Segun Cadmus: The FAST(IN) Quest, Letters From A Mentor

Segun Cadmus: The FAST(IN) Quest, Letters From A Mentor

Dear Mentee,

If you’re reading this letter, it shows that my doctor has informed me that I don’t have that much time left to live, my illness has done its work and it’s almost time for me to obey nature’s call to eternity.

Even though I’m over 96 years old, I have lived a wonderful and fulfilling life, filled with a lot of adventure; some disappointments along the way of course, but that only makes life’s journey sweeter and inspiring to reflect on.

I’m sure you’re wondering why I have decided to tell you everything through writing letters, well, I can explain that. First of all, I’m not able to speak as clearly as I want to and secondly, I am constantly surrounded by doctors, so I can’t be alone with you.

Anyway, I have so much to tell you, about life and the lessons I learnt on the way. Some things you would read from these letters might make you wonder if it’s worth it at all to go after your dreams and goals, and some would really make you excited about what is ahead of you. All I ask is that you take the time to think on these things and apply as many lessons as possible


It is true to say that success comes to those who approach life, career, work, relationships, money, health, family, business in a certain way. What they mean by that certain way is called culture.

My goal is to tell you different ways of how I succeeded in a lot of my endeavors and how I failed in some of them; they were all being influenced greatly by my culture.

Also, I will tell you how I came across a certain Culture Matrix, which helped me, understand my culture and know the right one to use for different aspects of my life

This is the Culture Matrix

The Culture Matrix consists of Six (6) Letters, each of them representing a guiding phrase. When I was faced with a situation, I used the Matrix to determine the right approach for that situation.

The moment i noticed it worked out well, I immediately made it into a culture rule; thus, it became the new approach to use in that aspect of my life.

So, here is the first aspect of my life, and the culture rule created with the guide of the Culture Matrix


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This series was written by Segun Cadmus

Segun Cadmus is a “Certified” Human Resource Business Management Practitioner that uses Highly Researched Result Oriented Tools and Processes to Promote Human Capacity and Organisational Development. With over 15 years of experience, 2 Degrees and 7 Professional Qualifications in the following Core Areas of an Organization :-
1. Financial Accounting
2. Human Resources
3. Strategic Management
4. Public Relations
5. Corporate Administration
6.Training and Development
7. Information Technology

Yewande Jinadu

Yewande Jinadu is the Founder of CareerLife Nigeria( and also a Strategic HR Business Partner of a leading tech firm. She's a certified HR Professional with a mix of Generalist and Specialist Experience who supports the business to achieve it's goals through the people. Her strengths are in Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Employee Engagement, Organization Development and Employer Branding. Her social initiative, CareerLife Foundation solving UN SDG Goal 8 is aimed at reducing unemployment by helping graduates and professionals become Employable and accelerate their career growth. With various awards won both locally and globally, her vision is to help millions of youths achieve measurable success in their career. Yewande holds the Senior Professional of Human Resources International (SPHRi) Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), USA. She is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (ACIPM) and has a Practitioners License to practice HR in Nigeria. She's the Convener of the Employability Fitness Program, an initiative aimed at helping young graduates overcome interview Phobia and the barriers in Recruitment process through mentoring. She is a public speaker and has been featured on various media platforms including: BellaNaija, SheLeadsAfrica, GuardianWoman, Women of Rubies etc Some of her recognitions include: Top 50 Career Influencers in Africa by The Workbooth Magazine and also a the top 10 Platinum members of Career Influencers. Top 150 Global HR Influencer by Social Micole. Top 100 Career Women in Nigeria by 9to5Chick Top 30 Leading Women in HR by Worden HCD You can reach out to her by sending a mail to: and follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @careerlifeng

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