I am at the office at 7:35 am. It’s the earliest I have been here for as long as I can remember. Resumption time is 9:00 am, so more often than not, I leave home between 8:00 am and 8:30 am. As I fix a cup of coffee to start my day, my mind races through all the things I plan to get done, and I remember I haven’t downloaded the latest episode of Game of Thrones.
There’s a copy of Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” on my desk, along with Patrick J. Stroh’s “Business Strategy.” The former I have read before, but it’s time to go back to the basics in my quest to become a better person; be more self-aware, more in control of what goes on inside of me. I have made a lot of progress in being self-aware and being in better control of my emotions. But events of the last month or so revealed there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done.
Wale is asking about the agenda for our briefing discussion on Saturday. We want to start a new company with 2 big goals – Get listed on the NSE and become top 5 in our industry segment in West Africa. I tell him to handle it because I have a lot to do. My initial response is to say, “I am doing everything. What are you doing other than preparing financial statements?” But I listen to the voice that says that thought isn’t right, and hold back. I want to do that often.
Recently, at a meeting I was privileged to be a part of, one of the wisest men I know said, “Learn to hold back. One of the hardest things to do is to hold back.” I am learning. He eventually sends me the meeting invite to review and sends it out. Wale and I are excited about this journey that is starting.
I think about how different my day is from April 22, 2013 when I first wrote on the3six5NG. Still a busy day, but while I was out on the streets then, I am here in the office. Some days I am working for 3 – 4 different organisations, including myself. I think about how much my competency has grown.
Finally, I get a chance to want watch S06E10 of Games of Thrones.
THE KING IN THE NORTH!!!!!
Stanley Oyovota | I am a marketer and salesman, entrepreneur and management consultant. I want to travel the world. And I will. You can follow me on Twitter: @iskminov.