Becoming The Subject of Our Own History

Fighting The Ignorance — Challenging The Status Quo

Through history, we witness a diverse historical moments that pushing human life into a better way. The event where someone show up for what he believe, speak up and gathering compassion to fight the injustice that happen around him and his community will always become history. That kind of people, people who can’t stay still witnessing inequality, they become the voice of the voiceless. The warrior.

If Malcolm X did not speak up and stand up about the equal right of black people to defend them selves and gaining the same opportunity of education and other opportunity, maybe we can’t see the diversity of intellectual product or arts from black community. But it didn’t happen easily

A warrior shows up for what they believe, stand-up and being bold to fight the ignorance, they challenge the status quo. We can take a lot of example from previous courageous man who won’t let the society letting one community become better-off while the other becoming worsen-off. But through history as well, we know people like that were dealing with anguish and despair because it’s hard to challenge the status-quo, especially when the revolution will challenge people who has power (The Price Maker, The Monopolist)

So it is easier to let the injustice and the inequality as it is, as long as it doesn’t affected our life or our family’s life. It easier to become passive and being greedy for our self and community. Well, if it happen then I think it is fair enough to say that we’re not really different with a previous man before us that apparently has lot of difficulties to challenge the status-quo then it makes us less powerful, more ignorant than them.

When now, we are living a moment of life where we’re just one-click away to take action, yet we’re still doing the thing that only benefiting us or sometimes has no benefit at all. Just for fun.

Is it what we are? Someone who seek only for fun at the end of the day? Receiving money at the end of the month to spent it into more fun?

Having fun is good, earning money at the end of the month is good. But only and only if we’re not stay still when we look someone does not have the same opportunity just because they’re less unfortunate than us. By only realizing that concept, we can start putting meanings to our action to be more ethical in what we do to put value in our work.

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Declutter Yourself

stock-photo-computer-screen-concept-de-clutter-your-life-588372962I know that it’s becoming sort of a habit of people to set a goal in a new year, new month as a sign of new hope or to make a change in their life.Change. The manifesto that people still looking for and try to earn it.

I do not remember when do exactly it happened, but I don’t do new year resolution anymore. Sound’s depressed, but as I gain more resources and information I found another tools to strike to live a fully life on a consistent basis. I am dropping a “wishy washy” thing about “Ouw.. I wish..“, instead I am doing this decluttering method.

Decluttering is sort of a way or tools to re-organize the situation, decluttering your closset, your own kitchen. It means removing unnecessary items from our belongings then keep what necessary or even add new crucial items. What make it different to the wishy washy method is the Action Oriented path. This tools of development I said are healthier and actionable than making a “wish” that put us in pasive position to make a change. It put us in a driving position.

I exercise the decluttering method by the old school way, And here’s what I do while”sitting down in quite room”, myself :

  1. List Everything. Write down everything that I really want to accomplish that really Pop-Up in my head (without overthink)

  2. Stop And See. I stop after I start to write the same thing over the different term, like : Having a regular writing schedule with Write consistently everyday. When my celular brain start doing this, I knew that it means what I really want to be out from my gut is Out Already then I stop.

  3. Cut It Down. After see all the list that I made, I started scratching the things that I don’t really to fight this time. For example: I made a list to sign up for a Jazz Dancing Class, after asking it again to myself I know that I don’t really want to use all my capacity and sacrificing my time to commit to it then I’ll pass. *It’s an opportunity cost law in Economics.

The last step, I said is a little bit tricky because, yourself start to reject the idea to throw things away. But if you really determined to stand up to create change, commiting to less number of list is more make sense and actionable than bigh chunks of “To Do List”.

Another thing that is really make your decluttering turn into real change is to do the action of everything that has been out and be commited to it. Sometimes, put extra effort or pay some cash is work. I am talking to not afraid to loss your money to make an investment to yourself, like sign up to a workshop to experience the knowledge that you want earn. Or maybe, in my case rent a small studio appartment to just finish your writing.

People are always seeking to a fully, live, meaningful life. Make a decluttering can help us to draw a map to make us to tap into the knowing to where we want to go.

Hope you find this writing useful, and if it does. Please give feedback by giving like or a comment down there.

Keep fighting for your Dream and Share your developing thought and compassion to create a developing, comppasionate thoughtful society.

-D.F.A-

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Disappointment and Setback, and How should they be seen in Digital Age?

