"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference" - Robert Frost

August 21, 2014

The Entrance Towards Discovery (Life is What You Make It Chapter Eight)

We all make mistakes, right?
This chapter is all about mistakes. The mistakes we make and how to adress them all wisely.

Spmetimes we see mistakes as failures, that we will never get up again once we fall. But that's not true. Let's just see what Buffett thinks about mistakes. Hope it will open your mind up. :]

"When we make mistakes, and are facing the consequences from them, we have the chance to understand what is it that is not well-becoming, and the reasons why."

"In short, we grow by making mistakes."

"If we don't take chances, we might never find our interest; we might never find who we truly are."

"Mistakes are not inevitable, it's a part of life. Admit it if it happens; forgive ourselves for making it; and the most important: learn from it."

"No mistakes are supposed to be wasted."

"Times of difficulty force many people to do needed re-evaluation towards long-term lives until the more satisfying lives."

"Every mistake is a learning chance, direction in a complicated path that shows us we've been there; where we are now; and where we will go."

You see, his book is full of useful quotes like this, go read it!!!!!! :D

Don't Just Find Your Happiness, Live It! (Life is What You Make It Chapter Seven)

After finding our life-calling, we spend time (we buy it, says Peter Buffett), to learn the implications and challenges related to the life-calling.

The thing is, what will we do with the life-calling once we've found it? Buffett says we gotta find a way to make it productive. He reminds us to address wisely the relationship between "what we want to do" with "what we need to do".

In the 50s, everybody was doing the same thing, working on limited job options, very obedient to the company, and the employees literally had no soul.
(We all know that it's because of the damages World War I and II have done. Many people get starved and they were suffering such difficulties, physically and mentally, at that time. That's why in the 50s they chose to work in the "secure job").

But in the 60s and 70s, the Hippies Era, many young peope were obsessed with the idea of being real individualistic; of being real to themselves and choose to do what they really wanted to do. Many people worked as tamborine player, and even as a myrrh seller! They were afraid being called not having principles, that they ignored the real basic economical reality.

Years after that, because of the uncertain economical prospects, many people worked for money. Just like in the 50s, only worse. The people in this era are really greedy, they'd do anything to reach the things they want, even if it means they have to do it the wrong way.

What Buffett wants to remind us is that, we need to balance.

If we need to survive in life, then we gotta do things that make us survive.
That's why eventhough we've already found our life-calling, we still need to learn about basic things to survive, especially money skills such as how to make money, budgeting, etc etc.

After fulfilling the basic needs, we can now try to live from our life-calling. The key is to make others happy; but still make the job our job.

"Everyone gives something. And everyone is still having what they've given."

"Finding our happiness is basically a journey to find ourselves.Where is our talents? What things we really care about?What efforts that can make us feel that we are being true to ourselves, living the lives we should live?

"Living in it takes a different journey--a bigger one. Our talents, our tendencies that we've found, how do they connect to the world outside us?What does the world need from us? Where is th most important crossroad between the things we value, and the things that will be valued by the world from us?"

Buying Time (Life is What You Make It Chapter Six)

Tell me, what is luck?
Luck is usually related with easiness. But what kind of easiness do we see? Each of us sees them all differently.
Some say, money is easiness, some say network is. Most people won't say that education is an easiness, but Peter Buffett believes it is. It's not just education in formal school, it's deeper: education that deepens our understanding, and involves our empathy.

Furthermore he says, luck is like a telescope. It's a matter of how we see it. It's up to us about what to do with it.

Buffett did do something about his luck. Pursuing his own career in music thing, he decided to live alone in a small flat, using the money from his parents, and of course his own money (he admits that he asked his father to make him the budget he needed to live frugally for, if I'm not mistaken, a year). At that time, he kept practicing to make more music, and as time went by he became better and better. This is what he called "Buying Time".

Buying time doesn't always have to do with what you are doing, like what I've told you in the previous post, life-calling is not just your career, it's an interest we feel towards the right life for us; this means it's what make us feel alive when doing it (when living it, when experiencing it, it's the same).

Buying times means spending more times to do our life-calling, and if haven't found our life-calling yet, buying time means the willingness to find it, to, at least, live our life. I think so.

