“A plan is an ideal. A plan is not a blueprint.”
I have always prided myself on being a (mad) man with a plan. Yet often, I have learned after many personal and professional failures that I can change plans.
A plan is an ideal to aim for. If I grow, if I acquire new information, I can change my plan.
There is no shame in that.
A STORY OF GRIT AND RESILIENCE.
Often at work, I will try to discuss systemic racism. Often I feel like I am ignored.
Sometimes people pay attention just to be able…
When it comes to the physical universe, there are 4 forces in play. I wrote about them in my article When it comes to physics, there are 4 forces; when it comes to humanity, there is a 5th force. That force is stronger than the 4 others combined. Master it, and you will master your life.
To recall them very quickly we have the following forces:
In the previous article, I talk about a fifth force. …
“Hell is to meet the person you could have been at death and realize you’re not even a shadow of that person.
Heaven is to meet the person you could have been and to see yourself staring back at you.“
Fear has been driving and paralyzing me most of my life.
There are a lot of definitions of fear.
My favorite is this one: False Evidence Appearing Real.
Before coming to France, I was crippled by fear of failing here and going back empty-handed to Senegal.
Before getting married to a non-muslim woman, I feared being outcasted by my…
If you are reading this and attending my funeral, can you remind them that I want my eulogy to only be a list of African proverbs?
100 articles and I wanted to share with you the circle of wisdom that guided me here.
I have always been attracted by proverbs in general and African proverbs in particular.
I would love to sit down with you and tell you more about it.
My love of proverbs, why and where has been described by Mulenga Kapwepwe in her TED talk:
I remember my first smartphone. I was excited as I was unboxing my HTC Desire HD.
I installed the Facebook app and so many other ones. The red notifications and the buzzing sounds made me excited.
Soon I was addicted to them for my hit of dopamine.
Fast forward to 2016. I was completely hooked on social media apps and Netflix binging.
I spent so many days of my life scrolling aimlessly from one feed to another. Then, as I was starving for that dopamine hit, I threw away my most valuable asset: my time.
At work, I was an…
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is the power to choose our response.”
Often in my life, I was like water. But not in the way you expect.
Before I tell you about that, let’s see how we all see water first.
We are mostly water. Most of the vegetables we eat are water. Most of Planet Earth is water.
Water is the source of life in this rock we call Earth. Life can be soft as a blow of wind at the beach.
“Men seek out retreats for themselves in the country, by the seaside, on the mountains… Nowhere can a man find a retreat more peaceful or more free from trouble than his own soul.”
— Marcus Aurelius
I spent all my high school and engineering studies trying to get the best mark in maths and science.
I was eager to specialize all my stem cells into STEM masters.
“Stem cell, an undifferentiated biological cell that can differentiate into specialized cells.”
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
I think STEM is a great education system and tailored to…
“Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
“I just sit down and write when my kids are napping, generally on the Saturday or Sunday afternoon.”, I said.
“What? Do you constrain yourself to write? I have been struggling during the pandemic to be able to find inspiration for the book I am writing right now”, she replied.
She did not get it, I think.
“True rewards — wealth, knowledge, love, fitness and equanimity — comes from ignoring others and improving ourselves.”
Growing up, we learn a lot of things from observing other people. We learn from doing.
We also learn from trials and errors. We learn from our parents, from our community, and society as a whole.
We get a lot of values. Yet often, when it comes to soft skills, we are falling short. At school, we mainly focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
I have never attended a class at school, at home, or in my community…
“The meaning of life is to give life a meaning.”
Viktor E. Frankel
“I forgot my umbrella again. Damn it! I hate it when it rains.” This sentence is one of my favorite sentences when complaining about the weather.
I have another favorite one: ”You know, when I was living in Dakar, Senegal, I never had to worry about weather. It rains only during the summer.”
Yet, I left Senegal to come to France to pursue my engineering studies.
Yes, France has 4 seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
And it will rain randomly, all year long. …