Early in my career, when I had no wealth to share, I did all I could to show my affection for my commanders and my soldiers. I worked in their behalf and rejoiced in their good fortune, and I sympathized with them when they were sad. But when I became rich, I realized that no … Continue reading Kindness.



Let my readers note that there’s no great need of long speeches at critical moments. Brevity is the soul of command. I’d used fewer than a hundred words to rescue my plans from a direct assault by my uncle. Too much talking suggests desperation on the part of the leader. Speak shortly, decisively, and to … Continue reading Brevity.

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

A short and simple book to effective thinking, with examples and how-tos. My personal favorite. ***   Who needs to read this book? University students in any years, job seekers, and basically everyone who wants to be a better thinker. What did it tell me? The geniuses of the world are not a special breed - … Continue reading The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

First Challenger’s Credo, Intelligent Naivety

I bought Eating the Big Fish book from a discounted shelf at American Book Store. This book was on my e-reader, unfortunately, my conventional senses were not stimulated by a business book on kindle. So, I started flipping pages made out of dead trees on my flight back 5 days ago. And I found this interesting … Continue reading First Challenger’s Credo, Intelligent Naivety

“Yeah, they were right”

16 things my mentors told me, and I realized those are gold after a year in Amsterdam. Plus six pieces of advice to the younger me. *** I obtained these lessons some years ago before moving to Amsterdam. After a year and a half stepping out from my routines in Jakarta, I have encountered several … Continue reading “Yeah, they were right”