Personal reflections

September 2021: I’m fully vaxxed

September 2021

I started the year with the mission to suck at one thing: social media. Well, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve successfully done that. I’ve gone from a compulsive user of Twitter to someone who checks Twitter only once in a while (thanks to the Twitter ban in Nigeria).

I’m happy about this and as always I consider myself a recovering social media addict because at any time I can fall back.

I’m reconsidering being more active, only to share more. Let’s see how that goes.

Highlights of the Month

  • I went on a weekend retreat last week with a few friends and mostly new faces. A change in environment is pretty refreshing.
  • Taking an indefinite break from Cloout to take a step back and reassess what we’re doing. Grateful for all I’ve learnt and looking forward to what’s next.
  • Took my two doses of the COVID Vaccine. I’m fully vaxxed 😎

Helpful stuff I came across

📚 Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALs Lead and Win – Jocko Willink

I decided to read this book after watching this interview. I’ve known Jocko for a long time and the main thesis behind extreme ownership is that you really just have to take responsibility for your actions. It’s a simple concept but often difficult to implement.

“Relax. Look around. Make a call.”

🎥 Squid Game

Yes, I hopped on the bandwagon, watched and enjoyed it. Squid game is most likely the first Korean movie I’ve seen. I know there are many takes about the show but the only thing that stuck in my head was that irrespective of where you are in the world if you make remarkable stuff (which I think the show is) people will use/consume it.

🗞 A Scorsese in Lagos: The Making of Nigeria’s Film Industry

“According to legend, the first Nollywood movie was made by a small-time electronics trader named Kenneth Nnebue, who, stuck with a large shipment of blank videotapes, decided to unload them by making a movie about a man who sells his soul for wealth.”

What to do about the envy we’re all quietly dying inside from inside

“We don’t envy everyone, we do so only when we think their advantages are within our reach. So when almost everything feels like it could be ours (but a lot never can be), the opportunities for envy grow dangerously large.”

🗞 From hawking dry fish to coding at Bloomberg: the story of a Nigerian first class graduate

Rejection is not final. How Kemi went from selling fufu and dried fish on a university campus to almost working with Google, Amazon, Twitter and Palantir, and finally landing a software engineering role at the world’s biggest financial data and news company, Bloomberg.

Favorite Quote 💭

“You only need to know the direction, not the destination.

The direction is enough to make the next choice.”

– James Clear

Thank you for reading!

See you on the last Saturday or Sunday in October 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 great October!

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