One year later…

A few days ago made it one year since I carried my portmanteau and moved back to Nigeria from the UK. In January of that year, I woke up and asked myself the question: “Adeolu, what are you doing here?” I had asked myself that question severally in the past but it wasn’t until that day that I decided to do something about it.

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Psst…the Cisco Mentoring Program has launched!

I often get messages from people just starting out their Networking career and others who are well on their way: they would like to talk to someone who has gone ahead on the path they are currently treading. Other times, they have questions (technical and otherwise) they would like answered. Generally speaking, what they want in one word is a “Mentor”.

Rather than randomly looking for a Cisco mentor, I decided to make it official. I recently launched Continue reading

Your attitude while on your way to the top

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I had a heart-wrenching conversation a few days back. It was one of those ones that you know what you should do but you feel incapable of doing it. When you give it deeper thought, you discover it’s not necessarily incapability but rather, unwillingness.

I once talked about doing what you love on this blog and I believe that’s a wonderful thing. But what’s your attitude while on your way to that thing? Continue reading

Top secret: A Post of Gratitude

Today is a day of Appreciation to that one person or those people that God has used to shape your life. Yes, our lives are in God’s hands and if they chose not to be of assistance to us, God will still have raised help for us from other places (Esther 4:13-14), but glory to God, they helped!

Yesterday, I remembered one of such people in my own career life- ***-*****. He wouldn’t want to be mentioned. He charted a course for me and many others into the world of Information Technology. Like a story of Romio (no mistake) and Juliet, he had discovered that one thing he would gladly die for because even before many knew how to burn a CD, he had been talking about Virtualization! He gave and still gives selflessly. He provided us a platform- a platform of knowledge.

And most importantly, he gave me an idea, an idea that is still burning in me today.

In every definition of the word, he is my mentor and although his identity (even on the web) is kept more secret than a CIA operation, God knows you sir and He will bless you, not just for me but for many others that you have been a blessing to.

Food for thought:

How have you lived your life so far? As a giver? As a receiver? Neutral?

Life nugget:

Ecclesiastes 11:1 “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.”

Do what you love

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I’m excited this morning. First day at work in 2013 and I got in early. You may not really understand why this is important so let me give you a brief history.

After several years of technological escapades beginning in my undergraduate days trying to know everything about everything (programming, Linux, hacking), I finally found my niche- Network and Security technologies (mostly Cisco). I was sold. You know that thing they say about what you’d do happily without getting paid to do? This was it for me (Although I knew I would get paid for it *grin*). That was 5 years ago.

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