Thursday, October 26, 2006

To do what I love to do

If there is any difference between you and me it may simply be that I get up every day and have a chance to do what I love to do, every day. If you learn anything from me, this is the best advice I can give you. Warren Buffett

I guess this long holiday has given me a small chance and time to do what I love to do and being allowed to read or reread several books that I really wanted to enjoy it. The last two books that I read were China CEO and The Millionaire Code. China CEO is full of insight and practical advice about doing business in China. Though, I got no interest to do business in China, still this book offers some thoughts to start and finish a business war. In short, I think it is about networking, getting it, maintaining the network and get benefit from it.

The Millionaire Code is about personality theory and investing styles in order to create meaningful wealth. For me, it is about finding or selecting the right (and perhaps the best) role in taking part of business war, business development and investment.

I don’t see something really special inside the books but somehow I feel that there is something I need to fix my style and vision up to make my job gives me a double impact, best result and the joy of living my life.

I think, some of us get into the trap of just doing our jobs because of money, comfort and security that we don’t get to do what we really love to do. Well, I do feel that to some extent this sort of thing happened to me.

Feel the same?

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Buddies and Guanxi

One of the most important words in the Chinese business lexicon is guanxi. It means relationships(guan means "gate" and xi means "links") and the significance of it is that to succeed in business it is necessary to build up the right relationships with the right people.

This has remind me of what I have with my old buddies. Who are they anyway? well, for sure all of them are executives of big cos, people called them banker, consultant, expert or whatever...
First time I met them it was in Jogja long long time ago, and..... it would be a ten pages story if I tell you the stories of our madness...
So, here we are being a guanxi to each other... I hope it last forever :)

If life begin at forty then we just being a member of this life ( not all actually, couple of them had started it earlier :))
Twenty years..... hmmm... f**king twenty years...
Let's take another picture next twenty years... see whether you still there... :))

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Half baked apology

You know what!? Sometimes it takes one hour and a half to drive home after office hour. I hate traffic. Can't stand it. But if there's gonna be traffic... I mean serious traffic. I'm talking bumper to bumper, stop and go, never getting the speedometer past 3 mph kind of traffic... At least let it be for a good cause! (Cause I live in damned crowded city called Jakarta..... wehehehe)

Anyway, traffic is a good reason for getting late on long boring meeting, homing late and for "mampir sono sini....." hmm......

Monday, January 02, 2006

Undeliverable Pizza!!

What to do when you don't know what to do?
Take your car key and find "the don't know what to do cafe!!"
Don't know where it is? It is everywhere... just park yourcar at the mall and walk inside. When you find a coffee shop or cafe or whatever people may call it, order a cup of coffee! take a seat and start looking around.... yeah.... now you see....!! They got nothing to do just like you and somehow they found a way to do like what you do!

But what happen if we don't know what to do during office hours? Arrggghhh,.... you got to know the fact of my friends in Japanese companies!! They keep staring their note book, pasokon or even printer without moving their bodies for hours!!

They exactly know that during office hours they must have something to do! Staring their electronic devices and regularly say.... "Sou kaaaaaaa................" (whenever they found lunch time is coming, whenever they realized how smart they are in spending working times and whenever they think it is necessary to break the ice!)

Just joking... dont take it seriously, my friends :))

Summer Christmas 2005

Just two days before Christmas, here I am, thinking about my achievement and Christmas joy. Bit disappointing that I can't get all of my to achieve list that I wrote end of last year, I wish I could go few months back and fix everything up.

Even I know from my own experience that achievement doesn't yield lasting joy. True that sometimes great achievement during the year would make you feel better at Christmas in the earth's value. Anyway, I feel that I have done the best and for that I should say thanks God for this great year!!!

I think, Joy simply comes because God intervenes. Joy is something that is profoundly much deeper than simply breathing-in fresh air. Joy comes because God has done something spectacular in the world.

(Working) Life can be very dark and painful and when it comes, I will remember God's past actions of restoration. I will retell those good stories and I will remember and rejoice because I know that His joy will come to me again.

When life is difficult. When I am in trouble, misfortune, hurting and struggling; losing ground, surrounded by evil. What I have to do is pray and pray and pray.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2006. May God bless us forever.

Icon or I con?

I was in Singapore for business when I bought iCon, an unathorized biography about Steve Jobs. I guess it was end of summer 2005. Quite inspiring book for me, well at least to see how the Second Act can be happened (to someone?) in a tough high-tech business life.
In a positive way, I admire this smart guy as an icon, though history also showed his "I con" has brought him down from the empire of Apple.
Well, anyway I quoted his speech during The Commencement at Stanford Univ last June 2005. It's such a beautiful thought and knocking poet for me to achieve something better than anyone in this region wak wak wak....
Enjoy it....

Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life
Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.