Monday, February 26, 2018

Book Review: 'Higher Education 101' by Osamede Arhunmwunde

Author Osamede Arhunmwunde is an entrepreneur and investor, yet his passion is to help his fellowmen realize their inner potential. And that is the driver for this book - helping us evolve as human beings.

In his Introductory remarks he offers his background and his reasons for writing this book: ‘We are living in a crazy age, so we believe we have to have fast answers, easy solutions, and free lunches. In looking for this quick fix to our challenges, we have become so blinded to old principles that have always worked and always will work. Even though they are right under our nose, we don’t see them anymore so we think of them as secrets. On my extraordinary adventure to success, I have been learning the secret of personal development. As one of my teachers put it: “It is the challenge to develop ourselves and our skills to see what we can create in the way of value.” Value makes the difference in result. I believe personal development, or to become more valuable, is the key to all good things. This belief has revolutionized my life. Of all the things that can have an effect on your future, I believe personal development is the greatest. The great axiom of life as my mentor once said is: “You can have more than you’ve got because you can become more than you are.”

Throughout his well organized and well written book Osamede discusses self-education – understanding who we are, or our identity –and he quotes,’ “If the universe is an accident, then we are accidents but if there is meaning in the universe, there is meaning in us too.” Next he address discovering our purpose and he shares a quote from one of his mentors, “The greatest tragedy in life is not death; the greatest tragedy in life is life without a purpose. It is more tragic than death. It is more tragic to be alive and not know why, than to be dead and not know life. A dead man doesn’t have to give a reason for his day.” The third aspect of self-education is the power of associations. And then he moves into the importance of practicing what we have discovered, setting goals, and discovering our ’why’. ‘Self-education works best when you understand your why for living. That’s what motivates you to endure any “how”. Life can get challenging and it will get challenging sometimes, but it’s understanding your why for living, your purpose that will keep you going.‘

Osamede quotes the scripture throughout his book and he does it in a way that offers a touchstone to his readers. He ends his book with the concept of sharing what we have learned in our self-education. ‘Resolve today to make the best of your time here on Earth, to live your life to its
full potential. Change and grow and your world will change for you.’

He is a wise young man with a huge heart – a teacher that cares. Read and experience his messages, Grady Harp, July 15

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