September 27

“To live up to 100, Learn New Skills”


What does having a growth mindset mean to you?

“A farmer too lazy to plant in the spring has nothing to harvest in the fall.”

Pastor Jason, that was a fantastic experience in church, I said to him. I told him I wished I could play one of the musical instruments. “Lari, if it matters to you, you will find a way. We all have 24 hours daily”. I responded, could you teach an old dog like me a new trick?” He smiled; it’s up to you. You will find out that the brain is fascinatingly complex and neuroplastic. Sorry, I am not talking about ‘plastic bottles’; I meant the brain is malleable regardless of age. I smiled. He is the most witty person I know. He continued, the neuroscientists are just beginning to scratch the surface, he quickly added. I will see you next Sunday at 8.30 am, and he disappeared into the diverse multi-cultural sea of crowd.

“We don’t have to be smarter than the rest, but we must be more disciplined.” – Warren Buffet.

The images flashed in my face as If I was re-experience the lovely lady in the choir playing the the piano beautifully. Back in England, I moved my keyboard to the living room to remind me to practice after work, but the instruments continued to gather dust. In my defense, I sighed, exhausted from the chaos of my day on busy wards. The senior managers, out of their ignoramus, pride themselves on creating chaos at night and demanding the healers put off the fire during the day. When I set healthy boundaries and refused to indulge in their ignorance, they complained and reported to the ‘power that be’ that I was neither a team player nor a professional.

“The blind leading the blind.”

“The blind leading the blind” is so true in my previous Life! This is an idiomatic expression often used to describe a situation where someone who lacks knowledge or understanding attempts to guide others who are similarly unformed or inexperienced. It can be used in various contexts, such as Leadership, education, or decision-making. If you have more appetite, check our blog: “Is it ever permissible to lie to ourselves?

After a week of chaos in the acute ward, I said Thank God it’s Friday to my colleagues. Time flew by as I drove home, and I wondered if what I was doing mattered to people that matter.
Minutes later, I mainly cycled in zone 2 and listened to fascinating topics from longevity experts.
I listened to fresh insight from Matt Kaeberlein and Peter Attia on the Hallmarks of aging. There were nine hallmarks of aging at the time. My understanding is that there are now 12 hallmarks of aging.
I will write about this fascinating topic in our future newsletters.
I may consider this anti-aging supplement in the future, but at the moment, I am using strategies and tactics to optimize wellbeing. Get access to our wellness edge here (

The question is, “What’s the chance of me living up to 100?”

The attention grabbed my attention: “Slowing human aging is now the subject of serious research” in the Economist. I wasn’t aware of the story of Elizabeth I in search of the elixir of Life, but like most of her predecessors, she failed and took her last breath in March 1603, shy of the three score years and ten according to the Bible to be “the days of our years.
We don’t have to have access to the best scientist like Elizabeth to live healthier, brighter, and longer, but we need to be intentional.

According to a recent Scientific American publication, learning and thinking plateau in most adults and begin to decline after 30 or 40. People start to perform worse in cognitive tests such as processing speed, the rate at which someone does a mental task. These changes are often ascribed to normal aging by gerontologists.

Could gerontologists be mistaken? Do you remember the story of children taken from abusive environments to foster homes with enriched stimulation? Do you know what happened to their overall well-being? Another story for another day.

Let’s look at the benefits of learning new skills. Formal education is excellent, but we know there are other or more meaningful ways to support learning!

Learning new skills can bring a wide range of benefits to your personal and professional. Let’s take a look at the benefits:

• Personal Growth: Learning new skills can boost your self-esteem and self-confidence. It gives you a sense of accomplishment and mastery, which can improve your wellbeing.
• Adaptability: Learning new skills quickly is crucial in a rapidly changing world. It makes you more adaptable to new situations and challenges.
• Career advancement: Acquiring new skills can open up career opportunities. It can make you more competitive in the job market and increase your chances of career advancement.
• Increased Creativity: Learning different skills can spark creativity. You can draw on the knowledge from one area to solve problems in another, leading to innovative ideas and solutions.
• Better Problem Solving: Learning new skills often involves problem-solving. This can improve your ability to analyze situations, identify issues, and find practical solutions.
• Enhanced Cognitive Abilities: Learning stimulates your brain. It can improve memory, concentration, and critical skills.
• Increased independence: Gaining new skills can make you more self-reliant. You can take on tasks and projects independently, reducing your reliance on others.
• Expanded Network: Learning new skills often involves connecting with experts or fellow learners. This can expand your social and professional network.
• Personal Satisfaction: Mastering a new skill can be deeply satisfying. It gives you a sense of purpose and achievement.
• Resilience: Learning new skills teaches you to handle setbacks and failures. It builds resilience and a growth mindset.
• Improved Communication: learning new skills, especially those related to communication and language, can enhance your ability to express ideas and connect with others effectively.
• Lifelong Learning: Cultivating a habit of learning new skills encourages lifelong learning, which is essential in a rapidly changing world.
• Increased Efficiency: Learning new skills can make you more efficient in various aspects of Life, from managing your time to handling daily tasks.
• Health Benefits: Some skills, such as mindfulness and stress management, can positively affect physical and mental health.
• Financial benefits: Certain skills can lead to financial gains. For example, learning about investing or entrepreneurship can improve your financial situation.

Out of curiosity, which one of the benefits is your favorite?

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Growth Mindset, LifeLong Learners, Music, Wellbeing

About the Author

Niran (Larinde) Ojomo is a Trusted Advisor, COACH, Speaker and Trainer certified with the Maxwell Leadership Team. He is the founder of Forward-Thinking Generation Next, a forward-thinking organization that challenges individuals and organizations to re-invent themselves, anticipate and adapt to the future and be culturally relevant in an increasingly complex globalized world.

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