Time To Change, Time To Be Selfish

Time To Change, Embrave Creativity & Innovation



Desi Anwar said on her blog, “nothing ever stays the same, sooner or later we all succumb to the inexorable force of change” and at this point, I want to be one of the lucky people who can embrace the changes and use them for my benefit. But first of all, I’m going to share a beautiful, mind-opening, phrase which I happened to read this morning:

“Unlucky people miss opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. While lucky people see what is there, rather than just what they are looking for.” read more here

It blew my mind away. How often did we pay attention to job advertisements in the newspaper and ignore the latest news about new business opportunities? Perhaps it’s true what Steve Jobs said, that innovation distinguishes leaders from followers. And innovation starts when we force ourselves to be somewhat “unique” not just in our physical appearance, but in everything we think, say, and do.

I have to be honest, the effort of being unique is full of trials though. For the last couple of days, I was complaining about my twitter timeline and why everyone was making a big deal out of unimportant news. I was in desperate need for inspiration, but all I found was updates about the dancing policeman and the accidental porn-watcher politician. It made me sick, they were overproduced, and I seriously think that it’s time for us to move on.

But then I guess that’s the thing about being unique. While everyone is entitled to their own way-of-thinking and different perspectives, we don’t have to be like them.

We all have our rights to say what we want to say. Especially on Twitter where no rules are applied. That is also what making us special, because we are different from one another. If everyone think similarly, then being unique is going to be a very difficult task.

So I threw away that dancing policeman out of the picture and start searching for better stories. It brought me to Kiswanti, a 47 year-old woman from Bogor, who successfully changed the world in her own unique way. In general I can’t consider her as lucky, because she can only complete elementary school and married to a low-paid worker. While so many of us are complaining about money who is always a major obstacle in making our dreams come true, she proved us the contrary. When it comes to making changes, she definitely nailed it and have done major breakthrough to her own life as well as others.

The story gave a big question mark above my head and also served as an alarm. Here we are, college graduates, with enough resources and better luck, yet we are still often complaining about so many things. We have a car, we’re complaining about the traffic jam. We have a BlackBerry and we’re broadcasting hoax messages, complaining about the bad signal-coverage. We have internet access, and we’re using it to further complain on every single social-media account we have. We must be going mad. And we unconsciously make everyone else who’s related to us through the social-media world, crazy, uninspired, and highly annoyed.

With a long list of desperation and disappointment towards everything around us, how can we find time to be one of the lucky people that embraces creativity and be unique?

For me, the answer is to stop waiting and start doing. And by doing, I am talking about real personal changes which will give a positive effect for ourselves. It doesn’t have to be big, it doesn’t have to involve many people or contribute to the the nation’s welfare (although making it as one of your goal is acceptable), it only have to start from ourselves, and the goal is for our own sake.

We’re going to start by doing small, selfish, and focused activities. It can be anything, because different people will have different interest. But for me, I’m going to do it by keep on blogging. It’s an exercise to keep me occupied during my idle times, it’s a good way to share inspiring stories, and a simple, cheap, available way to feed my soul. It may not be big, but it keeps me satisfied and away from being distracted by the chaotic real world.

Like Socrates once said, “O my friend, why do you care so much about laying up the greatest amount of money and honor and reputation, and so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul, which you never regard or heed at all?”

Speaking of improvement, perhaps we can imitate what these amazing students are doing all of this time, to finally win 1st and 2nd place in the international robotic competition in USA. Seems to me, they have use a better way to show their respect towards this country: By giving us their achievements in the international scene. They’re just focusing on what they do best: making robots. And just like Kiswanti, they are simply following their dream and keep their mind attached to what’s interesting to them. Things that they are passionate about.

Which come down to a question for us: What is our dream? What is your passion, and what are you going to do about it?

Well, it’s a bit cliche but it is also the question that I’ve been asking myself lately. Here I am stuck in a job which is boring to me (but I need the health insurance for me and my son, and the monthly salary to pay my bills, so I tried my best to be grateful for having a job and try not to lose it), while more and more people are taking advantages of the recent situation to make their dreams come true. If there’s anyone that I should be envious to, it’s them. Their creativity, their hard work to rise to the challenges, and their “can-do” spirit is very inspiring.

So when is the best time to start making our dreams come true? Considering the fact that nothing in life is certain, according to my friend Melissa in her blog, the best response to “when” could be: Right now.

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