Today, we are living in an era of “Thrive is a must”. By we, I mean the youth, mid 20’s or what people generally called “Millennial”. There are a lot of people, myself included, tend to think that we have to keep pushing our self to our maximum boundaries and reach for a Thrive. Like a sprint competition, we’re all rushed to reach the finish line and be the “The Champ” as if our life is running competition. In that imaginary running competition, we must collect our medallion and be the greedy collector to legitimate that we are a truly dedicated fighter in this running competition. And, what if we lose? Not a few people drained, chose to be out of a game, throw out their running shoes and never came back. They chose to dismiss. Gone.

Well, that kinda metaphor is something that I chose to describe our current condition of society, at least for me. In this marvelous, magnificent, digital age where every barrier then become more available and less expensive, we are given an opportunity to develop and learn. This privilege could become an elusive way of thinking, when it is being seen in a different perspective. Long time ago, where you and I can share stories in this online platform, our ancestor try and work hard to establish something or create something.

Now, when most barriers are solved and opportunity s to be a “creator”, “artist” are lay out before us, we’re still got hesitation to grab its privilege. Why? In my case, the reason is disappointment or sometimes a slowdown growth that make me think of a setback situation. As someone that who’s no longer assumed as a “Kid”, I go to the sprint/running competition as well. I aimed my reaching high and then I hustle with all the gut that I have. But sometimes, when we attempt to do something that really appealing for us. Something that we feel passionately and we know we are going to make it, we choke, we’re not make it. Seems like failure or the truth is not reaching the high point that we wanted to reach.

But fortunately, as a personal development enthusiast, I got my clarity by another personal development guru. Seth Godin, yes that wise man really give impact in my way of thinking, point of view of seeing life. I am paraphrasing what he said. He said something that relate to education and how do people sees it to current life. We’re all taught and encouraged to become a straight “A” student and we get used to it then we come out to real life where it is not an easy “A”, if it is make sense to you, It really hit my brain when I read his book.

We’re all want and capable to be a Hustler, it is right and Great. But, the longer and the more valued problem that we attempt to solve or tackle à The harder the arena would be. That is for sure. Along the way, we try to solve things and creating valuable impact, sometimes we got obstacle that we can’t solve right that moment. We’re disappointed, experience a setback. But, we need to check our birth certificate, once again, if we witness that we’re not a 4 years old kid anymore, having some really difficult issue while attempting to solve an interesting problem is not FATAL. In the perspective of entrepreneur, we can’t see things like that. We got slow down and sometimes things do not goes as we planned, we take it and learn from it and then we go back again. And that’s how it goes.

Another thing that I take from more teacher of personal development, If we can’t pull up our self from an unfortunate situation, how can we pull up our business, our organization? We need to stand up and back again, and again. To really live and create and solve thing that only can be tackled by our own, special craft.

Enjoy this short reading and keep creating your special craft.

-D.F.A-

 

What is School For? Joy of Learning Variable

I am a book junkie and story lover. I think that phrase would stick on me till the day I die. Besides a book junkie, I also someone who can’t stop learning. I am a person who vow to keep learning (investing knowledge) till I fade away. Sounds so cheesy but it just happened like that. It is hard to explain the reason why, all I know is, I just kinda love the process of myself from not knowing into get in the know and then do something that bring value for someone else. Only in that way, I feel fulfillment, complete.

Curious on someone else’s opinion about my life aspiration, I tried to be “naked” about me and my learning’s vow. The result was quite surprising, interesting to be exact. There were a lot of people, including my friends, colleague, that define education or learning process as nothing but a tool to generate another tool of exchange, called money, or it is a tool to enter some big factory called an office that is full of obedient worker.

Something more even shocking to me, that turned out it was the way most of the people think, including academic member. Without considering what really matters.

As I said on the beginning of this article, I am a perpetual learner, I don’t see learning space, or learning process as something that stiff or terrifying. I thought that is just how we roll, I guessed that everyone sees it the same way. Well, imagine my surprise when people think that their education or learning process is sort of like a tools or requirement to fulfilled expectation of society. There is no joy of learning. And that process would stop right after people step out of their foot of school.

Facing that interesting fact, I am starting to wonder how could it possibly to be happened. My next finding bring me into some old answer. Fear. Some friends told me that, they want to go back to school after their undergraduate program so that they can get promoted and will have more money and less afraid to compare their life among others. Well, very practical answer but I am curious about what kind of program they want to follow and the answer is another surprise. They said, “Does not matter, as long as it got recognition than people will look up to me“.

I hope that anyone who reads my writing get my point. I did not see The Drive of Challenge from the answer of my people. Every one of them are moved by other people expectation to make sure that they are aligned, without taking a moment to reflect whether it is matters for them or not. There is no time for them to figure out what really matters for them, they are just don’t account this variable. But, I guessed that is not how should people think or act on this digital era.

