Model Yomi Abiola On Email, Failure and Catnaps

'I promised myself to ask for what I need going forward.'

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?
Yomi Abiola: Thank God for another day.

TG: What gives you energy?
YA: Curiosity for life, travel, surprising people.

TG: What’s your secret life hack?
YA: Looking for the teaching in every encounter with a person; it helps to create a map of my life.

TG: Name a book that changed your life.
YA: Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav.

TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?
YA: I’m close to my phone, but try not to be taken over by her. She sleeps near me, but not with me.

TG: How do you deal with email?
YA: I don’t deal with email at the moment; we are re-assessing our relationship.

TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
YA: I have a catnap.

TG: When was the last time you felt burned out and why?
YA: Last summer when I insisted that I didn’t need a vacation. My energy during the fall was scattered and I couldn’t give at the level I wanted to.

TG: When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it?
YA: I led a women’s circle organized by someone I had never worked with before. It didn’t go the way I had envisioned and that felt like a failure to me. I gave myself permission to feel bad, I reflected on what I needed and didn’t ask for. I promised myself to ask for what I need going forward. I jumped back in the saddle this time with partners that knew what it mean to create safety.

TG: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace.
YA: “If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.” — Toni Morrison

Yomi Abiola is committed to the advancement of women. She accomplishes this through the creation of multimedia, community building and supporting corporations to transform company culture.

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