Personal reflections

November 2021: I think my new year starts from December

October & November 2021

Hi there, I missed sharing last month’s update because I was swamped with extra work and I didn’t plan well in advance.

2021 has been quite an eventful year and I’m grateful for that. These days, I’ve been thinking more about the things I’ll do next year. I think my new year starts in December because I’m a bit averse to waiting till January when everyone starts new things.

Highlights of the Month

  • Turned a year older in October 🥳️
  • Crossed 500 days streak learning German on Duolingo and 200 days reading my bible. Grateful for consistency.
  • Painted another one. I should take painting/drawing more seriously.

Helpful stuff I came across

📚 The Seven Mountain Prophecy: Unveiling the Coming Elijah Revolution – Johnny Enlow

This is one of the few books that’s been referred to so much that it felt like I’ve read it—but in this case I never got to read it. A good read and a reminder that there’s no work that’s secular as a Christian.

📚 Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life – Luke Burgis

“Each of us spends every moment of our life, from the moment we’re born to the moment we die, wanting something. We even want in our sleep. Yet few people ever take the time to understand how they come to want things in the first place.”

This book made me to start asking two questions: where are my desires from and how am I influencing other people’s desires.

📚 Cashless: China’s Digital Currency Revolution – Richard Turin
I started reading this because I was writing an article on Nigeria’s new digital currency. I’m only halfway through but I already feel like an expert on Digital currencies and the transition of China’s financial system.

📚 Soldiers of Fortune: A History of Nigeria (1983-1993) – Max Siollun

I innocently picked up a copy of this book during a visit to a friend and I was hooked. Every now and then I turn to a history nerd. As Cassava republic described it, this book is a fast-paced, thrilling yet objective analysis of the major events of the Buhari and Babangida eras. It reveals the true story behind past controversies such as the annulment of the June 12 election, the execution of Mamman Vatsa, the foiled kidnapping of Umaru Dikko, the Orkar coups and the assassination of Dele Giwa.

🗞 Adele, Reborn: The British Icon Gets Candid About Divorce, Body Image, Romance & Her “Self-Redemption” Record

“It was because of my anxiety…It was never about losing weight, it was always about becoming strong and giving myself as much time every day without my phone. I got quite addicted to it. I work out two or three times a day.”

Found out that Adele lost so much weight because she was working out to distract herself from her anxiety.

🗞 Beware of chasing prestige: What opportunities can’t I see because they’re not prestigious enough?.

+ On Glamour: Things are constantly gaining or losing glamour

🎥 Adam Neumann’s First Public Interview Since Leaving WeWork

Ever heard of the WeWork scandal? Adam Neumann was at the helm of it. He’s a smooth talker who knows how to explain himself out of any situation. In this interview, I like that he admitted his wrongs and more importantly I hope he’s truly better for it.

🎥 The Founder: The story of McDonald’s

+ 🎥 Overcomer: A Christian movie I enjoyed watching

🧵Twitter Threads: What caused all the supply chain bottlenecks? Modern finance with its obsession with “Return on Equity.”

+ How to Win (without talent or luck)

Favorite Quote 💭

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
– Ecclesiastes 3:11

Thank you for reading!

See you on the last Saturday or Sunday in December 2021 – so help me God!

Did you come across anything helpful or something that got to you? Please share with me. Also If you have any feedback please reply via email

Have a noteworthy December!

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