Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Young Leader For Indonesia 2012!

Young Leaders for Indonesia 2012..Here We Go!

McKinsey and Company

Dear Derip Pratomo,

Congratulations! You have been selected as a participant to join Young Leaders for Indonesia Kampus (YLIK) 2012. After carefully reviewing  the applications and through a rigorous selection process, the YLI Team is proud to announce The Top 60 Students to join the YLI Kampus program in 2012. And you are one of them! Once again, congratulations on your success! 

Well guys, here is the news! I was named as one from 60 Young Leaders for Indonesia 2012 by McKinsey and Company  which is a well-known global management consulting firm, the trusted advisor to the world's leading businesses, governments, and institutions. The Young Leaders for Indonesia (YLI) itself was officially launched in 2008 by McKinsey and Company for 60 Indonesia’s top university students. As its title, this program aims to support the development of the next Indonesia's future leaders. Thousand students have applied for this program and I am so grateful for being part of 60 selected students.

Are you excited to hear the the Top 60 selected participants from thousand students to join the YLI 2012 Program? Let us meet them then.... (Arranged by Alphabet)

1 Achmad Choiruddin (Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November)
2 Achmad Solikhin (Institut Pertanian Bogor)
3 Aditya D. Satyadi (Universitas Pelita Harapan)
4 Affabile Rifawan (Universitas Padjadjaran)
5 Ahmad Gusra (Universitas Syiah Kuala)
6 Ahmad Syah Putra Utama (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
7 Akhir Syabani (Universitas Indonesia)
8 Alanda Kariza (Binus Intl')
9 Alfin Setiadi (Universitas Mulawarman)
10 Alfira Fitrananda (Universitas Indonesia)
11 Alifi Adia Pranatha (Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November)
12 Andhyta Firselly Utami (Universitas Indonesia)
13 Annisia Dwi Baehaki (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
14 Archie Anugrah (Institut Teknologi Bandung)
15 Biondi Sanda Sima (Universitas Hassanudin)
16 Budi Andana Marahimin (Universitas Sumatera Utara)
17 Caesar Lagaliggo Givani (Universitas Airlangga)
18 Demita Ginna Brigitte Mogontha (Universitas Sam Ratulangi)
19 Derip Pratomo (Institut Teknologi Bandung)
20 Diandra Andreansa (Universitas Indonesia)
21 Dina Novita Sari (Universitas Indonesia)
22 Dionisius Aldo Soedyatmiko (Prasetiya Mulya Business School)
23 Dulfinch Anderson (National University of Singapore)
24 Dwi Mulyani Asra (Universitas Jambi)
25 Emil Yaditya (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
26 Faelasufa (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
27 Faradila Danasworo Putri (Institut Pertanian Bogor)
28 Gadis (Universitas Indonesia)
29 Hafidth Zulkarnaen (Nanyang Technological University)
30 Heru Darmawan (Universitas Sriwijaya)
31 I Made Subagiarta (Universitas Udayana)
32 Iki Sari Dewi (Universitas Indonesia)
33 Irvine Maretha (Paramadina)
34 Josefhine Chitra (Universitas Parayahngan)
35 Juwairiyyah (Universitas Bakrie)
36 Kenny Lischer (Universitas Indonesia)
37 Kornelia Rismarini (Institut Pertanian Bogor)
38 Makhyan Jibril Al Farabi (Universitas Brawijaya)
39 Michelle Virgiany (National University of Singapore)
40 Monica C. Yanuardani (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
41 Moyang Kasih Dewimerdeka (Universitas Sumatera Utara)
42 Muhammad Arief Akbari (Universitas Airlangga)
43 Muhammad Ghufron Mustaqim (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
44 Muhammad Hazki Hariowibowo (Institut Teknologi Bandung)
45 Muhammad Ihsan Nugraha (IT Telkom)
46 Nanda Ekaputra Panjiarga (Institut Teknologi Bandung)
47 Pascal Gideon Maximilian Sembel (Universitas Indonesia)
48 Rahadian Dewandono (Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November)
49 Ridwan Sobirin (Universitas Padjadjaran)
50 Rio Aditya Ang (Institut Pertanian Bogor)
51 Salam Mairi (Universitas Negeri Padang)
52 Septi Leliani (Universitas Sriwijaya)
53 Sitirahma Desmarleni (Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta)
54 Soni Ariawan (Universitas Mataram)
55 Susilo Wati (Universitas Brawijaya)
56 Tri Boby Candra (Institut Teknologi Bandung)
57 Tyas Nastiti (Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November)
58 Vincentius Dito Krista H (Institut Teknologi Bandung)
59 Vinsensius Reza Bayu (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
60 Yosea Kurnianto (Sampoerna School of Education)

People, I am so thrilled to have been selected in one of the most renowned and prestigious leadership program in this country. I know some of the alumni of this program, and for your information: they are indeed inspiring people. Like in my previous note note, I am really looking forward to meeting those outstanding students from all across Indonesia. Meet and greet with high-spirited Indonesian young leaders.

My intention writing this post is not to show you how great I am (Oh, come on! There are so many other smarter and more outstanding people than me, aren't there?) I just hope that after you read this simple post, you will be inspired and start thinking that : "Hey, they can do that! Me too. I can do the same thing, too! Or probably more!"

Wanna be part of us? Here are the first step (So prepare yourself now..)

  • Outstanding academic credentials (cumulative GPA should be greater than 3.30/4.00); 
  • Outstanding leadership skills as evidenced by a significant contribution to extra-curricular activities; 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; 
  • Fluency in English (for day-to-day oral and written communication), 
  • High energy and a clear passion for having impact on a national scale for Indonesia.

