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    Saturday, August 19, 2006

    Lack of mentorship! 

    1st of all, Happy 61th Bday to my dearest country faraway nunjauh di sana: Indonesia.

    Uhm.. you're kinda old now. Gotta catch up with the rest of the neighbors, no?

    Suddenly it occured to me that one of the MANY HUMONGOUS problems Indonesia facing is: *drumrolls*

    Lack of mentorship

    Everyone cries to our government to do something better, to keep feeding the people everything they need.

    But hey, like our parents, our government are limited. They have too much tasks on hand right now. Also they're in a losing war against Mother Nature.

    We must be independent & get out of the house when we are mature, don't you think?

    How to do this?
    First of all, I really believe that in order to be good at something, we need good mentors. What is mentors? a0z0ra's definition of mentors: people that you can look up to, good at what they're doing, and willing to share their knowledge to help you out. This is education at its core: passing the knowledge.

    "Education" in Indonesia right now only consist of "Research/Scientific" kind of education. It's good if you want to work as professors/mahagurus, but if you just want to survive, have food on the table, enough clothes & a decent house; why would you need to write 100-pages of paper that you won't ever remember again? It's useless!

    All you need is good behavior/people skills, sharp mind, keen eye for opportunities, & in some cases: dumb luck. The rich people in Indonesia know this.

    You can't help but praying for luck to come to you. But for the other 3, they can be learned. You can (1) read books, (2) just do a lot of trial-and-error until you get it right, or (3) learn from people (fastest way!).

    You learn a lot by reading books. Remember, all books are written by people. Books are windows to their experiences with life. When you read books by Kiyosaki, it's almost the same as sitting face to face & listen to him. You heard that this guy claims to be successful, and he's wiling to share his secret with you. The drawback is that there's no human contact between you & Kiyosaki. Unless your imagination is great, you will forget things you read very easily. Senses need to be fed in order for it to register to your brain.

    Trial-and-error is a great way of learning too. A lot of risks will help you remember the pain & make you take things more seriously. Because you deal with it firsthand, you really do it wholeheartly. Drawbacks? So obvious: it's painful, waste a lot of time, and cost-expensive.

    The third way: learning from people aka mentorship. I think this is very important. I observe people that born in the right family (wealthy & healthy) got all their life lessons from their parents: so most of them continue to be wealthy & healthy. Their parents told them on how to behave, lead healthy lifestyles, & manage their financial. How if you're not priviledge enough to be member of "the lucky sperms club" (quoted from Warren Buffet)? Well, I'm not really an expert on this, I'm still learning how to get it right. a0z0ra's theory is to develop a sense of self - what do you want to be, and then start looking for people that you admire. Build friendships with them. Learn how they interact, handle things, and make decisions. Drawbacks? Only if you're socially awkward, you will have to handle a lot of pressure learning how to interact with people.

    In US, mentorships in business are very popular. You can find so many programs that offer free consultation from those who already been there. What's in it for them? Good feeling of helping someone. Also sometimes the elder will provide monetary help in exchange of percentage in the company. Problem is, in Indonesia, because of the awkward political & social situation there's a huge gap between those good-for-mentors & those wannabes. The good-for-mentors only want to deal with close acquintances (family & close friends). The wannabes don't know where to ask help.

    An ideal situation may be:
    1) A succesful man/woman (doesn't have to be limited in business term) will be mentoring 2-3 people outside their comfort-zone (aka family).
    2) These people will start to make it on their own for a couple of years. Mentoring will still be provided.
    3) After these people are also successful, they have to start mentoring 2-3 strangers also.

    My unprofessional 2-cents, as always.

    Let's study to stand up and start crawling. Perhaps one day we would be able to run, and if God's willing, we could start helping our government !

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