The title was not to justify all your wrongdoings, my dear friends,
There must be (yes, I’m sure) something wrong with you in some cases or some situations.
But it’s not the point of this writing.
We have read so many books, heard many talk shows, seminars, motivation trainings, etc about being ‘extra’ ordinary.
They said: no need to go to ‘regular’ school, because you are too good to be on mainstream.
They said: why do you seek to be a good employee, while you can own your business and be a BOSS.
They said: take risk, don’t be too comfortable.
Here’s my comment.
What’s wrong with going to school?
What’s wrong with being a good employee?
What’s wrong with being comfortable?
Don’t get me wrong.
They have good point, which should make us motivated.
They give example of REAL people that didn’t go to school, but succeed anyway.
Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Walt Disney, Einstein, Thomas Edison, etc.
The motivators are missing the points.
The points are NOT to avoid school,
or to stop you from finding work,
or to always seek changes.
The points are:
Those ARE (or were) great people.
They had their ideas.
They had their passions.
They had dreams.
School didn’t fit them.
Being employees didn’t gratify them.
They ARE (or were) extraordinary.
Geniuses amongst the ordinary.
Diamonds in the midst of sands.
Hard-workers between the sleepers.
Imagine you are in a school.
The curriculum is programming you of how to spell A-P-P-L-E. Or to count 2×3.
While, you are eager to know: How cell phones are made, Why the Sun rises from the East, How can you bake a delicious 3-layer cakes.
But your teacher answers: “Good question Kiddo, now let’s spell C-E-L-L-P-H-O-N-E, and remember that 3 comes after 2”
It is frustrating, right?
Imagine you have great idea to improve sales to be 10 folds.
Or to reduce some costs, to be more efficient.
You have studied the feasibility,
you are 105% sure that you can make it
But your boss, your company, didn’t allow you to.
They said: “Are you out of your mind? Just do what you are paid for.”
“Don’t be crazy of doing those things you are planning to do.”
It is frustrating.
OUT of the frustrations,
These great guys found ways to satisfy their passions.
Because they were too big to stay in such small environment.
They needed to break free.
Out from school.
Breaking the rules.
Does it apply to us?
(to you, me, your kids, the neighbor, the nerd on the corner, or your evil cousins)
(awww, sweet, you want to know about me…)
I will tell you because you have been so nice reading up to this point.
I am happy that I can go to school, struggling to college, and earned my Master Degree.
I am proud to be a good employee, to get my paycheck every month.
I am thankful that I have a job.
I am blessed to have good parents.
I like where I am now.
Of course I have my complaints, as you do too.
Such as not getting paid enough or earn bigger amount of money (Really? You are not complaining? Liar…)
I hate Jakarta traffic, it ticked me off every time.
But overall, I count my blessings and they weights more than my so-called misery.
You don’t have a great idea or desire to fulfill NOW?
Live it just like it is.
It is always good to be ‘normal’.
School is good to find friends.
To respect people,
To learn types of people in life.
To know how to handle people.
To know basic education (to count, to read, to calculate, to earn logic).
Being an employee is not bad at all.
If all people want to be entrepreneurs, who will be the employees?
Besides, you can learn in organizations.
You can see the type of leadership, which is the right one, and which is not.
When you are ready to have your own business,
Then you will know how to handle people.
How to deal with the customer.
How to do cost saving.
How about being comfortable?
Nothing’s wrong also.
Enjoy the moment, but keep yourself challenged.
Don’t feel guilty to have good times.
Meanwhile, improve your skill, save your resources.
Processes need times (cliché I know, but it’s true)
You need 9-month time TO BE YOU.
Flowers need time to blossoms.
Seeds need time to break the ground and show up as trees.
WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT
You will know when.
You will be ready.
You have your lessons.
You have experiences.
Then you can be what you want.
But until that time comes,
Enjoy your work,
Enjoy your time.
Don’t compare others’ success with yours.
Wherever you are now, just be outstanding.
Be a great student.
Be a good employee.
Be a respectful leader.
Be a loving Mom / Dad.
Be the best you.
Be a unique YOU.
Let’s Sing and Dance in the Rain,