enlightening.

When did a coworker’s computer illiteracy make you shake your head? is funny. 

I missed the boat investing in Bitcoin. But is it possible that in the future there may be another? is encouraging.

The Fishermen was my first and only novel this year. A sad novel!

Running an Effective Staff Meeting, I expected something more cliche but this was sublime.



How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up — Emilie Wapnick


The Culture of Work in Nigeria — Medium

From product to customer experience: The new way to launch in pharma — Mckinsey

How to get promoted in a Startup — Twitter Thread

The Six Stages of Social Deception — Twitter Thread

There is this belief that you must build an app for every African tech product or service. — Twitter Thread

Are there cars in Nigeria? — Quora

187 Things the Blockchain Is Supposed to Fix — Wired

Chronicles of A Nigerian MultiPotentialite — Oluchukwu Ejiofor (Aluchie) — Medium

A Classroom Where Everyone Feels Welcome | Edutopia

Why design is the killer app for crypto — Medium

Design Better Forms — UX Collective — Medium

The Power User Curve: The best way to understand your most engaged users—

What factors influence DAU/MAU? Nature versus nurture —

Take a step back. Grow up for a second — Medium

Andy Mineo on the Struggle to Reach His Creative Peak: “I Was Positive My Career Was Over” —


Why some of us don’t have one true calling | Emilie Wapnick — TED

I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much | Stella Young — TED

How Stripe Became a $10B Challenger to PayPal — Valuetainment

Investing in the Future of Healthcare with Vinod Khosla

Start-Up to Invent the Future You Want | Vinod Khosla 


How to kill your bad ideas w/ Zynga’s Mark Pincus

Designing to Reward Our Tribal Sides-Nir&Far-Episode#67


Are there cars in Nigeria? this was funny, The Power User Curve was insightful, Andy Mineo on the Struggle to Reach His Creative Peak: “I Was Positive My Career Was Over” was touching. How Stripe Became a $10B Challenger to PayPal was quite revealing. On Design Better Forms, who would have thought that there was alot to consider in designing forms.


Online Course

 Startup School


The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts — Garry Chapman

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work — Timothy Keller


Tell the story of a failed product you designed for, and what you learned from it — Medium

Instagram’s CEO — Stratechery

What are common scams in Nigeria? — Quora

Autopsy — Largest startup failure database globally

A Blueprint for Digital Companies’ Financial Reporting — HBR

The case of citizen Kemi Adeosun

The 3 employee benefits that have the biggest impact on team morale at work

Making Sense Of Nike’s Controversial Ad Campaign Decision | The Story of Telling

How to develop an eye for Design

Why reading 100 books a year won’t make you successful

Unlock honest feedback from your employees with this one word

Consider using this one word in your next one on one meeting… — Medium

Hate delivering negative feedback at work? 19 phrases to help make giving difficult feedback easier — Medium

How to handle a needy employee — Medium

7 tips to help build a culture of feedback — Medium

What to remember when you’re the boss — Medium



How To Make Your Idea HAPPEN — The Futur

Gustaf Alstromer — How to Get Users and Grow — YCombinator

What are the most important moral problems of our time? — TED

Morality in a godless World

Segmenting Markets for Go-to-Market

Focus on a Niche or Broaden my Skills?

Triple-Entry Accounting


How to build Trust FAST — The story of Spotify

Instagram’s Kevin Systrom — Keep it simple while scaling big

Comment: Gustaf Alstromer — How to Get Users and Grow was my best lecture from startup school, Unlock honest feedback from your employees with this one word — Good read. Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work, reading this was blissful.

Instagram’s CEO, A different and valid commentary on the departure of Instagram’s founders


Online Course

 Startup School


Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five DaysIt Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work

Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen — Donald Miller

Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster — Alistair Croll and Benjamin Yoskovitz

Subscribed: Why the Subscription Model Will Be Your Company’s Future — and What to Do About It — Tien Tzuo and Gabe Weisert

Measure What Matters: OKRs: The Simple Idea That Drives 10x Growth — John Doerr and Jini Kim


Use this exercise to solve any Product Design Challenge by Jonathan Courtney

The Rise (and Further Rise) of Pokemon Go: product lessons learned from the hit game — Medium

Capitalism Needs Design Thinking — HBR

Making work meaningful: A leader’s guide — Mckinsey

How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the ‘Father of Android’ — NY Times

The business value of design — Mckinsey

Meet the Nigerian Product Designers Behind a New Brand of Minimalism — Vogue

The leadership tip we overlook: Knock out the small stuff

Leading from Joy vs. Leading from Fear — Andy Dunn — Medium

The Top 20 Reasons Startups Fail — CBS Insights

Interpol Chief Was China’s Pride. His Fall Exposes the Country’s Dark Side. _ NY Times

The New Atlanta Billionaires Behind An Unlikely Tech Unicorn — Forbes

How listening to our 4.1 million users inspired a new product idea — Medium


Why Scooter Startups Are Worth Billions

The Infinite Game

Mindset: Long Term Goals vs Short Term Reward

How Hackers Could Wirelessly Bug Your Office

How Far Is Too Far Before Marriage? // Ask Pastor John

Why Only the Happily Single Find True Love

How to Help Those We Love

Why We Go Cold On Our Partners

How to Position Yourself as an Expert If you have no Experience

What True Love Really Is

How Can We Grow Emotionally?

