Category Archives: work

economy 101 ;)

really a clear and simple explanation of how the economy works, 30 minutes well spent.

positive attitude in action

Healthy self-esteem and positive self-talk are the spiritual needs of happiness and life success.
It brings us joy. The necessary nutrient for joy is attitude.
Positive attitudes to me are like nourishment to the body, mind and soul. The right attitude can carry us through the worst days in daily life.
On the other hand, negative attitudes are absofuckinlutely poisonous to the body.
Any chance for happiness can be suffocated by negativism. Negative thinking patterns can actually lead to physical illness and emotional destitution.

Does that sound exaggerated? I don’t think so, because if you guys check on the internet or any literature, you will find that science now has the link. The keyword is endorphins.

As you know, you are in charge of your life. You are in control of your attitude.
It’s not your parents, your husband/wife, your boss, the breaks that create your attitude.
It’s you.
How you think and how you react is totally up to you.
Looking for bad things to happen can actually make them happen. People with negative attitudes generally expect such situations as losing friends, losing a job, bankruptcy, unpleasant working conditions and failure. Pessimists expect to feel bad and get sick, so they do.

So wake up happy, say alhamdulillah or thank god for how grateful you are.

Optimism is a learned attitude. Stay thinking positively early in the day.
And if the alarm sets my nerves jangling, i wake up to music. Sometimes i avoid listening to morning news, it’s invariably depressing.
Listen instead to an all-music radio station or my favorite playlist on the ipod on my way to work.

Try to make today the best day possible. That’s the joy of life.

Yasmin’s Pesan

Thanks to Iyo, gara-gara gw lihat dia beli buku ini waktu di pembukaan Kineforum di Monas gw langsung lari ke booth penjualan dan grab that book. Tinggal satu. Lucky me. Buku yang udah lama banget gw cari tapi gak tau belinya di mana hahahaa..

Tentang seorang Yasmin Ahmad.
Gw gak akan nulis di sini dia itu siapa, silahkan google saja.
Buku ini isinya koleksi dari pesan-pesan dia, yang dicollect dari banyak sources. Dari blognya dan dari ingatan orang-orang yang ada di sekelilingnya.
Yasmin has passed away, yes, tapi bukan berarti dia pergi tanpa meninggalkan pesan. She left plenty.
Beberapa tentang kehidupan dunia periklanan, tentang good work-nya, tentang team-nya, tentang klien, tentang cara dia bekerja, tentang time sheets.
Beberapa tentang kehidupan keluarganya, tentang orangtua, tentang saudara perempuannya, tentang keponakannya, tentang family value.
Beberapa tentang pemikiran liarnya, tentang hujan, tentang puisi, tentang film, tentang intuisi, tentang suicide, tentang kebahagiaan, tentang cinta.
Beberapa tentang Tuhan.

Ada yang pingin gw share di sini.

Yasmin on her secret of success:
Work hard, pray hard and be kind to your parents and do a lot of sedekah but don’t tell anyone.

Yasmin on climbing up in life:
Don’t always want to go up. Go down, like water, because eventually it’ll go up again. Just like rain, it falls from the sky, flows as a river, then merges with the sea, then goes up again as a cloud.

Yasmin on what to do before going to bed:
Seek forgiveness from God and forgive everyone who has hurt you.

Yasmin gave advice when backstabbed:
Why waste your energy on vengeance when you get so much more back with love?

Yasmin on perfection:
It is perfect to be imperfect, because perfection is made up of many imperfections put together that makes it perfect.

Yasmin on reincarnation:
Reincarnation is not that difficult to understand. After all, I was a sperm in my past life. Now I am a human.

Yasmin on writing TV commercial scripts:
Trust your feelings. Be a sharp observer of your feelings and your surroundings. Then you’ll be ok.

Yasmin on scriptwriting:
The best way to write a script is from your own life experiences.

Yasmin on relating to people:
Do not look down on those below you. And don’t fear those above you.

Yasmin on talent:
You are a star. And I’m a superstar for recognizing your star quality.

Yasmin on integrity:
I fired the client because they made a racist remark.

Yasmin on break-ups:
If he loves you, apa pun he will hang around. That monyet celaka doesn’t deserve someone so beautiful.

Yasmin on love:
Love is like oxygen, without it you can’t breathe.

Itu beberapa pesan pendeknya, masih banyak cerita panjang tentang dia yang sangat inspiratif, cerita-cerita kekonyolan dan kegilaan dia, keberanian dan kejujuran dia yang ditangkap dan diceritakan kembali oleh para sahabat dan orang-orang tercintanya. Ada speech yang dia berikan saat ada pertemuan dengan Sri Lankan business community yang keren parah, dia buka dengan sebuah pertanyaan: ‘who the hell do we think we are’. Dan the most beautiful things di buku ini adalah beberapa puisinya yang aaaaarrgh gw suka banget.

So, kalau saja Yasmin masih hidup, terus gw ketemu dia dan misalnya dia tanya: ‘how you know, Oca?’ Pastinya gw akan jawab: ‘i love you, Yasmin’.


re-post: don’t take no for an answer

You know what, Oca..
One day we had been pitching for a sizable and important account.
We were in competition with 3 other big companies.
For almost three weeks we worked on our campaign.
Then at 5 pm one Wednesday evening we were told we were not on the shortlist of 2.
The client gave reasons why.
Normally we say, well tough, on to the next one. Not this time.
I went to our chief executive and said,
‘Call the client to tell him that we have another campaign prepared. Say you’ll be in his office with it at 9 am tomorrow morning’.
We didn’t have another campaign.
But by 8 am the next morning we had a completely new concept addressing the negatives he had found in the first one.
At 9 am it was presented.
On Friday evening we heard we had won the business.
It was a good weekend.

*as told by one of the well known multinational CCO in Jakarta – 2005

David A. Smith.

Behind the scenes creation of John Mayer’s ‘Born & Raised’ and ‘Queen of California’ artwork, hand-crafted by David A. Smith. How i love this so much!

re-post: work with the best

The best people can be difficult.
They are single-minded.
They have tunnel vision.
That’s what makes them good.
They are reluctant to compromise.
They can be intimidating, especially to the young,
but if you approach them with an attitude
that you want to do something well,
they will respond positively.
Because they want to do something well too.
And if you are clear about what you want and strong about getting it,
though there may be arguments, they will respect you ( if not at the time, afterwards –
i didn’t say it was going to be easy ).
The chances of you coming away with a superior job is not guaranteed,
but it’s greater than if you had work with Mr/Mrs Average Nice Guy.