Jakarta Again

Baru hampir 2 jam di Indonesia, di Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, tapi kekesalan gw udah memuncak. I don’t complain about it tapi kenapa di negara sendiri gw berasa insecure yang sangat luar biasa. Tadi gw jalan di teras depan Gate Terminal 2, apa yang gw pikirkan? Gw takut kalau tiba-tiba ada orang yang nyegat dan malak gw. Baca berita yang isinya bikin bulu kuduk merinding emang bikin parno. Seriously! Tapi Alhamdulillah ga apa-apa. Gw baik-baik aja. Nah, problemnya adalah gw merasa ketipu. Well, ga 100% salah yang jual, gw juga yang teledor ga eksplorasi. Ceritanya gw ga update kalau ada free wifi di Terminal 2, jadi gw nyari-nyari cafe. Ohlala cafe ternyata buka dan ada orang yang nongkrong disana. So gw pikir ada wifi nih. Gw tanya ke penjualnya, dijawab “ada wifi”. Finally, gw beli lah Apple Tart yang rasanya ga sesuai dengan harganya. Setelah transaksi selesai, gw tanya password wifinya apa. Eh, dijawab ga ada password, lansung connect aja. Ternyata oh ternyata, ini wifi-nya terminal 2 bukan wifi ohlala. Sesuatu ya. Gw berasa tertipu. Tau gini ngapain beli roti yang harga dan rasa ga sesuai? Well, i hope my trip will be fun, great, and barokah disini. Perlu lebih hati-hati deh ke depannya.

The Habit

Do you have such a habit that sometimes you do without realizing it unconsciously? Haha. I have. I do. Dan ini makin menjadi-jadi tanpa gw bisa kurangi. Segala sesuatunya perlu ditulis secara runut. Time table atau orang biasanya sebut scheduling. Perfectly gw terbiasa menuliskan rencana kegiatan di notes. Not only it, tapi barang bawaan kalau lagi mau jalan atau ngetrip pun harus dicatat dengan baik, completely. Kalau ga, biasanya ada yang ketinggalan. Separah itu kah ketergantungan dengan tulis menulis ini? Dalam tahap ini sebenarnya gw berasa itu parah dan sometimes annoying. Apa ini artinya kemampuan mengingat gw berkurang? Apa ada yang salah? Atau cuman sekadar habit yang berakibat kurang baik? Kayaknya harus survey thoroughly nih. Kalau ada yang tau, bisa share ya! 🙂
Semoga gw bisa makin kuat dalam mengingat tanpa ketergantungan dengan notes.

I Made $15 Million Before I Was 30, And It Wasn’t As Awesome As You’d Think

This is not about me. I haven’t earned $15 Million yet but I hope I would, I will. :p
Here I copied the link from Business Insider. Worth to read. Enjoy the life 🙂

Editor’s note: An anonymous user on Quora posted this insightful answer to the question “Is getting rich worth it?” While we can’t confirm the identity of the user, the answer is definitely worth a read.

I made $15 million in my mid-20s after I sold a tech startup. I talked to a lot of people about this question, and thought a lot about how to stay the same person I was before and after making money.

Here’s my answer: being rich is better than not being rich, but it’s not nearly as good as you imagine it is.

The answer why is a bit more complicated.

First, one of the only real things being rich gives you is that you don’t have to worry about money as much anymore. There will still be some expenses that you cannot afford (and you will wish you could), but most expenses can be made without thinking about what it costs. This is definitely better, without a doubt.

Being rich does come with some downsides, though. The first thing you are thinking reading that, is, “cry me a river”. That is one of the downsides. You are not allowed to complain about anything, ever. Since most people imagine being rich as nirvana, you are no longer allowed to have any human needs or frustrations in the public eye. Yet, you are still a human being, but most people don’t treat you like one.

There’s the second downside. Most people now want something out of you, and it can be harder to figure out whether someone is being nice to you because they like you, or they are being nice to you because of your money. If you aren’t married yet, good luck trying to figure out (and/or always having self doubt) about whether a partner is into you or your money.

Then you have friends & family. Hopefully your relationship with them doesn’t sour, but it can get harder. Both can get really weird about it and start to treat you differently. They might come and ask for a loan (bad idea: if you give, always give a gift). One common problem is that they don’t appreciate Christmas presents the way that they used to, and they can get unrealistic expectations for how large a present should be and be disappointed when you don’t meet their unrealistic expectations. You have to start making decisions for your parents on what does and does not cost too much, and frankly, it’s awkward.

Add all of these up and you can start to feel a certain sense of isolation.

You sometimes lay awake at night, wondering if you made the right investment decisions, whether it might all go away. You know that feeling standing on a tall building, the feeling you might lose your mind and jump? Sometimes you’re worried that you might lose your mind and spend it all.

The next thing you need to understand about money is this: all of the things you picture buying, they are only worthwhile to you because you cannot afford them (or have to work really hard to acquire them). Maybe you have your eye on a new Audi — once you can easily afford it, it just doesn’t mean as much to you anymore.

Everything is relative, and you are more or less powerless to that. Yes, the first month you drive the Audi, or eat in a fancy restaurant, you really enjoy it. But then you sort of get used to it. And then you are looking towards the next thing, the next level up. And the problem is that you have reset your expectations, and everything below that level doesn’t get you quite as excited anymore.

