Ill-health

Ill-health helps you focus on the basics.

Whether it is physical, financial, mental or spiritual.

The things you are advised to stay away from as you recover, should remain eliminated when you return to good health.

The things you are advised to indulge in, should remain indulgences when you return to good health.

The drugs you are given to hasten the recovery process, should be replaced with gratitude at the same frequency.

– Osasu Oviawe

Listen to what is not being said…really?

The concept of “listen to what is not being said” is one that should be used with caution.

A lot of psychopaths have been birthed by applying this concept without check.

Foundational to this concept is an assumption that your personal bias is right. A dangerous assumption.

What you think is not being said is usually more a reflection of you, than any clairvoyant insight into the unknown.

Better to clarify your assumptions than to take your thoughts as truth.

Clarify often enough and you will be amazed at how often you are fooled by your thoughts.

– Osasu Oviawe

Nature leads

There is no better insight into the interplay between nature and nurture, than a person trying to get fit.

Nature is your diet. Nurture is your workout routine.

A poor diet turns workout to a painful adversary on the journey to form.

A good diet turns workout to a worthy enabler on the journey to form.

Nature leads. Everything else either enables or struggles.

– Osasu Oviawe

Gym

No place makes you more body conscious than a gym.

Everyone is either checking a mirror or looking at their body during and after every workout.

Unluckily, the body does not change after one workout to satisfy its owner. The body only rewards consistency.

It is not hard to tell those who are comfortable in their skin from those who aren’t.

While the former make incremental externally unforced progress, the latter makes exponential externally forced progress.

Guess who leaves the gym injured? Guess who is inconsistent?

The gym is a perfect playground to understand life. It is not a one day spectacle, but an every day wonder.

– Osasu Oviawe

Believe them

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. People know themselves much better than you do. That’s why it’s important to stop expecting them to be something other than who they are.” – Maya Angelou

My first encounter with the above quote was in 2005. Sixteen years later, I have not found a more relevant guide to leading people.

– Osasu Oviawe

Emails

I receive too many emails in a day.

I did a one year data analytics experiment, and what I found was shocking.

I peruse 20% of the emails I get, I skim through 40% of them, and I mark 40% as read without opening.

Out of the 20% I peruse, I act on only 10% of them.

In effect, only 10% of all emails require my direct input, 50% are for my info, and 40% are literally spam.

The above data is after politely excluding myself from many email broadcasts. It could have been worse.

I wonder what life would be like if I only got the 10%. I had always felt the 90% serve a purpose, because once in a while they provide something of value in my responses to the 10%.

In reality, it is a productivity hack to keep weeding until you get to the 10% that matters. It is a productivity hack to get emails that need your action, and not emails where you’re only in copy as an ego boost to the sender, or as a habit of how it has always been.

It is going to be a long journey. Luckily, I love long rides.

– Osasu Oviawe

Words

The strength in every human runs deeper than they will ever explore.

We get glimpses of this when someone with a terminal illness embraces life with so much gratitude.

Every human you see is wrestling with something you know nothing about. Even when they share, you cannot truly understand, because our experience of reality is as unique as us.

Be cautious with words.

People continually underestimate the power of words.

They are the most significant and most common life changing event humans experience.

The most recurring word a child hears, shapes its future.

It is the longest known and used programming language.

To explore depths of strength unknown to humankind, we must be intentional about the words that carry us into the deep.

– Osasu Oviawe

Man’s Nature

Front hair carving is not a cause of receding hairline.

If it was, all other areas carving is applied would permanently lose hair.

This has not stopped men experiencing receding hairlines from stopping front hair carving.

An afro does not solve a receding hairline.

It can act as a temporary cover, but nature ultimately reveals all truth.

This has not stopped men experiencing receding hairlines from trying to keep an afro.

People rarely remember a receding hairline or use it as a judgment call on the quality of a man, but that has not stopped men from worrying about it.

No species struggles with nature more than humanity.

– Osasu Oviawe

Consistency

When you find what you do well, stick with it.

You will learn consistency through it, and consistency will serve you well in areas you are not necessarily excited about.

No one works only on what they are excited about, but the greats bring the same discipline, whether they are excited or not.

– Osasu Oviawe