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On Being Strong

“The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger.” – Hadith Sahih Al-Bukhari References: Al-Bukhari Book of Good Manners #135 Al-Bukhari 6114 Sahih al-Bukhari Vol. 8, Book 73, Hadith 135

“Wherever you work, you need to find the thing that will make you proud…”

“Ketika saya memulai GE di Indonesia tahun 2010, I started with very basic question. Sebelumnya kita adalah, you know, good employee. Good employee means that we meet the numbers, we follow the instructions, and then… done. Ke kantor, pagi untuk mencapai target, apa yang harus diselesaikan hari ini, selesaikan kemudian pulang, kemudian tidur dengan nyenyak. One element is not there: kebanggaan. Sebelum tahun 2010 saya nggak punya, nggak tahu apa yang harus saya ceritakan di rumah dalam konteks kebanggaan tentang apa yang saya kerjakan. Well, saya mungkin bangga mencapai target, dapat bonus, dapat award and so on. My family is not interested on that. Well, they’re probably interested sebentar, “Wah gue dapet award nih!”, “Berapa award lo?” Begitu selesai awardnya dapat angkanya, “Wah dikit nih.” Udah lain lagi ceritanya. Atau kalau misalnya pun banyak, “Wah, kita kesini yuk!” Udah, selesai kan? That’s NOT something, you know, that I can tell a lot, my wife can tell a lot, my family can tell a lot. I don’t have it. So interestingly visi kita waktu itu tidak …

“Oh no dear, you’ve fallen in love with her, you idiot.”

‘Ugh, that was horrible. I kicked a lot of furniture and swore constantly and played a lot of aggressive contact sports afterwards. I went to see my sister and in the middle of a tirade of abuse about your moral degeneracy, I said: It’s so messed-up she’s with him. She should be with me. There it was. I didn’t even know I was going to say it.’ ‘Haha! What did she say?’ ‘She said, oh no dear, you’ve fallen in love with her, you idiot. I said, no, no, no, absolutely not. I’m simply experiencing level of irrational emotion that makes me want to roll a rock over the door like a Flintstone and imprison her, until she realises she must choose me. I won’t be a cruel jailer, she will get fed and can take supervised baths. My sister said, yeah, that’s love. You?’ Taken from Mhairi McFarlene’s ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’.