This happens to everyone. Good people can maintain perspective, actively fight it, and stay grounded. Worse people complain about it and commit general acts of douchebaggery. But remember this: it would happen to you, too, even though you might not think so. You’ll just have to trust me on this one.

Most people hold the illusion that if only they had more money, their life would be better and they would be happier. Then they get rich, and that doesn’t happen, and it can throw them into a serious life crisis.

If you’re part of the middle class, you have just as many opportunities to do with your life what you want of it. If you’re not happy now, you won’t be happy because of money.

Whether you’re rich or not, make your life what you want it to be, and don’t use money as an excuse. Go out there, get involved, be active, pursue your passion, and make a difference.

The Abandoned

Makin kesini makin paham kalau penggunaan gadget hanya sesuai dengan kebutuhan sehari-hari. Saat beli emang rencananya akan digunakan dari A to Z, akan dipakai ngetik, presentasi, baca pdf, atau lain-lain. It was for my Nexus 7. Remember it when I bought this device. I had no smartphone so it was a compulsory to connect to internet to keep myself existed connected. Gw beli bulan September 2013 dan it was very useful. Segala feature-nya oke. Nothing problem. But when I bought my iPhone 5S, it was completely changing. iPhone 5S bisa mengcover segala kebutuhan sehari-hari, name it chatting via facebook, kakao talk, whatsapp. Belum lagi twitter dan instagram. Ditambah dengan software penunjang lainnya untuk map, exercise, etc. So, iPhone 5S udah lebih dari cukup. Jadinya si Google Nexus 7 ini terabaikan.

Hal ini diperparah dengan kualitas Nexus 7 yang sangat jauh dibawah iPhone 5S. Jelas karena emang harganya juga jauh. Tapi secara prinsip, Android OS itu menyediakan software gratis dan macam-macam tapi performance ga smooth. Layarnya juga ga sejernih iPhone 5S. Dua faktor ini yang jadi penyebab feeling pake Nexus 7 jadi menyenangkan. Padahal Nexus 7 bisa berguna banget untuk baca pdf dan belajar bahasa dengan software gratisnya.

Ada pikiran untuk menjual Nexus 7, tapi kayaknya harganya akan jadi murah banget. Mending gw keep it untuk experiment (misalnya belajar coding Android apps) atau yang lainnya. Well, mudah-mudahan Nexus 7 ini ga terus-terusan jadi anak yang terbuang. Kalau punya ide untuk mengutilize this Nexus 7, kasih tau ya. Siapa tau bisa jadi lebih berguna.

How Do You Know If Your Career Has Stalled?

I have not been on my mood to write an article. To keep my blog update, I would like to post a helpful article that really has connection in me instead. Ok. Here is the original source by  James Caan. Credits all to him.

If you are truly ambitious then you have to make sure that you are always looking forward and trying to progress. Whether you’re a recent graduate or an experienced middle manager – it is crucial that you never allow yourself to drift. They say standing still is the same as going backwards and in the fast paced modern world there is a lot of truth in this.

Of course not everybody is the same and some people have different levels of attainment and different aims in life. Not all of us want to totally commit to work and if you are happy to focus on other areas of your life then this is perfectly okay.

But if you want to rise to the very top in your chosen field then simply having ability is never going to be enough. You also need the ambition and focus which will take you there.

The biggest achievers are those who have a plan in place and know where they want to go next. Accepting the status quo for a long period of time is never going to be enough.

When I first started out in business I made a promise to myself to constantly move my career forward on to the next stage. Even now, every six months I will take some time away from the day to day grind of the workplace to sit back and properly assess things.

The most important thing here is to be completely honest with yourself and if necessary, be critical of your own performance. Here are some warning signs that you should be on the lookout for:

No upwards movement: You should always be looking to progress every 2-3 years, whether it’s with a promotion or a new job. If you are still in the same role for a lengthy period of time, you need to ask yourself why. Do your performances not impress your manager enough? If that’s the case then you need to take responsibility and raise your level. It may be that your performances are fine but your manager thinks you are happy where you currently are, in which case you need to make your ambitions clear. Speak up and let them know what your goals are – good managers aren’t afraid of ambitious people.

Clockwatching: The best jobs will be ones where you don’t even realise the time as you are being kept busy –and you are enjoying it. Of course everybody has their fixed hours, but if 5 days a week you are leaving bang on time because you either don’t want to be there any more or you don’t actually have enough of a workload, it may be time to consider other options.

Lack of learning: I am always learning something every day when I come into the office; in fact I’m a firm believer that learning is a lifelong process. A clear sign of stagnation is if you are not picking up new things. It shows that you are too comfortable and your job is not challenging you. Some people are happy for this to be the case as long as they are picking up their pay cheque at the end of the month; but this can only last for so long. Consider going on training courses – not only will this give you new skills, but it will give you time away from the office to reflect on what you want to do

A lot of people don’t want to believe they are stalling or stuck at a crossroads, so here is a good ‘acid test’. Open up your CV every six months and see if there is anything new you can put on there. I am not talking about a change in address or phone number, but more in terms of skills and responsibilities. If you genuinely cannot think of anything then it indicates a lack of progress.

Remember that you alone have the power to change the direction of your career. Whether you decide to stay where you are or move to another company, it is up to you to show initiative, ambition and a positive mental attitude. With these three traits, you can turn things around and kick-start your working life.