Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Thank You

By writing this, I just want to say “thank you”.

To everyone who involved in my whole life. For almost 24 years wandering around in this journey called life, I’ve been meeting tons of peoples.

All I can say is, everyone who have come to my life just make me who I am today. No matter how and why they fill my life.

We can’t deny that our society, our colleague, our friend, our circle will bring some impact into our personality and life.

Maybe, we become someone better because we’re dumped. Maybe, we learned something new because we’re rejected. Maybe, we learned to fight because we’re intimidated. Maybe, we tried our best because we’re loved.

Every each person who come into your life, shape who you are.

So, don’t forget to thank them. All of them.

They who support you.
They who hate you.
They who put you in a trouble.
Or they who give you joy.

Tell yourself, “I wouldn’t be who I am today, I they weren’t exist.”

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Make Positivity Louder by Gary Vee

I just  recently become Gary Vaynerchuk’s listener.  It was started when one  of my friend gave me Gary’s video about “what to do after college”.

"Wow, this guy is crazy but true. Enough said, he just told us all the truth. Not in the most convenient way, but in the most striking way. He did not sugar coating the ugly truth. Because it is what is."

That was my first impression on him. And so, yeah, I regularly check on his content. All his content is great. It’s clear. It’s straight to the point. It is sound real. He will tell you every single aspect that will come to you in this rough life. Well, nobody said that life is easy. 

And a few weeks ago, I watch this  and it blown my mind. 

Gary reminds me that the world today is surrounded by negativity. We can find it around the corner. Your work mates spread the negative vibes, your school buddy does the same. Simply said, everybody do the thing, and social media make it event worst. Social media is filled with hate speech, endless complain about almost anything, mean comment or argument.  The worst thing about bad vibes is, it is damn contagious.

Here’s what Gary said about negativity:

“Everybody get their own stuff, and nobody cares. You are complaining to an empty air. Once you realized that you are complaining to an empty air, you will go to another direction”

Yeah, we all do post some shitty complain in our social media. We just don’t realize that NOBODY CARES ABOUT OUR SHITTY LIFE. Excuse my language, but it is the truth. If you complain about how your company treat you, no one will do anything for you. It is all on you. If you feel you deserve a better company, all you need to is submit your resign letter and find a new company. DONE. Just do something, instead of complaining.

Gary gives me a new perspective in living my life. 

First. Bad vibes only give you bad effect. If you are filled with negativity, it will affect on how you feel during the day. Well, you will never be able to smile when you are filled with tons of negativity.

Second. Bad vibes is contagious. Your negative co-worker could make you negative too.  But, when you are positive, you can also make another become positive.

Third. We all need to be louder in shouting positivity on social media. Well, social media is quite negative now, and it is our fault. It is because we allow negative people louder in social media. It is us that should spreading positivity on social media. 

Fourth. Instead of cursing or complaining, you can just do something to change it. There is no need to spend your time, energy and positivity on complaining to an empty air.

Spread the positivity :)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Free Time (?)

“Waktunya lebih fleksibel,” adalah salah satu alasan terbesar orang untuk memulai usahanya sendiri.

Dengan memulai usaha sendiri, memang kita sendiri yang memiliki wewenang penuh untuk mengatur waktu. Mau mulai kerja jam 10:00, boleeeeh. Mau pulang jam 12:00, juga boleeeeh. Bebas. Namanya juga yang punya, bukan karyawan. But, let me explain something to you.

Fleksibilitas waktu yang dielu-elukan itu tidak hanya bersifat positif. It can be fun, but it also can fuck you really hard. Blogpost kali ini terinspirasi dari obrolan saya dengan salah satu teman yang kebetulan beruntung bisa terjun di dunia usaha. Dia bilang kalau dia baru aja balik dari kerja. Waktu itu jarum menunjukkan pukul 22:00. Waktu saya sering lembur di Jakarta aja nggak sampai jam segitu amat pulangnya. Di akhir percakapan, teman saya berujar, “Owner pulang terakhir hal biyasa.”


