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I forgot today was blog day. I was way too busy with work, and I typically try not to work on Sunday’s. I worked anyway, but still, it’s the attempt/though that matters.

Today I’m writing and it’s 9:11 PM here in Chicago. I almost don’t want to publish this, because it’s rushed, but only the real will locate it. I won’t publish this on any social media, and hoping people just stumble upon it.

I’ll probably keep updating this throughout the week with my thoughts.

Today’s my big brother’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Kola.

Keep Inspiring Dreams,


Tabula Rasa: Part II – Ecosystem v. Echo Chamber


Deciding to attend the University of Illinois 8 years ago was my most recent blank slate. It was a new environment, new people, and most importantly, a new ecosystem. This blank slate of mind allowed me to evaluate the mistakes I’ve made in the past, and make the necessary changes necessary for growth. Analyzing data, and creating new rules.

I knew right from my freshman year in high school, what my future held. I would go to my dream school and get drafted by my dream team. As you can see in the comments, my peers echoed my aspirations!

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After football was over and I had no offers, I knew I had to use my head to get onto the field. With no scholarship offer, I’d have to be admitted through merit.

A few months later, I received an e-mail from the admissions office, “Congratulations, you have been admitted to the Division of General Studies.” When it came time to choose a major, I wish I would’ve listened to Ben Horowitz’s speech to Columbia’s 2015 graduation class about NOT choosing your passion.

Instead, I did everything I was passionate about and failed miserably. The life of a student-athlete wasn’t the paradise I had envisioned. In fact, the locker room was the biggest echo chamber I’ve ever been in.

I didn’t have time to code, so I felt like I sucked coding. I wasn’t getting any playing time, so I felt like I sucked at football. What made it worse was that everywhere I went, others echoed my thoughts: “stick to sports” and “stick to school”. After 5 semesters of going through this cycle, it all came crashing down.

I stepped away from my athletic bubble into the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Echo Chamber to Ecosystem

An ecosystem happens organically. It’s a complex system of interconnected networks. Within these networks, our “Relative Performance” is determined by our “Network Constraint”. The larger, more open our networks, the higher our performance. The smaller, more closed our networks, lower our performance. This article goes more in-depth about the paradigm shift of social networks.


I sat through a presentation on consciousness the other week that stated in order for anything to be created, there are three requirements:

  1. Probability
  2. Interconnectedness
  3. Memory

In order for you to write on your slate, you must be very conscious of the people, places, and things that will attribute to your experiences. This experience, after all, is the ink, and our conscious decisions are then pen.

When I realized that probabilities vary based on one’s environment or ecosystem, I knew I could never go back to an echo chamber. When you think about it, the probability of you being challenged in a larger network is higher than in a smaller one. I had to find people that ran faster than me, intellectually.

By immersing myself in an ecosystem of different thinkers, scholars, builders, and doers, I was able to change the probability of my success, or what I deemed to be a success. Being interconnected in this ecosystem has catapulted me to new levels.

Remembering where you come from, either increases or decreases the probability of you ever going back there. Being connected with ourselves and others help. Whatever you store in your memory, affects the probability of your actions. I know what it feels like to think you suck at coding, but believing you do will actually decrease your chances of successfully doing it.

This is sometimes called the Law of Attraction…but that’s for another day!

Tabula Rasa: Part I – Blank Slate of Mind

Tabula Rasa: Part II – Ecosystem v. Echo Chamber

Tabular Rasa Part III – Coming Soon.

Tabula Rasa: Part I – Blank Slate of Mind

Every post I’ve made this year have been curated on the spot, in the moment. The amazing thing about creativity is making something out of nothing, mainly out of necessity, and always with uncertainty. Historian Konstantin Jireček puts it into perspective for us.

“We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.” – Konstantin Jireček

This idea, however, has been marinating in my mind (and in my drafts) for a long time. To be honest, I wrote this in 2016 and have been making slight adjustments over time. I will definitely continue writing posts every Sunday as promised, but I think I’m going to get a little bit more creative with it. Essentially, I’m giving myself a blank slate.

“Tabula Rasa” is an idea that we can trace all the way back to Aristotle’s writing’s, but have been developed over time through the contribution of different philosophers. We can see the effects of this kind of thinking, in its development. What started out as nothing, just an idea, developed over time, and given us a slate of different perspectives to choose from.

I’m surely not qualified to be named with the likeness of Aristotle and John Locke, but I would like to make my own contribution to this slate, by sharing my perspective and personal experiences.

The most recent and widely accepted translation of the phrase is accredited to John Locke. I suggest reading up on all other perspectives, but for the sake of time, we’ll start from the end of the cycle. Locke’s philosophy was that our minds are blank slates at birth, with no data or rules for processing data, and that when data is added over time, so are rules all attained through our sensory experiences.

With this, we all have the power of authoring our own soul and defining the content of our own character. That’s pretty heavy, which is why I will be rolling this post out over the next few weeks. I’m at 2000 words and counting, so this is just the first 500. What perspective I want to share about this profound concept, is being able to leverage it at different points in your life. You’ve probably done it without even knowing it.

Most recently one of my close friend’s is actually immersing himself in Tabula Rasa now, which couldn’t make this post any more timely. He’s leaving his job as a Venture Capitalist, escaping comfort, salary, and an ideal lifestyle, to choose peace. Read about the beginning of this cliff dive here. Starting over may be daunting, but when you’ve done so much, with so little, for so long, you’re qualified to do anything, with nothing.

Over, “A slate that has been blanked”. Applying this literal translation to life, I’ve started over on multiple occasions. Maybe you’re learning a new skill, or starting a new job. In order to make room, you must first blank the slate of all that you think you know.

Part II — Coming Soon