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Fixing Our Beliefs

Howdy, its been awhile since I last wrote something. I will try to share more often, and perhaps once in awhile in English and Indonesian language.

Since following ERASE Workshop last June in Pekanbaru, I felt that my subconscious is always at the awareness state, and met lots of Clicked Moment, which makes me recalling all the past memories, and thoughts. Well, it seems they are asking those to be fix and clear to a correct thoughts and beliefs.

Believing in surviving the economy crisis right now is “Adequate” is not right. Even when the economy is bad, there are people who still succeeds and earning more than we have. Losing money every month is not GOOD either, that means we are wasting our time and effort. AND We are not Working Hard and Smart enough to succeed in our business.

I came to think of the time of no worries few years back, and my business get to grow from month to month, until a year and after that it stays right at that spot and going up and down. I came to think again, what is actually the problem? Is it my plan to make the business autopilot, and then my way of implementing is wrong and too fast to let loose the control? And worst of all, lack of focus in searching for opportunities within that industry itself.

Believing in wrong thing, might result in wrong outcome, that we never improve, or even move. Our time is all wasted, whilst our competitors and friends are moving all the way up up up and suddenly we felt so small and weak. It is different when we first started up, we have no fear, we aimed to be better than the competitors although we are new and fresh. Having this kind of thoughts and bravery all the way up is supposedly to make us stronger and better. If we lose this spirit, then we are done.

So, lets check our beliefs, see whether it is right or not? Check with your friends, your mentors, your seniors, see their perspectives, and judge yourself. But out of all, act it out, fix it, and CHASE the broken DREAMS. Its never too late to rocket your way up higher than before. Afterall, being in the ordinary level makes us learn and get slapped all the time, now its time to WAKE UP, and Believe in the Right Way.

Survival of The Fittest

As the title suggests, we are in the era of open market. Everyone can sell, even right from their phone and home. Thinking about retail, makes me wonder, which way shall we go?

As we know, there are plenty of brands in smartphone industry itself. A lot came into Indonesia, and not little left for home too. Only the fittest can last. Maybe those who left are not in the right track, not in the right favor of Indonesia’s market. Industry’s giant of course keep dominating, and has the largest market share. Not saying about the brand only, but the Distributors and Large Retailers.

What do we do as a small retail that wanted to go big? Online? But its already bleeding out there. Colabs? Who do we collaborate with? Who will want to collaborate with us?

This has become my thoughts lately. Small retails vs Big Retails which the latter sells aggresively, having the power of large customer base, how could a small retail gain its special interests? I’ve one vision came through my mind last night, a vision of my 1 building store, focusing on just a few brands, getting better and better, gaining more customer base, and succeed in this belief: “Focus on the Strong Brand which Gives Hope and Support Continuously”. Don’t be led by offerings from others that might distract you from your focus, know your stand, refocus, and Fight for it.

Well, that should help. Let’s see how’s the fight for the fittest in this open market era will become in the near future.

ProAktif

Semangat Pagi

Sudah lama rasanya tidak menulis lagi, pagi ini Saya ingin sharing sedikit nih tentang response yang sering saya dapat pada saat mengumumkan Lowongan Kerja di sosmed.

Kemarin saya mengupload pengumuman Lowongan Kerja untuk teknisi di sosmed dengan penjelasan syarat dan kriteria yang dibutuhkan ditambah Manfaatnya.

Selang 10 jam kemudian, pesan2 bermunculan, rata2 menanyakan:
1. Lowongannya masih ada Gan?
2. Syaratnya apa gan?
3. Ijazah saya belum keluar gan, gimana?
4. Kalau hanya bisa begini begitu, apa bisa?
5. Lokasinya di mana?

Ini adalah beberapa pertanyaan yang muncul, dan sebagian diulangi oleh beberapa orang yang berbeda.

Lalu saya tambahkan di bawah pengumuman tersebut sebuah kalimat:

“Penting! Pertanyaan persyaratan, lowongan masih ada, dan segalanya tidak akan dijawab lg yah, karena kalau serius, semua sudah di tls di atas. Biasakan baca sampai habis dan action lebih dulu.”

Saya mencoba mengetes apakah mereka benar2 membaca hingga tuntas. Ternyata rata2 tidak membaca, hanya membaca beberapa kalimat di awal.

Dan alamatpun tidak mereka usahakan membacanya di Profile sosmed tersebut, padahal semua sudah di paparkan dengan detail.

Nah, pernah di panggil dengan panggilan Gan?