Hope this post inspires you, hope you find your life-calling and spend your time enjoying living it, live your best life! <3

August 16, 2014

Mystery Associated with Life-Calling (Life is What You Make It Chapter Five)

Peter Buffett is a person who had found, and since then has been living, his life-calling. In this chapter he tells us a story of how he found his life calling: playing piano.

One thing he knew for sure is that:
Acknowledging and pursuing   one life-calling is really, terribly, risky. We all know why.

Buffett also puts up questions we don't know the answers (yet):
Where does this strong life-calling come?
Is each and every one has their own life-calling?

Buffett defines life-calling as an interest we feel towards the right life for us; life that is truly ours. The process of finding it is very important, it takes all that it takes.

Have you found your life-calling?

Unexpected Gift Behind Choices (Life is What You Make It Chapter Four)

As a teenager (I still am btw, there's still the word 'teen' in my age :p), we might have already known what we want. What we want to do, what we want to be. Our parents are also responsible, or at least they care about the choices we make.

Here Buffett asks everyone of us:
What's the limit?
How far can parents interfere their children's choices?
Where is the limit between 'help' and 'control?
How far can children choose their own path?
Is there any such thing as too many choices? Too many freedom?

The Buffetts is a really liberal family. Warren Buffett and his wife encouraged their children to do the things they want to do. To follow their own hearts, whatever it takes.
To be honest, my parent is this kind of parent too.

But then, parents are still parents, right?
There's always implicit messages behind the explicit ones.
There are limits, although they are reasonable.
When we want to do the things we want faster, our parents tell us to hold on. They don't want us to be in such urge, they're afraid we might miss something beautiful along the way.
And truthfully, they are usually right. They are older than us, they know better than we do.

Let's get back to the topic again: Unexpected Gift Behind Choices.

What do you think when it comes to choices? Too little? Too much?
I think we all believe that there's not much choices for us, yes?

Buffett says that freedom needs to be managed. Whatever we do, we must control it by remembering our own private integrity and morality, and by reminding ourselves about the common ideas of appropriateness and ethics.

What do you think?

August 15, 2014

Book Review: Conrad The Factory-Made Boy by Christine Nostlinger

Hi! I guess you might get a lil' bored with serious posts here hehehe so I'll get you relaxed a lil' bit. Yes, it's a novel. It's for kids, actually.

You know, I love reading since I was little, this one was purchased around 10 years ago (wow! that long! time really flies, eh?), when I was still in the primary school hehehe. Mine is in Bahasa version. Too bad I haven't taken a picture of it so let me show you the pic from Google:

So here's the plot.

Life is What You Make It: Chapter Three: The Myth About Fair Game Field

Everybody talks about a fair game field. A fair economical situation. A fair political situation. A fair situation in everything.

We all hope so. We all hope that everything is good in this place called world.

August 8, 2014

Life is What You Make It: Chapter Two: No One Deserves Anything

We are all different.

You might come from a good family. Others might come from bad ones.

You were born from rich parents. Others were born from middle-up and middle-low ones.

You were born healthy. Others were born suffering serious sickness.

Freakonomics: Perfect Parenting Part II (Would Roshanda Still Smell as Good as Rose if She was Given Another Name?)

Every parent wants the best for their children. They would do anything to make their children happy. They want to make sure that their children will succeed later in life.

So what are their actions?

August 6, 2014

Freakonomics: What Makes Parents Become Perfect

Sometimes we wonder what makes parents become perfect. It depends on their parenting skill,though.

Levitt shows us the ECLS data, the negative and positive factors that may relate to children's development.
Look at the list:

1 Children's parents are high-educated ones
2 Kids' parents don't split up
3 Kids' parents have a high social status
4 The parents have just moved to a better environment

Hi Again

Haloooo udah lama ya aku ga nge-post disini hehehehehe.Kalian semua apa kabar nih? Anyway,walaupun agak telat,selamat lebaran ya buat semua yang merayakan :) Maaf lahirt batin juga ya hehe.

So then,I'm here to continue writing reviews of Freakonomics and Life is What You Make It. Sometimes,just sometimes, I'll post some music thingy here, because it's what I like hehehe.

Happy reading, have a happy day :)