I Am Uzoma Ayogu
I Am Uzoma Ayogu
SEPTEMBER 21ST, 1995
How would you describe yourself in 60 words?
I’m a pragmatic optimist – big thinker but always grounded in first principles. I believe everything that I’ve achieved thus far was because of those people that God has placed around me – so I believe people are how you unlock your purpose. Mine is returning shared prosperity to all Africans in this century. On a lighter note – I’m a big Arsenal fan and try not to take myself too seriously.
What do people not realize about you until they’ve known you for a while?
Even though I’m quite charismatic and extroverted I really enjoy alone time and can go days/weeks just buried in my own work however this lends itself to me being a pretty inconsistent communicator.
What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
I use this app called Time to basically track every little task (from brushing teeth to sending a specific email). This is try to make sure I do one thing at a time – Multitasking kills my productivity
What new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
Behavior/Habit: the above. Belief: Less of a focus on setting specific goals and more of a focus on nailing the habits that most drive results. More inputs driven versus output driven. Trusting the process.
Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?
“Live Life Abundantly”
― John 10:10
“I think it’s important to reason from first principles rather than by analogy. The normal way we conduct our lives is we reason by analogy. We are doing this because it’s like something else that was done, or it is like what other people are doing. With first principles, you boil things down to the most fundamental truths…and then reason up from there.”
― Elon Musk
“Who you spend time with is who you become”, “Find what it is that you love, and go after it as if your life depends on it. Because it does.”
― Les Brown
“He had one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced, or seemed to face, the whole external world for an instant and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald
(The Great Gatsby)
What is the book you’ve given most as a gift, and why?
The Bible – endless wisdom in how to live a fulfilled & meaningful life. A close second is Principles & Habits for Highly Effective People – focus on the frameworks you can use to actually get what you want out of life!
What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life?
Cheat answer: My Audible subscription. Real answer: SAT practice books.
What about the Junto excites you most?
I feel that as I get older the networks I’m part of are beginning to consolidate – I think this is a really exciting opportunity to make some completely new nodes & learn some completely new things from a fresh set of people. Some of my life’s inflections points have come from intentional gatherings of passionate, thoughtful, intelligent, action-oriented folks so a community that emphasizes these really gets me hyped. An example is meeting Cornelius changed my life’s trajectory!
If any of my answers resonated, I’d love to hear from you. You can shoot me a note here.