Gan itu apa sih? Bagi kaskusers mungkin tahu, yaitu singkatan dari Juragan. Sebaiknya panggilan ini digunakan hanya pada forum tersebut, maupun pada jualbeli Online.

Namun ini hanyalah detail2 kecil yang membuat saya berpikir, tidak adakah calon karyawan yang proaktif lagi saat ini?

Tentunya bukan proaktif bertanya, tetapi proaktif Action. Saya sering terbayang saat-saat saya mencari kerja 11 tahun yang lalu. Saya menyiapkan Cover Letter yang baik dan menarik, merapikan Resume/CV saya dan memasukan pengalaman serta informasi yang lengkap, mencari tahu latar belakang perusahaan dan informasi lengkap perusahaan tersebut.

Well, mungkin Jaman sudah berubah, semuanya suka yang instan, dan sangking mudahnya menanyakannya melalui sosial media, maka hal-hal di atas mungkin tidak lagi terpikirkan, atau mungkin tidak ada yang ajarin.

Salam sukses,

Andi Wu

The Past, Today and The Future

SERUM: Masa Lalu adalah Kenangan, Gapai Impian Anda di Masa yang akan datang dan Syukuri Masa Sekarang

Semangat Senin Pagi,

Tidak terasa, Kuartal pertama 2017 segera berakhir. Apa yang sudah Anda pelajari di 2017 ini?

Ada satu pertanyaan dari teman saya beberapa waktu lalu yang isinya begini: Jika kamu bisa membalikan waktu, kamu lebih memilih hidupmu sekarang atau masa itu?

Pertanyaan yang dalam bagi saya. Saya jawab: Of Course masa-masa waktu itu, saya ada pola kehidupan yang saya sukai, lingkungan yang jauh lebih baik dari sekarang, teman2 yang selalu ada dan kita sering berkumpul bersama.

Namun hari ini saya sadar, apapun kenikmatan dan kebahagiaan yang kita pernah lewati di masa lalu, jangan dijadikan sebagai hal yang menarik diri kita dari bergerak maju ke depan melewati hari ini, dan menggapai impian kita yang masih belum tercapai.

Syukuri kondisi kita hari ini, masa lalu mungkin Indah, tapi waktu itu Anda belum memulai kehidupan berkeluarga, Anda masih muda, Anda masih banyak teman yang senasib dan seumur.

Coba lihat kondisi sekarang, mungkin teman-teman yang dulu bisa sering berkumpul, kini harus mengatur waktunya lebih untuk keluarganya.

Apapun kondisi yang Anda hadapi saat ini, Syukuri yah, dan Teruskan lah dengan penuh suka cita. Yang berlalu biarlah jadi kenangan, yang akan datang jadikanlah impian Anda agar mendapatkan hidup yang lebih baik lagi dari yang sebelumnya.

Terus semangat! Ada 3 Kuartal lagi yang perlu kita tempuh di 2017 ini.

Salam sukses,

Andi Wu

Cycling 50 KM to Bagan siApi Api

Perjalanan 50KM Menghadapi Berbagai Macam Tantangan

Halo Teman-Teman,

Sungguh seru sekali aktivitas saya dan teman-teman hari Minggu kemarin. Kami bangun jam 5 pagi, untuk siap-siap berangkat ke kota Bagan siApi Api atau di singkat BAA. Perjalanan menggunakan mobil memakan waktu 2,5 Jam biasanya. Namun kali ini kami melewatinya dengan gaya yang berbeda.

Kami berTiga membawa sepeda MTB di atas mobil, dan mulai mengayuh sepeda ketika tiba di daerah Ujung Tanjung (kira-kira 80KM dari BAA). Pertama kam itidak menentukan target berapa KM yang perlu kami tempuh, perlengkapan semua sudah dipersiapkan. Ada mobil yang mengikuti dari belakang mengawal.

10 KM pertama terasa sangat ringan dan menyenangkan karena “Sesuatu yang Baru”. Di tambah udara yang menyejukkan di pagi hari, dan energi dari sarapan pagi yang masih penuh. 20 KM pun telah kami tempuh, salah seorang teman meminta untuk istirahat.

Setelah istirahat sejenak, 1 orang teman pun Give Up dan menaiki mobil bersama sepedanya. Tinggal kami berdua melanjutkan perjalanan. Sepanjang jalan kami menikmati pemandangan yang tidak selalu kami temui, seperti Sawah, Sungai Rokan, Perumahan kampung, bahkan saya ketemu seorang anak sedang main ayunan yang digantung di pohon yang besar. Di atas pohon tersebut terdapat sebuah rumah kecil yang dibuat, seperti masa kecil jaman dahulu. Seru sekali.

