Simple Words, Please!

“A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.” For all I know about writing, it is a mean to an end. A mean to convey a message, that contains things; be it idea; criticism toward something, or anything else – in a process called communication. The message is put on writing,…

Ramadhan in Amsterdam

During first day of Ramadhan this year, a friend from Amsterdam came to visit. He was telling me of the courage of his 11-years old son to endure full fasting for the first time. He compared the long 19-hours from fajr until sunset in his home town with the 13-hours I have here in Jakarta. I told him casually to get his family…

How to Start A Successful Business

Business is about dealing with the future. And the only thing we know about the future is that we don’t know anything about it and that it would be different, as Peter F. Drucker have said. The future is uncertain. Had the future be certain, than there is no need for entrepreneurs and thus businesses. When…

The Custodian

The teaching of Al-Islam is complete. All things that shall take us close to Heaven and shall take as far from Hell, are there. One of them is Leadership. Along with leadership comes responsibility. Leaders are basically Custodians, Care-Takers.

Rawon – Exotically Testing your Destiny

One of my favourite traditional East Java dish: Rawon. On the picture above, it’s in the left most bowl with the dark coloured soup. Rawon is actually a beef stew soaked in a dark golden soup of keluwek or Pangium edule fruit extract. This dish is best served hot with rice, chilli sauce, kerupuk, fried tempe or tempeh, some salted boiled duck…

Business is …

“From the outside, business can look like ‘a seemingly mindless game of chance at which any donkey could win provided he be ruthless.’ But that is of course how any human activity looks to the outsider unless it can be shown to be purposeful, organized, systematic; that is unless it can be presented as the…

Addiction to Money – How to deal with it

There is a more lethal intoxicant compared to the known ones in the market today – it’s called money. The bad news is, living without it is beyond any practical dreams. But it has a very strong addictive nature – and most of the time lethally addictive. Here’s a tip-in-progress on how to escape the trap of money addiction.