There are a lot of transforming education nowadays that will serve our curiosity, sharpen up our creativity and then lead us into becoming a fulfilled human being that will serve more. I can have some back up from a lot of “Rock Star” nowadays like Seth Godin, Marie Forleo that speak upon new method of education or learning process and how we should not be afraid of being judged and not living our life based on other people’s expectation.

I said, that  we, human being will always seek for a meaningful life. And yes, education can act as a tool to deliver us to reach into that point. But our learning space would become too narrow and we are closing another options to see life, if we define learning process (education) is just a something to fulfill other people expectation. And that my friend, would cost us expensively, because it is matters, valuable in our long run. As my another Guru, Gary Vee said, Nothing Valuable comes Fast.

I do believe there are a lot of people who cares about our education system, and I hope I can involve and contribute. Someday.

P.S : Enjoy my writing, and please leave your comment below to see how can I improve. And also please check out people who I mentioned above, they are really an innovation in current age.

D.F.A

Blockage and Commitment, Development and Growth

I promise myself to write no matter how. So here I am, writing expressing myself to tap into creative side in my brain. As a personal development enthusiast, I actually want to dedicate my writing for personal development and personal growth. But just like any other creative endeavor, artist, at least that what I call myself now. I am struck by blockage. But what’s the point of this digital revolution, if I still make an excuse right?

So, I decided to keep my promise by showing up even though I do not have any proper content about personal development or productivity topic to be told. I got blocked, *mined constipation I said. Speaking about development, I just knew that development and growth is two different words that most people defined as the same often times but actually have different meaning and sometimes got mixed up together.

So here we are uncovering the real meaning or definition of those two famous words.

Growth, Something that has an increasing value that can be counted, for example : profit, height, GDP.

The application of word, growth is more exact and accountable, hence it shows some number and it has to be countable. So, for calculating profit and loss  we use growth indicator. The country is having a slow growth, indicated by the decrease of its GDP

Development, Encompasses many things but it is shown by the qualitative improvement of circumstances.

The application of ,development is broader and intangible. For example, if we say that a country is passed its development stage, it covers whole aspects, including social and cultural economi. The whole dimention are involved when people talked about development, not only economic. In that way, it should experience some growth on some points. And development is about long term and bigger and deeper impact.

I take this concept in personal development like this. If we allow our self to just be open up with a greater possibility, we are going to enter a development stage of our life that might affecting some growth to some aspects. But the price of that is “expensive”, it involvoes the price of change and uncertainty to reach a greater good.

But after all, that what’s make it worth.

Thanks for reading, leave your comment below to show whether you like it or how can I improve.

P.S : I recently following this “Guru”, Gary Vaynerychuck, Check him out. He is very inspirational.

Reference : udemy blog

 

 

Saturday and How it relates to Our Productivity

For most people Saturday is the day of freedom. It is the day where people are free to hangouts with their loved-ones or just chill and relax by them selves. As part of an ordinary human being, I do “in-different” thing than many other people, I take my Sacred Saturday too, the one that might make it different is I spent it in a library or behind the desk in a cafe to write. The free day is the day to do activity that we love. It is not only important to our physical health but also mental health. I take it as an re-charged phase of our life to be back into our routine and also become more productive.

Speaking about Productivity, it leads us to dig again into economics book. In economy, productivity is defined as “How much people can output in a limited time and resources that we got”. If we take a look into that theory, really with our awareness, we can see that we have finite times and resources to create or produce something, to be productive. With productivity theory, I can dig more into an opportunity cost theory. In that theory, it is said that to be able to be productive on something we would lost an opportunity to produce or create another thing. So, it could be inferred that in order to gain something we must give up another thing. I say it as an alarm to greedy part of human being.

So, we already learnt two theory today. One it is about productivity theory and second about the opportunity cost. You might wonder why I talk about this and how it relates to Saturday. I am saying the correlation between those twos things are very close. I hope you you read my article from the top, that I talk about ordinary people. By ordinary, I mean most of us need to work to get tools of exchange called currency to pay our bills and support our daily life. So when most people are committing to our job, we are losing our time and resources (by resources, I mean energy and thought) to commit to another aspect of our life.

We lost our time with our family, suppressing our dream to do something in order to show up from 9 – 5 in an office space. What I just said to you might seems provoking and immature, but stay with me. There is nothing wrong with a day job and do some routine activity to bring food to your table and feed your little ones. It is a dignified thing to sacrifice something and stand up for others as an adult human being. But, BIG BUT, we don’t need to lose hope to keep feeding our soul and engage to our endeavor to still lid the flame of our dream. How ? by being committed in the day where every one agree it is a FREE day. “Ding ding ding….“, yes that day is Saturday.