How to Stop Being a People Pleaser

How to Overcome Shyness

How Not to be Boring

Prof G Micro Class: Brand Strategy

Prof Galloway’s Career Advice

How to Work on Personal Projects After Working A Full-Time Job


Arianna Huffington — What great founders do at night

Coco Chanel — “The Art of Branding”

Episode 35: Cryptographic assets

Episode 23: Initial Coin Offering (ICOs) 101

Episode 17: Cryptocurrencies

John Kerry on Leadership, Compromise, and Change

Comment: Subscribed, I started seeing the world in different light. A lot of stuff of relationships in one month…I was on a roll, learning abit about cryptocurrency


Online Course

 Startup School


Mere Christianity

Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an…


Dear Jeff

How to be Strategic — Julie Zhuo — Medium

Design for People, Use People Language

Why do people pay for Netflix when they can stream online for free and in better quality?

Seven Prayers for Christian Dating


How to Be a Good Friend

Why You Should or Should Not Work at a Startup by Justin Kan

A Skeptic’s View of Crypto (from the Point of View of Monetary…

3 Common Myths People Have About Crypto

Debating Crypto: Katie Haun vs. Paul Krugman

Open offices are overrated — VOX

Seth Godin — Make Something Everyday (Best Hour You’ll Spend Today)

How Not to Be Defensive in Relationships

Comments: Mere Christianity was amazing and the talks on crypto were quite insightful.


Online Course

Udemy, Financial Analysis (Ongoing)


The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism — Tim Keller

The Courage to Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness


To Retain New Hires, Spend More Time Onboarding Them — HBR

We Studied 100 Mentor-Mentee Matches — Here’s What Makes Mentorship Work — First Round

Smart banknotes will be the cash of the future — Quartz

The Problem with Facebook and Virtual Reality — Stratechery

Future-proofing higher education starts with reinventing the college degree — Quartz

AI is Not a Community Management Strategy — Derek Powazek

The surprising fragility of a powerful perk: company culture — Quartz

How to Make Time For That Passion Project if You Are Too Busy Working For Someone Else — Medium

Inside the failure of a startup — Medium

Consumer startups are awesome, and here’s what I’m looking for at a16z (70 slide deck)

The weekly CEO e-mail — Medium

Product Hunt 101: How To Launch Your Product From Early Idea To Revenue

If Your Employees Aren’t Speaking Up, Blame Company Culture

The Best Books of 2018— Bloomberg

Dr. Elon & Mr. Musk: Life Inside Tesla’s Production Hell — Wired

Can you grow a startup on the side?

Why so many brands on Instagram look the same — Fast Company


God’s Sovereign Plans Behind Your Most Unproductive Days

Disrupting the Disruptors — L2

How to Walk In Fearless Confidence — Myles Munroe

How Shazam works

The truth about being a pro (soccer player)


The Reason for God, alot of answers to questions I had and didn’t know I would have. Great book. The Courage to Be Disliked, I stopped half way, it was a drag and I dislike the conversational style of the book, it might be a great but I didn’t like it. Dr. Elon & Mr. Musk, there’s alot to learn from Elon Musk and also alot to not learn. How to Walk In Fearless Confidence was helpful when I was feeling down. The Best Books of 2018 offers a couple of ideas for 2019

Whoa! that was alot!

About 2019

For me: 2019 should be calmer, maybe less, I should take a couple of online courses, hope to read more fiction and African/Nigerian Literature.

For you: I hope you take note of what you’re learning and share, I’d love to see it, I’m sure someone would pick up a useful recommendation.

After all this learning, what’s next?

To be honest I don’t know, sometimes I learn something and I know it was enlightening but I have no immediate use of it. Some other time something I’ve learnt is useful in a situation or a conversation, and sometimes I find that it’s useful to someone else so I pass it on.

Follow your curiosity or follow a curious person till you find yours.

Featured Photo by Raj Eiamworakul on Unsplash

9 replies on “Learning Curve 2018 ”

This is a whole lot!!!
I should adopt this method, it’s the sitting down to keep track of of everything that will be my issue.
Nice one Daniel!!!

This is a lovely article, Daniel. I’d like to write on of mine this year. I’d appreciate any tips and e-books.

Hello Reme, Thank you so much for stopping by, I can’t wait to read yours. Sure I have a follow-up post coming on tips, I’d shoot you a mail anyway.

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