Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

yuàn míng yuè cháng yǔ nǐ xiāng bàn, zhào liàng nǐ dě jiàn kāng、 xìng fú hē fān róng zhī lù.
愿 明 月 常 与 你 相 伴, 照 亮 你 的 健 康、 幸 福 和 繁 荣 之 路。
May the glow of the moon surround you and light your way to health, happiness, and prosperity.

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Farewell, Mr. B. J. Habibie

That’s what he once told us.

Live as if you’re going to die tomorrow. Rejoice as if you’re going to live forever.

– B. J. Habibie

Now he’s not with us anymore. May his legacy inspire the generations to come.

An engineer by trade. A politician by chance. But always a lover by heart.

Farewell Mr. Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie (25 June 1936 – 11 September 2019, 83 years old)

The Grass is Greener where You Water It

Always.

That was like the cardinal rule of everything.

If you were wondering (and secretly envying) why your neighbor’s grass was greener than yours, then know this secret:

He was out there watering it every morning before you even woke up.

Wow. Such Secret.

There you go.

Remember the Iceberg of Success?

People chose what they wanted to see and not what really happened. That’s why, they judged other people’s success far more willingly than they put effort into their own success.

Don’t do that!

Genius is One Percent Inspiration

And ninety-nine percent perspiration.

I remembered reading a book titled The 100: A Ranking of The Most Influential Persons in History back when I was still a child. Written in 1978 by Michael Hart, the book was controversial at that time and it was a wonder that it was even translated into Indonesian and found its way to my grandfather’s library.

Thomas Alva Edison was undoubtedly a genius. But it wasn’t his brain that earned him the spot (35th to be exact) in the list. It was his approach to solving the problems of his time and thus providing the future a certain bright comfort, pun intended.

He once described his invention methods as involving a lot of hard work and repeated trial and error until a method was successful. Rumor had it that to finally get the first light bulb that changed the world work took 1,000 tries.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 1,000 ways that won’t work.

– Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of light bulb and apparently master of positivity

His protégé, Nicola Tesla, shared the same view. Tesla’s namesake adopter, Elon Musk went through the same trials. Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, even Colonel Sanders go through failures and rejections in large numbers. But eventually, there’s only a limited number of failures and/or rejection you could experience. Eventually, the bulb would light up or someone would say yes. That’s when it all counted.

Ever tried. Ever failed. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

– Samuel Beckett, failure expert and Nobel prize winner

Do You Really, Really Want It?

Too many people had become victims and witnesses of this simple truth. The one truth we were afraid to acknowledge. Afraid that it would tell us who we really were.

“If you really want it, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.”

Once there was a boy who loved the game probably more than anyone. But he was always told that he was too short to be anywhere on the court. So he worked out when no one else was on the court. And he worked out really hard like his life depended on it. And one day he got a shot. Literally and figuratively. And guess what we know of him today?

“By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.”

– I didn’t say it. His biography on the official NBA website did.

What’s holding you back today? What’s your excuse?

Make Your Future Self Thank You

If right now you felt too old and too underachieved, then you only had your past self to blame.

Nobody, not even God, was responsible for your condition today. Your past self chose and made who you were today.

So, be kind to your future self.

Make sure your future self is healthy, happy, blessed, balanced, and whole. Even further, make sure your future family is well taken care of. Then they could all thank you for what you did today.

Work harder and smarter. Save more and spend less. Start living healthily. Go fight for that special someone. Pursue your dreams. Educate yourself. Invest. Do whatever you need to do.

And. Stop. Making. Excuses.

Done is Better than Perfect

We strived for perfection all the time. We were taught that way, or at least we thought we were.

We wanted to create the best product, using the best materials available, with the best designs we could think of, and did all of those with the best team in the world. Ever.

And it’s all good.

Unless when it’s not.

And it caused us to wait for the best to come along.

“I haven’t started my cooking lesson because I’m still looking for the best knife and spatula.”

Probably You Reading This

Ever heard of something similar to that? You got the idea. Didn’t need to use more examples.

Done is better than perfect. Go do whatever you’re about to do.