Is D always for Destiny? Or is it for something else?

Ahmadou DIALLO ✪
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6 min readOct 28, 2022


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“Data is the new oil.”

–Clive Humby

What is shaping our destiny today?

How will data shape our destiny tomorrow?

What can we do about it?

I have spent most of my life thinking I deserved to be part of the “successful” people I admire. I had some unfair advantages that helped me get excellent elementary, secondary, and high school marks.

In my engineering studies, I heavily relied on those “powers.” The reality was that I was average in Engineering school.

Looking back, I have been not more successful but luckier than most of my peers in Dakar, Senegal. Well, it depends again on how each of us defines success.

That voice tells me I could do more, have more, and become more. On the other hand, I have a capitalist voice that thinks that I am limitless. Some years ago, I sought a way to shatter that cognitive dissonance.

I have been leaning towards being more organized and mindful of my time, energy, and focus.

Hello, have you met Temperance?

Temperance in its modern use is defined as moderation or voluntary self-restraint.[1] It is typically described in terms of what an individual voluntarily refrains from doing.[2] This includes restraint from revenge by practicing non-violence and forgiveness, restraint from arrogance by practicing humility and modesty, restraint from excesses such as extravagant luxury or splurging, and restraint from rage or craving by practicing calmness and self-control.

Source: Wikipedia

Author Ryan Holiday states Temperance is part of the four stoic virtues, including courage, justice, and wisdom.

He is on the journey of writing a book for each of those virtues. He wrote the first book related to courage titled, Courage Is Calling.

He published the second book for Temperance called Discipline is Destiny, where he believes we can achieve Temperance with self-discipline.

He argues that controlling our thoughts, emotions, and actions is the way to meet Temperance.



Ahmadou DIALLO ✪

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