mixed essence

take the second chance to get your dream

“You want something? Go get it. Period” that was a memorable advice Christopher Gardner gave to his son in the Pursuit of Happyness movie (2006). It reminds me back of what happen ten years ago, when I had a dream to enter one of the public universities. Even now I can still remember the time that I read newspaper for one aim: searching for my name. I looked again and again, and… unfortunately…. my name wasn’t there. What did I do? I forgot. All I remember was my best friends’ names were there. Yes. They are got accepted into the well-known public universities. What made me sick was they put their name on my friend’s bedroom wall. Their name, their university, and year. I know that’s sounds a bit weird, but hey, it made me feel like I was the biggest loser. I played together, arranged a band together, studied together, did stupid things together with them, but how come they got it and I didn’t ?

But I didn’t want to sit down and cry for that failure. I remember that Thomas Alfa Edison didn’t invent the lamp in his first trial, nor did Colonel Sanders when he started KFC. There is always a second change! Therefore, what I did was trying to catch the dream that I’ve almost missed! Instead of focusing on studying in the private university (I studied there for a year), I took a ‘bimbel’ class that was dedicated for the alumni. I studied bloody hard at that time. I get all of the entertainment stuff (TV, playstation, anything) out of my room for six month. I spent day and night working on the thick-SPMB-preparation book. I worked out every questions and answers provided. I think I lost a bit of social life for a while. Even though sometimes I went out with those friends just to burn my spirit to study. I really want to get sort of the same level with them.

Finally, that exam day came. I still remember that my father drove me to the exam place himself just to support me. I did the exam pretty well. To shorten the story, I made it. Yeah, I made it! I was accepted to join the yellow jackets team! The first thing I did after I get the announcement was, gone to my friend’s bedroom wall and put my name beside theirs. I ain’t gonna tell how much my father proud of me or how confuse I was to decide whether or not leaving the private uni that I eventually like.

What I want to tell you here is that if you have a dream, just get it. Don’t give excuses why you failed it. People don’t want to hear your excuses. They don’t care about it. Stop complaining about your failure cause it won’t take you any further to your dream. If you have failed, remember, there’s always a second chance for everything. Also, as a human, we have a powerful ability to utilise the hidden energy to achieve our dream. In ‘the secret’  theory, if you think about your dream everyday, then “the universe” will bring you closer to that dream. Well, I don’t believe that. What I do believe is, it is not the universe who get you closer to the dream, but the Creator of universe instead. Anyway, the point is, don’t ever gave up your dream just because you fail it in the first place. Just try it, and again, and again, and again. Until you get that dream.

However, if you have achieve it, think about what Michelangelo said “the greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it”.

Sydney, at a very late friday nite, 2011


thanks prof

29 June, 2009

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN – Mr Andria Muharami Fitra

It gives me pleasure to write in support of Andria Muharami Fitra. My overall impression of Mr Muharami Fitra is a person who strives to do the best he can professionally, personally and in helping others within the time available to him. I have been particularly impressed with the way he has gone about undertaking the AIESEC Internship and the project we put him on to review the Student Clubs/Groups of the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering (BEE), to make recommendations on how they could work better as a group for their benefit and the benefit of BEE and recommend a structure to enable them to work better.

He has been proactive, persuasive, and creative in his presenting the case for the implementation of the recommendations he made. Mr Muharami Fitra was very hard working and a pleasure to work with on the project. He undertook the project very professionally rapidly taking ownership of the project and accepting the empowerment that we gave him – this is not an easy undertaking given the cultural background that he has. I was highly impressed at the way he managed the project, his interpersonal reaction with the people in the various student societies, the job he did and the impact it had on his own development.

He finished the project with developed confidence and developed intercultural skills. Professionally Mr Muharami Fitra is excellent to work with. I have found in my dealings with him that he exhibits leadership qualities, negotiating skills, people management abilities, strength of character and determination. He worked well in facilitating meetings of the groups assisting in getting the groups to work together and consulting widely with them. He gives of his time unselfishly and he handles people with compassion and feeling. He has a great ability to understand people and is a good listener. On a personal Mr Muharami Fitra is engaging and very easy to work with and relate to. He has an engaging outward going personality and is a person you can relax easily with. I have found him a challenging and interesting person to talk with. Mr Muharami Fitra has a strong commitment to develop himself, his career and to broaden his horizons.

I believe that Mr Muharami Fitra will be an excellent future employee and I strongly recommend him to you. He has set very high goals for himself and a position that challenges him will aid his development and aspirations. I believe that he has very high potential and in the future to play a senior role in a company, academia or in Government.

Professor David Buisson MSc, PhD (Auck), SM (MIT), FNZIC, FNZIFST

Assistant Dean (External Relations) Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering Emeritus Professor, University of Otago