My Life Goal
posted by Michael Olafusi , on ,
I have one life goal - To become a Renaissance man
A Renaissance man is one who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences. (TheFreeDictionary.com)
I have my own definition, one I can easily attach a goal to.
I consider a Renaissance man as -
1. A polyglot,
2. A poet, artist or musician,
3. A sportsman,
4. A programmer,
5. A financial analyst,
6. An entrepreneur, and
7. Having a good working knowledge of history and current affairs.
For 10 years now, I have been working hard at ticking each quality in that definition. And I'll be sharing my progress so far.
BECOMING A POLYGLOT
Being a Nigerian, English is my second language. My native language is Yoruba. So I grew up as bilingual and have gone through the pain of learning a foreign language before, a valuable head start.
I plan learning French, Spanish and German. And since 2009, I have been learning French actively. I listen to French music almost daily. I have French pen pals. I have gone for a French immersion programme in a French speaking country. I have taken paid classes at Alliance Francaise and Centre Culturel Francais, Nigeria. I subscribed to popular French news sites and I read French novels.
My French is still far from fluent, but I'm not in a hurry. I'll keep giving it time and consistent efforts. And as soon as I can swap out BBC news with TV5 and RFI, I'll move on to Spanish. And reusing the same strategy, I'll finally move on to German.
BECOMING A POET, ARTIST OR MUSICIAN
I plan giving all the three a try.
Since 2004 when I penned my first poem, I have written over 30. I have had one published in a National Newspaper and another one in an International Family Magazine. I now write daily and I'm in the middle of my first novel.
Between years 2003 and 2006, I tried learning to play the Piano, Flute, Trumpet, Guitar and Drum sets. Then I discovered that I am tone deaf. But in 2010, I began working on awakening the music conscious part of my brain. I started using my left limbs more. I began writing with my left hand. And for over 2 years now, I have been brushing my teeth daily with my left hand. I now do it as well as with my right hand. I'm already noticing pleasant changes and soon, I will try learning a musical instrument again.
Someday, I'll try painting too.
BECOMING A SPORTSMAN
Growing up in Nigeria, I had access to only Football and Table tennis, and I wasn't good at any of the two.
Now I'm recreating myself. I hired a private swimming instructor and for some months I swam weekly. I intend to resume the weekly regimen soon.
I do push-ups 3 to 7 times weekly, and since 2011. I walk for 45 mins every day. And being originally lean and tall, I now have a swimmer's build.
BECOMING A PROGRAMMER
I have programmed extensively in C and VB.Net before. I once built a home automation device using PIC C to program a Microcontroller. And I have built several interactive programs using VB.Net.
Now that I work part-time as an MS Excel Consultant, I write lots of VBA codes.
This is the only quality, I can tick as achieved.
BECOMING A FINANCIAL ANALYST
This is included in my definition because being financially literate and having a practical knowledge of data analysis have become life skills.
I have more finance books than any other book category. I have taken a couple of finance courses on Coursera. I manage my investments and do my stock analysis.
BECOMING AN ENTREPRENEUR
[classified gist, will share later]
BECOMING KNOWLEDGEABLE IN HISTORY AND CURRENT AFFAIRS
I read lots of classics. I read for more hours than I sleep.
I read almost anything, from product manuals to French classics.
I have a very good memory and an intellect that earns me frequent commendations.
So that's my progress report.
It's a life goal and I’m taking my time to enjoy the journey.
Wanna share yours?