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Some old writings I found which kind of summarizes my time in Accra. I miss Africa. And I miss writing. Where has the time gone?

Public toilets on Ring Road. Ghanaian English and British hellos. Juicy ripe fruit. 80 pesawas pineapple. Expat hangouts in Osu. Street shopping malls. Bad acting and even worse Telenovela voice overs. Rasta: from Bedstuy to Kokomemle. Being a “Busy Body”. The scent of Africa. Weaves, braids and low cuts. Lebanese and South African chains. Spring rolls on every restaurant menu. Flash me baby. Tigo, Kasapa, or MTN? Limited lights out. Vividly descriptive medical conditions. Rooster coffins near Teshie Nungua. Searching for soft roasted corn. Auntie at age 25. Great sushi at Monsoon. authentic Chinese kente cloth. Sec Sec Sec!. New York or Cali – who expects better service? Accenture alumni in Accra. Saltwater coconut. Red red and doh-doh. Africa Online – the new AOL. Aggressive Nigerians in Nima. Intro tro. Akwaaba bitches. Andrew’s Beans and Bread. Matata’s musings. Firsts in Africa – Horse riding at New Cocoa Beach. Missing American ads. Makola mamas. NPP, NDC and you know me. Maison du Maroc and pranic healing techniques. African cheetahs or cheaters? Flight risk finance firsts. Mefloquine dreaming. Topping up with Tigo. Pure water plastics along the pure water of the Atlantic. Song of the summer – Lil Wayne “Lolipop”, Sugar popcorn at Busy Movie night, “Charlie…”, Sri Lankan ginger cookies, the 1 strawberry seed that could

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Four years ago a wise man told me:

Determine what you value and how you will define your own success and happiness. 

Determine what you are passionate about and be 100% confident in it. No, “I think, I’m interested in, etc.” Speak with confidence.

Do you want to take control of the path your life goes or do you want to let things continue to fall on your lap? Know and accept the type of person you are.

Where will you be 5 years out of business school? Stuck or moving forward?

A “generalist job” may undermine your potential to start developing your skills and credibility. Think about how you can counter this.

If you want to know how to run a business, run a business.

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Some quick notes from a chat with someone who is slowly becoming a great mentor:

  • Determine what you value and how you will define your own success and happiness.
  • Determine what you are passionate about and be 100% confident in it. No, “I think, I’m interested in, etc.” Speak with confidence.
  • Do you want to take control of the path your life goes or do you want to let things continue to fall on your lap? Know and accept the type of person you are
  • Where will you be 5 years out of business school? Stuck or moving forward?
  • A “generalist job” may undermine your potential to start developing your skills and credibility. Think about how you can counter this.
  • If you want to know how to run a business, run a business.
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A few years ago I decided to quit New Year’s resolutions and to more often reassessing my goals and how well I go about achieving them but the beginning of a New Year just always naturally brings out self-reflection in us all.

Honestly it’s been easy for me to undertake this periodic self-assessment in the past 3 years. Applying to business school and subsequently completing the MBA process is supposedly all about self-assessing your experience, strengths/weaknesses, interests, passions, hobbies, etc. The path and logical steps have already been paved for me. All I needed to do was execute, execute, execute.

Impetus….??? (Professional and personal drivers)
Step 1: Apply to business school
Step 2: Study for the GMAT, research schools, prepare essays, gather letters of recommendations, etc
Step 3: Complete Applications
Step 4: Wait patiently
Step 5: Select school
Step 6: Start school
Step 7: Choose career path
Step 8: Recruit, recruit, recruit
Step 9: Land internship (kick butt and get an offer)
Step 10: Sign offer letter and start the rest of your life

While there were many chances to stray from this path, it’s a whole lot easier to follow it in its structurally sound safeness. And then there’s the effect of group think in business school. This video on the Psychology of Conformity, Groupthink, & Wikileaks prompted these thoughts (in addition to the general New Year sentiments). It discusses the pressures to conform and developing the ability to cultivate a healthy skepticism within groups we identify with and then challeneges us to actively change our behavior when the time calls.

Now that I am nearing this end of this brief junction in my life’s journey, I will have to master the skills of self-assessment and more importantly of action to achieve my goals. I’m excited to begin Step 11.

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On Christmas, a friend shared with me William Deresiewicz’s “Solitude and Leadership” a speech he had given at West Point.

It’s only by concentrating, sticking to the question, being patient, letting all the parts of my mind come into play, that I arrive at an original idea. By giving my brain a chance to make associations, draw connections, take me by surprise.

Many ideas within his words resonated with me as I had struggled to articulate his main ideas. As a 27 year old, soon to be MBA graduate from an “elite” institution, I have had very little time to actually think for myself; to develop my own thoughts and voice. This sums up my desire to create this space for myself. This space is selfishly for me to write down my thoughts and reactions to things I read, see and hear. It will be by no means perfect. What it will be is a chance for me to start thinking about the things I care about.

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