Setelah 30 KM, setiap 5 KM mulai terasa bagi kami. Kami tetap bertahan mencoba mengejar sebuah record baru dengan target 40 KM. Terus mengayuh dengan konsisten, meminum air secukupnya, dan setiap kali jam di tangan bergetar, menandakan 5 KM telah dilalui, maka kami semakin semangat mengejar 5 KM berikutnya.

Setelah 40 KM dan beristirahat sejenak untuk mengeringkan keringat yang menganggu pandangan, mengisi asupan kalori sedikit, kami berdua pun bertekad melanjutkan hingga 50 KM. Bahkan teman saya pun mengatakan: Mari kita teruskan sampai batas yang tidak dapat ditahan lagi.

10 KM terakhir ini terasa sedikit berat karena kami harus menghadapi jalan yang penuh dengan tanjakan dan udara yang sudah semakin panas. Sungguh puas rasanya ketika angin dingin berhembus, bahkan ketika melewati daerah yang penuh dengan pepohonan; badan ini rasanya berterima kasih sekali akan keteduhan yang dirasakan.

Pada KM ke 50, di mana masih tersisa sedikit energi untuk melanjutkan hingga ke kota BAA, kami pun memutuskan untuk mencukupinya. Suatu pencapaian yang baru, berbeda dan menarik. Kami pun kembali menaiki mobil untuk meneruskan perjalanan hingga kota BAA. Lega rasanya dapat duduk di mobil, mandi air dingin ketika tiba di BAA, dan menikmati segelas kopi susu hangat.

Tidak dilupakan pemandangan kota BAA yang begitu Tenang, Santai dan tanpa beban. Dan akhirnya menikmati kuliner khas Bagan yang Maknyusss…

Pada perjalanan pulang, dengan energi yang tersisa sedikit, namun semangat yang masih ada kami bertiga menemani seorang teman yang telah menunggu di kota BAA untuk ikut mengayuh sepeda pada perjalanan pulang ke kota Dumai. Kami mulai mengayuh sekitar jam 14.00, dan pada KM ke 22 saya dan seorang teman akhirnya tidak sanggup lagi karena cuaca sangat panas menyengat, jauh lebih menyengat dari pagi hari. Kedua teman lainnya akhirnya menyelesaikan usaha mereka pada KM ke 27 tepat pada sebuah mini market di mana kami menikmati air kelapa dingin dan roti sebagai imbalan atas usaha kali ini. Dan itulah perjalanan kami di hari Minggu kemarin, tiba kembali di kota Dumai pada pukul 19.00 WIB.

Rata-rata perjalanan menggunakan sepeda memakan waktu 15 menit setiap 5 KM, sehingga total perjalanan kami mengayuh sepeda kira-kira 3 Jam 45 Menit. Perjalanan panjang ini tentunya dapat kita jadikan pelajaran dalam menjalani hidup kita sehari-hari.

1. Start Easy at Your Own Pace (Mulai dengan mengikuti kemampuan diri kita dan tidak dipaksakan)
2. Ada kalanya kita perlu mencoba Go Beyond Limit
3. Menentukan Target sedikit di atas rata-rata
4. Breaking Down the Target into Segments (Membagi Target ke Segmen Kecil agar lebih mudah dicapai)
5. Tidak Puas Begitu saja pada saat mencapai target tertentu
6. Pertahankan Semangat yang tersisa untuk terus Maju dan Mencoba
7. Ketika Kondisi sudah tidak memungkinkan, Beristirahatlah
8. Jika Anda sudah pada Limit yang di atas rata-rata, Maka Bersyukur dan BerkeCukupan lah
9. Berikan diri Anda Reward setelah mencapai goal tertentu
10. Jangan berlebihan mereward diri Anda (Godaan kuliner kota BAA yang begitu menggiurkan terpaksa kami tahan dan waktu pun tidak mendukung karena di siang hari banyak tempat makan yang tutup)

Pursuing What You Dream For

Its everyone’s right to dream, and to dream what they want to have, what they want to be. But there is a need for an anchor to make that dream possible. If the anchor is just for finding luxury and getting richer, it won’t be effective much. Imagine if you have a dream to get that 500 million Rupiah’s income every month, but not to enjoy the luxury life, but to be able to help people around you, to share some of it with the charity, to give better education for your kids and their futures, to invest and save for retirement and successors, then it might be more achievable.