Kadang orang mengira, dengan memiliki posisi sebagai owner dari sebuah usaha, maka ia akan terbebas dari jeratan waktu. Mau tau-tau liburan, bisaaaa. Lagi males kerja, pengen di rumah aja juga bisaaaaa. SALAH BESAAAR. Yang bener adalah, lebih bebas mengatur waktu. Mengatur, ya, bukan membebaskan diri. Beberapa waktu yang lalu, saya harus mendatangi Malaysia, dalam rangka menengok Upin, Ipin, serta Kak Ros. Karena saya adalah owner, saya tidak perlu ijin siapapun. Saya tidak perlu membuat surat ijin yang menerangkan alasan saya untuk tidak masuk dan segala keribetan lainnya. Stop. Privilege yang saya dapatkan dengan menjadi seorang owner hanya sampai di situ. Sembari nengok Upin Ipin, saya masih harus memantau pekerjaan yang saya tinggal. Kalau saya berposisi sebagai karyawan, pekerjaan yang saya tinggal mungkin hanya memiliki kontribusi sebesar 10% bagi kantor. But, thanks to “co-founder” title on my business card, kontribusi saya ke kantor bisa jadi 80%-100%. So, I can’t completely leave work.

Seperti yang saya bilang di awal, fleksibilitas waktu ini punya dua sisi. Sebuah pandangan yang jarang disadari oleh orang-orang yang kebelet punya usaha supaya waktunya lebih bebas. Jam kerja fleksibel itu bisa berarti:
a. Jam kerja lebih singkat. Kurang dari 8 jam
b. Jam kerja lebih puanjaaaaaaaaang. Bisa jadi 24/7, 365 a year. Nggak sepanjang itu sih. Tapi tetep aja lebih panjang.

Saya lebih sering ngerasain yang opsi B, nih. Boro-boro pulang jam 17:00, tiap hari saya pasti pulang di atas jam 18:00 atau 19:00. Jarang banget saya pulang masih melihat matahari. Tiap pulang pasti hari sudah gelap. Matahari sudah turun dari langit. Weekend? Kalau emang masih ada yang harus dikerjakan, nggak jarang weekend saya serasa weekday. Capek? Ya, capek emang. Tapi emang ini yang harus dilakukan. Harga yang harus dibayar atas tulisan “co-founder” di business card saya. Toh, kalau seluruh pekerjaan berhasil diselesaikan dengan baik, saya sendiri yang merasakan hasilnya.

Jadi, masih yakin dengan konsep FREE TIME seorang pengusaha? Nggak sepenuhnya free memang, tapi worth to try :)

Sunday, January 1, 2017



Well, this is my first post in 2017. I will not write much. I just want to recap how 2016 was for me. Simply as a note for myself.

Basically, 2016 was great for me. It was just like another years, but with different responsibility to hold.
Early in 2016, I came back to Solo after spending almost 7 months working in Jakarta. My top priority was: working on my final assignment and starting my own company. 

So, yeah, I finally had my own company - It’s Banana and Solocult - running this year. It’s Banana is a digital agency, and Solocult is a new media about Solo. Unfortunately, Solocult has to stop for a while. I hope Solocult will be active again early in 2017.

2016 has taught me things. How to maintain a company, how to manage people, how to negotiate with client, how to manage time. For me, 2016 was a real proof of “Experience is the best teacher”. I had no experience on running a company, so I need to learn every single day. Because every single day, there’s a problem welcoming me :)

2016 has taught me that if you have a plan, just do it! Do it by yourself! Don’t wait for others! Some said, “If you want to go far, go together. But if you want to go quick, go by yourself”. But for me, “If you want to start something, start it by yourself”. Don’t wait the others. One man show is far more flexible.  One man show is far more efficient. Do it by yourself for a while, at least until everything is steady. Later on, you can recruit others in order to help you.

2016 has taught me that show must go on, no matters what. I need to make sure that my team in It’s Banana could survive month after month. No matter what, show must go on.

2016 has taught me that sometimes network is far more important than your skill. Sometimes, network could take you to places that you never imagined. Just by spending a couple hours with your colleague.

2016 has taught me that it’s okay to make the wrong move. I did make wrong moves. But it’s okay. It’s not about to prevent the wrong move, it’s about what you do after you make the wrong move.  2016 has taught me how precise your plan is, there is always be some shits that will ruin it. Trust me.

That was my 2016 in a wrap. What’s for 2017? I need to have my final assignment done and execute some ideas in my mind.

We’ll see how it goes :)