Importance of self-reflection

I recently sat down with Dr. Niran Ojomo to discuss the importance of self-reflection as well as improving our mental health. Below are some of the questions I asked him. Find time to watch and listen to this intelligent friend of mine. How is self-reflection important for continuous improvement? How can we cultivate self-reflection? What is growth plan and…

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2023: Your most successful year ever!

2022 was my most productive year in terms of the number of peer reviewed scientific articles I published with my collaborators and team members, in one year. We used to publish an average of 4, but last year we broke the record by publishing 12.  While reflecting on what we had done in the past and what we did…

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Leaders and Innovators

At the event (Africa Leadership and Innovation Symposium) we organized yesterday in Durban South Africa, I said we should not let anything stop us from being a leader and an innovator. I made reference to Ghanim Al Muftah, the Qatari youth icon who shined at Qatar 2022 opening ceremony. Though Ghanim was born with a rare condition known as…

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Mindfulness

My friend, Dr Niran Olarinde Ojomo recently wished me mindfulness weekend and shared an image of what cognitive capacity entails along with its health benefits. Thinking about the image and his message, I ‘connected’ that that it is impossible to have cognitive capacity without mindfulness. Cognitive capacity involves focus & attention, memory, productivity and creativity innovation. Its health benefits…

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Passion for learning 

If you were given a choice between all expenses paid trip to Singapore for an academic conference  where you will give an oral presentation of your accepted paper or all-expenses paid trip to Zimbabwe for an intensive two week workshop/course to develop your skill in an area of interest, which one would you choose? My postdoc was faced with that choice recently…

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Be an outlier 

“Outlier” is a term used in statistics to explain data that lie outside normal parameters. In his book Gladwell studied people who are outliers i.e., highly successful individuals which he grouped into categories such as professional hockey players, successful professionals and billionaires. One of the key findings of Gladwell is that individual success is not an anomaly- it can…

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Continuous innovation 

This past Wednesday, Ethereum, the second biggest blockchain successfully completed its most important innovation ever. The innovation or upgrade, referred to as Merge, allowed Ethereum’s protocol to fully transition from Proof-of-work (POW) to Proof-of-stake (POS). This will allow Ethereum to reduce its ecological footprint. Another consequence of this transition is the reduction of the issuance rate of ether (ETH),…

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Book influence

Warren Buffet who turned 92 few days ago is highly revered in investment and business circle for his wisdom and leadership. However, he was once a slightly nerdish young man, who at the age of twenty was frightened to death to stand up in front of people and speak to them. Then he discovered Dale Carnegie’s course on public…

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Be ‘drunk’ with what will benefit you 

Laughing gas canisters, one of the most widely used recreational drugs among young people in the UK, are rising in popularity and getting bigger. Sadly, this has resulted in an epidemic of nitric oxide induced spinal cord and nerve damage. If this trend continues, we can expect to see many paralyzed young people from laughing gas cannisters. Probably, these…

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