February 2023


There’s always a chance to win the crown But when we fail to give our best We simply haven’t met the test.

Sometimes I think the Fates must Grin as we denounce and insist

The only reason we can’t win

Is the Fates themselves that miss

Yet there lives on an ancient claim

We win or lose within ourselves

The shining trophies on our shelves

Can never win tomorrow’s game

You and I know deeper down

Everyone’s health generally declines with time, and sooner or later we all die, so the question we all must answer is how to make the most of our finite time on earth.

In Die With Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life, American hedge fund manager and author Bill Perkins presents a practical guide on how to get the most out of your money—and out of your life. 

Die With Zero Book Premise

You should be focusing on maximizing your life enjoyment rather than on maximizing your wealth. Those are two very different goals. Money is just a means to an end: Having money helps you to achieve the more important goal of enjoying your life. But trying to maximize money actually gets in the way of achieving the more important goal.

In Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters, leadership author John C. Maxwell describes the process of living an international life. Maxwell notes, “When you live each day with intentionality, there’s almost no limit to what you can do. You can transform yourself, your family, your community, and your nation. When enough people do that, they can change the world. When you intentionally use your everyday life to bring about positive change in the lives of others, you begin to live a life that matters.”

There are four major characters in nearly every story: the victim, the villain, the hero, and the guide.

In Hero on a Mission: A Path to a Meaningful Life, American author, and Entrepreneur Donald Miller examine the role of story and finding meaning in our daily life. Miller uses  Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey as a metaphor for our life story.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 24, 1983, and raised in Columbia, Maryland, Alexis launched his first business soon after completing degrees in commerce and history at the University of Virginia. Ditching his plan to become a lawyer, he partnered with a friend, Steve Huffman, and pitched a mobile food-delivery app to the American startup accelerator Y Combinator in 2005.

YC rejected the concept but accepted Alexis and Huffman, agreeing to back their idea for a user-driven online media aggregator and discussion forum called Reddit; the following year, it was sold to publishing conglomerate Condé Nast for a sum that, according to a 2020 tweet from Alexis’s personal account, exceeded his parents’ lifetime earnings. 

 Coach John Wooden won ten NCAA national championships, seven of them in consecutive years, and had four undefeated seasons, including an 88-game winning streak. John Wooden had a 620-147 record during his 27-year tenure as the head coach of the UCLA Bruins.

Coach wooden started coaching basketball at UCLA in 1948. For the first fourteen seasons, the team did not win a national championship. Coach worked hard yearly with his team, working hard and never giving up. In the fifteenth season, the team had a breakthrough, and they won their first national championship. They won nine more national championships in the following ten years.

Coach John Wooden won ten NCAA national championships in twelve years. John Wooden had a 620-147 record during his 27-year tenure as the head coach of the UCLA Bruins. John is a lover of maxims, sayings and poetry. Here are some of Coach John Wooden’s favourite sayings and maxims.

Be more concerned with what you can do for others than what others can do for you. You’ll be surprised at the results.

Abiola Bawuah was recently appointed to become the first female CEO of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Africa operations. With her appointment, she joins the UBA Group Board as an Executive Director, overseeing the Group’s operations across the African continent, outside Nigeria. She was formerly the regional CEO of UBA, in charge of six countries (Ghana, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Sierra Leone).

We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training. – Archilochus

I have been experimenting with various goal-setting strategies, such as goal stacking, goal scheduling, spaced repetition, morning routine practice, and the Pomodoro Technique, among others. At the beginning of every year, I set various goals and challenges to optimize my potential and fine-tune my body, mind and soul, such as the 100 Books Reading Challenge, 50 Reports Reading Challenge, 50 Biography Reading Challenge, John C. Maxwell 50 Books Reading Challenge, 50 Magazine Reading Challenge, 365 English Podcast Listening Challenge, 365 French Podcast Listening Challenge etc.

I set these challenges yearly to keep me grounded and help me stay hungry. As the late former Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously advised in his 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish,” I try to review my goals weekly and reaccess my commitment to the set goals. Some of the other goals and daily routines that I practice daily includes 5 AM Morning Routine (Study time for certification, SAVERS framework), Daily Meditation (400+ streak), daily gratitude journaling

Here is a breakdown of how I faired in executing the goals.

January 2023 Goal Updated

  • 12 Books Read – Non-Fiction (4), Biography (4), John C. Maxwell (4)
  • Reports – 2 Read | Magazine – 2 Read
  • Documentaries: Tyson (2008) | John Wooden: They Called Him Coach
  • Exercise Time = 83 Hours | 327.3 KM covered
  • Daily Gratitude Journaling plus intention journaling, weekly reviews
  • Daily Meditation Practice (25-30 minutes daily using the calm app)
  • Practices
  • 365 English Podcast Listening Challenge – 31 Podcast sessions.
  • 365 French Podcast Listening Challenge – Daily French Podcast Listening sessions.
  • Morning Routine: (IT Certification Preparation) – 2 Hours (Monday – Friday)
  • Exercise Regimen (Basketball Shooting (40-60 minutes every morning), Threadmill Running(50-60 minutes 6-7 times per week), Swimming while listening to french (60-90 minutes per day – 14 KM/7 hrs+ per week), Weight Lifting and Cycling.
  • Reading from my Kindle device (Kindle Unlimited), hardcover books, Audiobook platforms (Scribd, and Audible).

Exercise Regimen

I spent 1/9th of my time in January 2023 exercising.
Total time spent exercising = 83 Hours
Total hours in January = 744 Hours
Time Spent Swimming = 30 hours 10 mins | 54.7 KM
Time Spent Running = 22 hours 55 mins | 216.7 KM
Time Spent Cycling = 4 hours 2 Mins | 50.4 KM
Time Spent weight lifting = 5h 38 mins
Time Spent shooting Basketball = 17 hours 46 mins

100 Books Reading Challenge

  1. Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence by Dr. Anna Lembke
  2. Embrace the Suck: The Navy SEAL Way to an Extraordinary Life by Brent Gleeson  
  3. Company Of One: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business by Paul Jarvis
  4. Coach Woodens Pyramid Of Success: Building Blocks For a Better Life by John Wooden 

50 Biography Reading Challenge

  1. Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography by Mike Tyson.
  2. Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger 
  3. Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court by Coach John Wooden.
  4. Govt Cheese a memoir by Steve Pressfield.

John C. Maxwell 50 Books Reading Challenge

  1. Winning With People: Discover the People Principles that Work for You Every Time by John C. Maxwell.
  2. Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently by John C. Maxwell.
  3. The Self-Aware Leader: Play to Your Strengths, Unleash Your Team by John C. Maxwell.
  4. JumpStart Your Leadership: A 90-Day Improvement Plan by John C. Maxwell.

50 Magazine Reading Challenge

50 Reports Reading Challenge


I meditate daily with the following guided meditation: : Daily Jay – Jay ShettyDaily Calm – Tamara Levitt, and Daily Trip – Jeff Warren. I average 25-30 minutes meditating, focusing on my breath and re-centering my focus.

400+ Meditation Streak
Meditaion Streak – Lanre Dahunsi

Podcast Listening

All the Best in your quest to get Better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.

Raise the rest of your life to meet you. Don’t search for defining moments because they will never come.

Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Peter Dinklage and alumni of Bennington College delivered the 2012 commencement address to the graduating students.

“Don’t wait until they tell you you are ready. Get in there”.

Peter Dinklage 2012 Bennington College Commencement Speech Transcript