You can. You Will. 

You can, you will, (when you really believe)

Enjoy Every Single Step In Your Journey

Have you ever had one of those days,
where nothing at all that monumental happens,
but by the end of it,
You have no idea of who you are anymore,
or what the hell you’re doing with your life?

I think, in career terms, that’s what happened for me right now. I know, as I grown-up, there is always a new areas of experience, where I have no guidelines, handle things badly, overreact, & get it wrong. And again, I have to face it & just deal with it. You see, when you reach at some stages of age on life, you might be surprised to discover you still don’t have life quite figured out. Especially, when your best plans are not working as you liked. Then, it’s leaning to a self-doubt, future-worried, and fear. All negativity starting to flash on mind, & self-confidence slightly fade away. Because, honestly, When everything in our life is right on track, it’s easy to believe that things happen for a reason, it’s easy to have faith, and also easy to give an advice or motivate others. But when things start to go wrong, then it’s very hard to hold on to that faith. It’s hard not to wonder what reasons these things happen for. At the first place, the whole story looks so predictable. Study hard, go to college, graduate, then find a secure job, planning pension, meet a woman, and built a family. But in reality, even to get all of those predictable story arc, are not as simple as it sounds.

The real problem starts now, near around my mid-20′s, when I get thrown out into the world to do “whatever I want to” and realize that actually, the majority of the time is just been spent for surviving and helping others to survive. Kind of a bummer, especially when I spend the majority of my early 20′s of days looking forward to the freedom of being an adult to chase all my goals. This realization is enough to cripple me. I know, the career path that I’ve chosen since a year ago will make me to deal a lot with uncertainty. Back to that time, I believed I can handle the challenge, and just being happy & excited to take it step by step. But, what I didn’t know is that dealing with uncertainty itself  is very stressful, especially when I experienced with my own-head to miss the best opportunity. And, I just can’t help myself to clear some air from all these future-worried.  

Yeah, surely, now is the kind of time in my life at “the down” phase,
and, maybe this is exactly the times to behave & learn a lot as an adult..
To measure myself at least once with nothing to help me,
except my hands and my own head..
Well, for now, all I can think about, is to take “a leap of faith” route..

Friday, July 20, 2012

Financial Freedom = Happiness

It’s not your salary that makes you rich,
it’s your spending habits..
Don’t let your fantasies speed-up your reality..
Bury your financial fantasies,
work hard, spend & invest wisely..
~ Charles A. Jaffe

Most people said, money isn’t important, or money does not buy happiness. How many times have you heard this? Lots of times, I am willing to bet!!! Many will argue that money is an object that, while making life a little easier, doesn’t or can’t buy happiness. My view is slightly different, and I think I’ve had enough “education” in this regard. I mean, I do subscribe to the notion that money isn’t everything, but I also believe that it is a major, critical facet of life today. If we can take the need for money out of our life’s equation then we will be free to live life as it’s meant to be lived. But as long as it remains a means for survival, nobody can tell me money isn’t important or doesn’t create an immense amount of unhappiness and stress.

I mean, after pass the college and living in reality for few months, met a lot of people that having different socio-economic life, I realize that it’s not about “the money itself”, but the most important thing is the saving, or a sufficient continuous income. Because, our savings, believe it or not, affect the way we stand, the way we walk, and our self-confidence. What I understand, the harsh truth is that, a man without savings is always running. He must take the first job offered. He sits nervously on life’s chairs because any small emergency throws him into the hands of others. Without savings, a man is often fearful of the present and the future. Being in a constant state of fear is a horrible way to live, right?

A man with savings can walk tall. He may appraise opportunities in a relaxed way, have time for judicious estimates and intelligent decisions. He need not be rushed by life’s problems or economic necessity. Then, for sure the question is how much money do we really need? The answers to these questions depends on our lifestyle and what our material needs are. So, as the saying goes, the main goals are not the money, but to gain a financial freedom. Please note, It isn’t the same as being rich. Although people often confuse the two, they are completely separate goals.

So, how do you build it? Based on my experienced, the best way to achieve our financial goals is to have stable income, that comes from a good career, whether as employee or entrepeneur. And, our decision about what career path to take, should not be solely driven by money, however. Ideally, our career should involve work we find interesting and which we can identify with. Working just for a paycheck is to “have a job”, not a career..Well, the answer is slightly different for everyone, maybe. But it’s an answer we should be seeking. For me, it’s just simple, financial freedom mean as not needing to worry about money. In simple words, financial freedom = Happiness.. :-)

Life for better future

I’m 22 years old, and suddenly, life is not so cool anymore. There’s some part of me that cringe as I approach this age. This milestone tend to get me thinking a lot & heavy, where I have to analyze every aspect, and surely on real-based. I know, who we are today is reflection about what we’ve done in the past, and who we are in the future is based on what we’ve done & decided today, right?
As I grow older, there are a lot of good moments happened in life, and they make life worth living. But the problem is, moments pass, and lurking around the corner from those moments is a cruel, named reality. I know it may sound stupid, but I didn’t always feel so great about myself growing up. But, It’s time to let go of the fantasies, It’s time to living in reality.

Where is it going? Who I’m gonna be in 10-15 years more? Where is place that I have to settle? What should I have done differently? Am I really happy with my life? Etc, and etc.. Then I start thinking about all the things in life that I haven’t done yet too.

Maybe this doesn’t happen to everyone, but it certainly happened to me. Because honestly, I really don’t want to just living life as if I had no choices, just like ” let the chips fall where they may”. But the problem is, some “fantasy” involved. As I reach 22, I really have to “delete” the fantasy part. Truth is, it’s quite scary.