Day 5: Justin

Doing this thing with OlaToxic is becoming a habit. I like it.  

2015 was an interesting year. It is the first year where I achieved everything I planned to achieve 100% – yes, right down to the funny little financial/material aspects even I didn’t believe I would achieve. 

Splendid. 

I guess it’s true what they say: if you envision it, you’re halfway there. I’ve never heard anyone say that- not in those words – but the Original Thought Theory argues that there must at least be one person who has. 

Anyway. It is therefore funny how 2015 is a memorable year not for the things I planned to execute on – and succeeded- but for the things I attempted, and failed at. 

Haha. That’s a bit of a paradox, or an irony. Or whatever. But see here – for the first time in a long time, I tried a number of things related to my career- and succeeded in them, largely. However, it was the failures that shed some light into something people almost never realize.

Failing is so underrated. We are conditioned to shrink at the possibility of failing that a lot of people tend to walk the safest path, the one where they can live a life free of surprises. Thing is: the easy path is usually quite the same as the path to mediocrity, no surprises there. As spontaneous as I like to think I am, I have recently come to terms with the cold hard (or is it hard cold?) facts (cold facts hard?): damn, man, I’ve been playing life safe and unwittingly, I have been playing myself. 

See why failure is underrated? Life’s experiences are customized to the experiencer (pardon the word). Life is a ‘Choose-Your-Own-Kit’ sorta thing and I cannot reliably depend on the successes – or failures – of others to accurately guide me through the sort of life I have planned to live. Sure, it might work if one was looking to replicate a substandard version of someone else’s success – like the made-in-Nigeria cars university students splatter the newspapers with every now and then, but if you must do the thing which you must do, there will be virgin areas where you will need to explore on your own and experience the failure that says ‘alright, alright. You are doing a new thing, and that isn’t the best way to do it. Regroup, regroup , and try another move.’

They don’t want you trying something new. They don’t want you living your life smh enjoy your life. Tell them you the only version of you there is and you gon’ win. Another one. 

Ahem. 

Here are the 7 things I look forward to achieving this year:

1. Getting good enough at programming to build useful platforms or contribute to a meaning project. 

2. Interacting – and partnering – with the creatives on my timeline to just do great, meaningful things. 

3. Exploring some of the ideas I have been too afraid – or plain lazy – to embark on. 

4. Getting published.

5. Seriously considering getting another degree. I think I’ve been away from school for long enough lol. 

6. Adding another faucet to this little income stream. Something for the family, if you get my drift. 

7. Rolling out my first animation project ever.

Thank you for reading. 

Did I say Happy New Year yet? 

Happy New Year! 

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This vunderkind dude is annoying. Why? Because he has a way with wit and words which manages to always leave me confounded. Really annoying. You can see more of the way I speak of here: thevunderkind.com

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6 comments on “Day 5: Justin

  1. Orẹoluwa A. says:

    Beautifully written.

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  2. He really does have a way with wit and words . I want to be like you when I grow up.

    Happy new year .

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  3. Temitoria says:

    Nice! Cheers to a success-Full year✌

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