And I believe God will be even more glad to help by showing you the way, guiding you through the path to success.

There must be no negativity thoughts on your dream, like I can enjoy my life if I achieve this, I can spend whatever and wherever I want, I can go drinking everynight with friends, or even pay for all the entertainment.

If you have the solid and reasonable reason for your dream, then Pursue it, Fight for it. Don’t look down or back anymore.

I hope this short article will help you all who are in trouble moving on, and have been stuck at one situation for sometimes. Like me, I have been living this enough to live’s business for 2 years and has not been improving much lately. Well, I am grateful for what I have now, I am thankful for what God has given me, the family, the business, friends, and all the time I have. But I have one dream, to have a better income, to support everyone in family, to invest for my kids and retirement, and be able to help anyone in need. I must Achieve this; This Year, and not next year, and not the year after. Start from now. Because I have the reason to.

Sincerely,

Andi Wu

It Strikes Me Again

Its Sunday, and I manage to sort out some work after being absent from work for 4-5 days due to heavy headache.

Today, while watching some videos on Youtube, there are few interesting videos that makes me wonder. A Tour of Google Singapore’s Office, and a PSLE community message movie called “PSLE GO” PSLE is Primary School Leaving Examination, kind like UN Ujian Nasional in Indonesia.

You can watch the short movie here, video courtesy of Youtube:

https://youtu.be/OFRhT5dIVlM

From living in Malaysia for 8 years, then to Singapore for another 2 years, I’ve learnt better cultures and attitudes. I always cheer up, and have friends around me to support while being away from home. Anyway, Do you know why we always love Singapore made Movies? Especially the one directed by Jack Neo?

Because they are Educative and Has a True Consent in reality that we need to realise and act on.

For example Being loud on kids, shouting here and there to ask them to stop or even just to sit down peacefully won’t do any good. Instead they will turn wilder. Punishment? Beating? It won’t make them any good as well.

I am watching all these going on around my community, noticing them and trying to reflect on ours, whether we have done any better? Try to avoid all these or even getting our child involved in such situations.

Children went violent from watching and mimicking their surroundings. I am glad I have friends far out there in other towns who have positives way of dealing with anger, kids, and annoyances with a peace of mind and act. I have learnt to apply them, although I can’t make them right all time, but at least I must try and improve.

To a better Family, Kids and their Futures. Watch, Reflect, Learn, Act upon it and forgone all those harsh words and world. Lets live in peace and Happiness amongst every living beings.

Living in A Small Town

Its been sometimes since I scribbles something here. Well today’s incident and what has been going on these past few weeks has made me thinking a lot.

Living in this small town since I was born in 1983, actually does me some good. Only when I was already a grown up, living overseas for over 10 years, learning different culture and living, I started to hate the way of living here a lot.

Eversince I came back from overseas, I curse a lot, I get mad easily, I get stressed most of the time. Periodically I try to adjust, but certain times things are still the same.

Living in a small town is good as in lower living expenses, lesser entertainment and shopping thus you will spend more time with family. Facilities were not complete though.

Last two week, I attendend 5th Anniversary of KOMISI which I have been following since the beginning. I met a lot of people, I get to know great people, and friends. Being me the Introvert, I can’t seems to get a long easily with everyone, just a small group of people. Although I get to know every new faces from every event. My experiences with group of friends from Palembang this year were great. I feel welcomed and even had the greatest laugh moment till tears flowing out of my eyes. Yeah, that kind of laugh is what we all missed a lot. Thank you friends.

I still have plenty of friends out there, although we were all separated by islands, towns, countries, but I do miss you all sometimes.

After coming back from Bali, I fell ill the next week. I can’t sleep well since I came back. There are plenty of thoughts in my head. Maybe I had too many dreams and missions pending.

Also Perhaps for not controlling my water intake and the food I consumed. I got heavy headache and common cold. After four days still not much improvement, I went and get another med, and Thank God today I feel much much better. I had better sleeps, lesser thoughts going on in my head.

I try to stay away from my smartphone, phonecalls, or even business matters. Full hibernation, but still my presense is needed. Without much problem, I try to take care few of them and delegate to my precious wife. Thanks to her to take care of me, the kids and business while I am away and not well.

Today I feel good, not till this evening when a customer came complaining about his dead phone which he bought last week, and asking for refund or exchange to a new one. My staffs tried their best to follow the guidelines, but being a customer who still think “Customer is King”, my staffs gave up and came up to me instead. And customer is also asking to see the boss immediately.

