2020: The Year I Hit Refresh.

Honestly, I was feeling too lazy to write a year in review but then again it occurred to me that I haven’t really written anything this year aside from my weekly journals which I didn’t publish because it’s personal.

Losing my dad to cancer on November 20th of 2019 really hit me hard. I wished I was there by his bedside when it happened, I wished I had spent more time with him in his final days or maybe if I became a doctor like he wanted me to, I would have saved him. All sorts of thoughts ran through my mind.

I bottled all the pain into this year, pretending to be fine but even hard guy dey hide cry sometime. 2 months later, and I was still struggling to be productive at work. I really needed to clear my head and luckily it was time for the annual SMW Lagos so I felt it would be great to kill two birds with one stone.

Attending an event as SMW, filled with a lot of creatives, for a week, brought my mojo back. Connected with old friends and new acquaintances.

I resumed work with the right energy and a few weeks later, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, and lockdown happened. We had to start working from home. Before then, I was already writing less code at work as a Sofware Engineer and doing more Business Analyst related things. Working from home gave me enough time to reflect and reevaluate what I wanted. Though writing code was great, I wanted more; I want to be in the room where business decisions are being made so I enrolled in Nexford University(NXU) to get a business degree.

Although this new direction made me drop a lot of things I was working, it actually the best decision I made this year.

Aside from getting into NXU, another highlight for me was taking out time to finish some of my pending courses on Coursera, Linkedin, etc.

I also joined a book club called Book Hangout and read 24 books:

  • Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull
  • Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  • The 5 love languages by Gary Chapman
  • The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
  • Power Moves by Adam Grants
  • Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
  • How to be everything by Emile Wapnick
  • Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  • Getting to Yes by William Ury
  • Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • Deep Work by Cal Newport
  • The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey
  • Made to Stick by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
  • Get some headspace by Andy Puddiecombe
  • Man’s search for Meaning by Viktor E. FrankL
  • Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres
  • The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  • Zero to One by Peter Thiel
  • Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop
  • Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella
  • The Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma
  • Clueless To Designer by Mitchelle Chibundu
  • Quiet by Susan Cain

Other highlights worth mentioning:

  • I joined the Market Intelligence Network run by Venture Garden Group.
  • I led the AI6 Lagos media team and we launched its newsletter called The Encoder. So far 7 issues have gone out.
  • I got an invite to watch my new favorite band The Cavemen perform live.
  • The joy of seeing people in my circle winning.
  • The #EndSARS protest that claimed a lot of lives, but we would never the people that died on 20-10-2020.
  • The annual Dyna Cup by Project Candlelight which was a success and I like the direction it’s heading for the next year.
  • Corona ruined Detty December but we had to improvise…

This year has been batshit crazy but I am grateful to God for making it this far.

Plans for 2021

  • Drink more water and mind my business.
  • Learn to live in the moment.
  • Follow the kaizen philosophy.
  • Explore product design.

Special thanks to my Uncle, Umar Damcida, for giving me a safe haven to grow as an individual.

The End…

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