The Thrive Questionnaire//

Bolanle Austen-Peters On The Power Of “Not Quitting”

How the Founder and Managing Director of Terra Kulture and BAP Production handles stress and failure.

When you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in the world about their lives, sometimes the most fascinating answers come from the simplest questions. The Thrive Questionnaire is an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.

Thrive Global: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed? 
Bolanle Austen-Peters: I read my Bible.

TG: What gives you energy?
BAP: Exercise and my passion for work and excellence.

TG: What’s your secret life hack? 
BAP: Prayer.

TG: Name a book that changed your life.
BAP: Boo Hoo by Ernst Malmsten

TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?
BAP: Sadly yes.

TG: How do you deal with email? I compartmentalize.
BAP: I check my mails only in the mornings.

TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
BAP: Eat chocolates and ice cream.

TG: When was the last time you felt burned out and why?
BAP: After the opening of the theatre because we were trying to meet deadlines.

TG: When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it?
BAP: The first production of Saro the Musical. The set, costume, lights and music are elements that affect the creation and reception of a play. Though different they are supposed to work as a unified whole. When these and other production elements are being travestied, visual semiotics becomes defeated. That was the case of the first Saro the Musical. How did I overcome it? By not quitting. I decided to redo it and the second time I took charge. I corrected and improved on every area that failed in the first production.

TG: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace. 
BAP: “Be still and know that I am God”.

Mrs. Bolanle Austen-Peters is the Founder and Managing Director of Terra Kulture and
BAP Production (Bolanle Austen-Peters Production). Bolanle Austen-Peters has a
Master’s degree in International Law from the London School of Economics and
Political Science and a Law degree from the University of Lagos. 

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