Being still in recovery state, I tried not to take care this matter and ask them to wait for my wife instead. But being pushy, the customer insisted. My staff has lost their patience too and called me through the phone and asked the customer to talk to me directly.

Being so pushy and claiming he is from media got me on my nerves again. I told him, do you know what age we are living on now? I have met plenty of threats of the same kind. Now do you feel your phone is important? And do you know my rights as a person? I have my rights to rest and not meeting you. If I am not in this state, I could have come and settle it up with you. Being pushy, now I am in the progress of checking with the Service Centres of what we can do to help your case. So just wait. If you can’t wait and stay wise, How are we going to show respect and serve you properly?

Seriously I can’t control much. Although I know I just have to listen to their rants, tell them I understand how it felt, I will sort it out for you, but I need sometimes.

I just can’t stand people who are pushy, wanting something so immediate, but if I tried giving it to them and in the end they are at fault, will they send my an appologies? No. That kind of customers only think one way. Even if they are at fault.

Well, I finally found two alternatives for him though from my discussions with the service center. Let this be done.

Back to the thoughts in my head these past week, what can I offer people when I meet them? What business I had that I can sell to anyone anywhere? Where do I start? Or Did I just had too many things at once? Should I just get back to IT and expand it from there?

So many thoughts, that makes my road tangled up. I have to straighten that up and made it back to Highway pretty soon. End of the year 2016 is up, and 2017 is coming soon. Chinese New Year too.

I wish all of you a good days ahead, being on a highway to success and stay at your best Health and Fitness.

Andi Wu

Change the World by Changing Yourself


Image Source: TruthInsideofYou.org

Its hard to change the people’s mind. Its hard to change the community to the way you want it to be. In order to change the world, start by Changing Yourself.

Tidak mudah untuk merubah pikiran orang-orang. Tidak mudah untuk merubah persekitaran kita sesuai yang kita impikan. Agar dapat merubah dunia, Mulai dari Merubah Diri Kita sendiri.

Andalah cermin perubahan yang Anda inginkan.

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”
Jika Anda merubah diri Anda, Anda dapat merubah dunia. Jika Anda merubah pola pikir Anda, maka Anda akan merubah sudut pandang Anda dan Perilaku Anda. Dan kemudian Dunia disekeliling Anda akan berubah. Tidak hanya karena Anda sekarang melihat Dunia dengan sudut pandang dan pola pikir baru, tetap perubahan pada diri Anda akan membuat Anda berperilaku di luar biasanya.

Bagaimana jika Anda merubah Dunia, tetapi tdak merubah diri Anda? Anda akan tetap menjadi diri Anda yang biasanya, dengan kekurangan, amarah, sisi negatif, dan hal-hal lainnya yang tidak lepas dari diri Anda.

Lepaskan ego Anda, lepaskan hal-hal negatif yang ada di benak Anda, ganti sudut pandang dan pola pikir Anda, maka dunia Anda akan berubah menjadi lebih baik.

Abaikan hal-hal yang tidak penting yang mungkin sering Anda alami, fokus pada perubahan positif dan bagaimana agar Anda dapat melihat dunia ini lebih cerah dan bahagia.

Quoted from Mahatma Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World
Reff: http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2008/05/09/gandhis-top-10-fundamentals-for-changing-the-world/

Build Upon Strengths, and Weaknesses Will Gradually Take Care of Themselves

Image source: VeryBestQuotes.com

At times, I Came to see the weaknesses in my business, in me, and also in my staffs; including everyone within my visibility. I tried and tried to overcome it and fix them, but there are no results. Some people say: Change yourself before you change others, the one need changes is you. You can’t change the world.

But then, everytime I look deeper into the problems, it gets harder and has no enlightment.

And so one day I came to think of this, Why would you bother with all the weaknesses, problems that are from the inside of the people? Think from this perspective instead: What can they deliver for you? What are their strenghts that you can derived from, take full advantage from, to reach your goal and target?

Perhaps this way, we can focus on growing up better and faster. Sometimes when thinking about growing up, I always thought of getting rid of all the bad habits, bad attitude, all the lacking of these people in order to move on. But seems it is not the way.

I will try injecting more positive attitude, more positive ideas, and focus on our strengths. Hopefully in 2015 we can excel better and improve way way further than the pasts.

Just like the quotes at top of this article: “Build Upon Strengths, and Weaknesses Will Gradually Take Care of Themselves”.

Just believe it, and Act upon it. For better 2015.