To honor our endeavor (LONG TERM VISION), we don’t need to “burn the bridge” (by bridge, I mean leave our 9-5 job that play as our temporary safety net). In fact, keeping a job that we can have could be a healthy balance for us. My favorite author, Elizabeth Gilbert, said that she kept her daily job whilst she still committing into their writing, and that’s one of key factor that kept her creativity be risen up. That’s how see the correlation between Saturday and Productivity. It is a momentum for us, “The deep thinker”, “Creative artist”, “Unicorn”, you name it, to commit to our creative stage of thinking and create, produce something. It could be your book, your song, or staking up a business model. Who knows.

By honoring our creative side, it is not just fulfilling our productive concept that align with our dream. The left-over happiness after creative activity would remain for seven days ahead make us productive in our office :). It is not only beneficial for us, but also the institution we work for. By describing this very simple logic and concept, I am still wondering why there are still few people (adult ones) that see Saturday as the productivity charging day. How many people let their Saturday flew away by wandering around at the mall or committing into hibernation, or stuffed junk food to their stomach and then get back to sleep after that. End up with an easy happiness.

But, I am an optimistic person. I do believe in the good. I have faith that it is us, the smart-generous generation that grow up in this generous time in digital revolution. To shout out this idea of Productive-Saturday, hence everyone can tap into their unique idea that this world need. Like another living Hero that I love, Seth Godin, “There are no any other era that bring advantage to artist (creative) people than Now“. I am paraphrasing what he said, he taught us that, in this most free resource and cheap price we need to pay to get information, it is VERY WASTED, if we are not grabbing this opportunity.

 So, before we wrap up, I hope you do some creative things this Saturday. whether it is end up messy or not. I hope you learnt some foreign language or learnt new knowledge that you’ve been dreaming of or walk with your Dad/parents in a country side. I hope it is fulfilling your soul.

Because Now, Our current is-ness time is very precious. Since we can’t create time so, I wish we can be wiser in spending it.

PS. : Also wish you enjoy my writing, and please leave a comment below if you think it’s not that good. I found many inspirations to write from this one and only Marie Forleo, please check her out : https://www.youtube.com/user/marieforleo

-D.F.A-  

Rock Bottom and Drive of Challenge

I am sure that every now and then or at least once, a situation called “Rock Bottom” happen to every one. By Every one, I mean, every single human being without exception. Meaning, that whether it is a situation of their life, their business or it might related to their health.There will be a time when people hit a certain point of their life that is inevitably will grind them out, crushed into “ashes”. Some of us call it a crisis situation. I prefer to call it hit a Rock Bottom.

Thankfully, We get well enough information about crisis. It was delivered often times through economic updates. It was told that when a particular country are experiencing deficit (more expense on resource than production output) by three period of time in a row, we call that country are having an economic crisis. In term of stage of life of a person, we can relate it into that theory by describing a situation that put them into the absence of “Growing” over and over again then it end up into an unfulfilled life. Life crisis.

The difference between economic crisis and human are the solver agent, the executor of problem solving. For a country, it would take experts and become policy maker area to solve. On the other hand for a Rock Bottom situation, it only take that particular person to solve it. The similarity between the two are sometimes crisis are the effect of some drive to take more action to grow. In a human nature, it is driven by The Drive of Challenge. The price that we have to pay for accepting the invitation for the drive of challenge.

So, if the drive of a challenge is an invitation. A rock bottom is an eviction from our current state of life. To BE OUT and embrace the new things. The new life to really come into our truth meaning of life. To a place that we are invited for.So for me, instead of whining and hiding into an unknown place, I think it is good to stand up and take this invitation and then go into the cave of uncertainty. For what ? To really complete our project.

As a personal development enthusiast, I always moved by the drive of challenge and a seek for a meaningful life. I am a kind of human being who will go into “My Cave”, turn on the candle and then make a vow to myself that I am going to really, truly ensure the life that I live is meaningful. Even, people call me crazy, gypsy or hopeless, I am going accept that I have ambitions and it might seems irrational. As Brandon Burchard said about “The Charged Life”, he mentioned that we are never get a charged life without the drive for challenge.

So, by that lecturer. I devote myself to be okay to hit a rock bottom. To be evicted from my current state of life and then climb another hill. Driven by the drive of challenge.

How do you think about that? I would love to know from you. What do you think about the charged life.

P.S : I also need input from you about how bad my writing does. Please leave your comment below.

Till the next writing then.

-D.F.A-