Commitment, Care and Courage

As the journey of 2018 comes to a beautiful end, birthing 2019, I cannot help but be thankful.

My theme for 2018 was to build and be part of a team that demonstrates Commitment, Care and Courage (CCC). What a ride it has been.

For simplicity, each header can be defined thus:

Commitment: Do or Do not.

Care: Stop and give a second look.

Courage: Be the leader you brag about.

There were 5 activities I outlined to drive each header and it took much more from me than I anticipated. Surprising things happen when we stretch to reach high goals. Luckily, this year had more pleasant than unpleasant surprises.

I made some changes to where I share my thoughts this year, focusing only on my blog. I stopped sharing my posts on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook in July 2018. I will be back in 2019.

I moved my blog from weekly to daily posts on November 4, 2018, thanks to the constant nudging from Seth Godin.

Interestingly, my most popular post this year was a weekly draft which I mistakenly posted (and has stayed posted the same way since) – 10 lessons from 10 years of Production.

I increased my blog diet to include A Learning a Day, The Story of Telling, Brain Pickings, Collaborative Fund, Stratechery, and of course, Seth’s Blog and Shane’s Blog.

Different Tunes, One Dance – Continual Learning.

I read more books in 2018 than 2017. Oh, and some were journeys of beauty.

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. This book made me reflect deeply. I literally had to stop and critically examine my biases and the obvious flaws in my thinking which I had hitherto taken for granted. If this was the only book I read this year, it would still have been a good year of reading. Thanks Prof.
  • Total Freedom by J. Krishnamurti. I read this book very slowly. I had to re-read several paragraphs to get to the heart of the message. It was only at the end, I understood the central theme and so I read the whole book again. You will get nothing out of this book if you are not paying attention. It is not an easy read, but there are a lot of wows in there.
  • Originals by Adam Grant. Adam gets it. In fact, this book inspired an article titled – I Quit. It is one of those kind of articles I never would have written if I was actively sharing on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.
  • Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari. Considering I was completely sold on Sapiens last year, the next logical reading step was Homo Deus. It had a little less wow, but still quite insightful. Of course, next year I will be dipping into 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. I stay loyal like that.
  • The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Yes I know, I am a late comer, but it was totally worth the wait. Nassim brings the full package. Deep analysis, uncertainty, wit, arrogance, long walks and the actual art of not giving a fuck.
  • Zero to One by Peter Thiel. I read this book in a day and immediately gave it to a friend I knew needed it. He read it in a day and we discussed it for 3 hours. I shared it with my wife too. It is that good.
  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. I am also late to this party, because so many people have recommended this book to me, yet I always skipped it at bookstores. A book with a yellow cover just seemed like a joke. During one of my delayed flights at the airport, I decided to get in on the joke, to pass the time and surprisingly, I finished it before I touched down 8 hours later. I now kick myself for waiting so long to learn so much.

I read some other books, but these few readily came to mind. Maybe the rest are shy.

If you are reading this post today, thank you. You made 2018 rock. I love you.

And now, my Theme for 2019 will be, drum roll, PDD (pronounced P. Diddy). It is a remix of CCC.

PDD stands for Proactivity, Dependability and Dedication.

Let’s go there.

– Osasu Oviawe

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