Welcoming a new century

*it should be decade (thanks to Adi)

This morning, I was flipboard-ing and stumble into a very interesting article from smashing magazine. The title was “Your ego is a bad designer“, and even though it’s about web design the author message is actually applicable into broader context. After reading it, somehow it stuck for a while inside my head.

I had a thought about this before, and to be honest, I think I still have difficulties in keeping it away.

So, you can say that this post is an update of what I thought last year.

Sometimes most of the times, because we can’t get it we vent it at someone or something at different places. I’m sure everyone has experienced this kind of situation before. I’ll use myself as case study. I have a dream to be influential person in my field. However, it never happened to me because I was too easily distracted to explore new stuff. I did managed to stay interested on some subjects, for example Japanese language or web design.

There were some ups and downs which made me wanted to drop them. However, I told myself to persevere. And I managed to revive the passion again. When you talked about web design, what crosses your mind if you want to be recognized as a good web design? To do more projects in order to build up portfolio, to have some flashy showcases.

Whatever your passion is, if you’re working full time, which mean the only time you have to pursue your passion is after office hours. However what happened to me is, I just want to relax at home after having “a battle” at work.

Later on, when someone brings the topic up at work, you will feel suddenly light up and want to join it; it’s too wasted to be left out!. *Pause! You’re doing it wrong.

That’s your ego talking! Because you want it, you can’t didn’t do it on your free time for one or more reasons or maybe just pure laziness. So when an opportunity appears, you were tempted to snatch it. Sounds familiar?

Some people said that we are easily tempted by what others have not what we have. I’d say that will not happened if we know what we want, it’s not so straight forward, but it’s doable!

  • Take a moment, think about what you really want but you haven’t doing the things and keep procrastinate about it.
  • Scribble, write or draw if it’s necessary.
  • Think realistically, to make it achievable; take a smaller step but keep making progress.
  • Journal your “journey”, when you feel down, re-read it. It’s a reminder how far your journey is.

PS: You may asked why the title is welcoming a new century. The reason is I had my 30th birthday this Monday. I’m so excited to welcome a new century of my life. Thank you to all of my friends, I was overwhelmed by all birthday wishes. Through Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, and iMessage. (How digital my life is huh?)

So I hope that I’d be a better person, year by year, building the way to my dream. That’s my mission this year.

  • Adi Sutanto

    Should be “decade”.

    • Oops.. my bad! 🙂
      (gosh, if it’s a century, I must be a highlander or maybe I’m thinking Gundam?) lol
      Thanks for spotting it out! I’ll keep the title, to show my mistake.. 
      *on defense we can take it as sarcasm haha.. 

  • Adi Sutanto

    Should be “decade”.

    • Oops.. my bad! 🙂
      (gosh, if it’s a century, I must be a highlander or maybe I’m thinking Gundam?) lol
      Thanks for spotting it out! I’ll keep the title, to show my mistake.. 
      *on defense we can take it as sarcasm haha.. 

  • Happy Belated Birthday! You are still a youngster compared to me. Do you like being a Pisces?

    I need to learn to do the scribbling, drawing thing. Often I have an idea that I want to act on but I don’t make it visual for myself. If I can get to the point where I can think realistically about, it’s a go but it doesn’t always make it that far because of no visualization.

    • Thank you Glynis 🙂
      Well.. I’m quite to be a Pisces-an. How about you?
      Yup, I’d encourage you to do it 😉 sometimes it helps to make things simpler (not as complex as what we’ve thought), works for me all the time.. 

      • I’m a Virgo. According to the charts, we’re suppose to get along well together. I guess this is true seeing that my mother is a Pisces.

  • Happy Belated Birthday! You are still a youngster compared to me. Do you like being a Pisces?

    I need to learn to do the scribbling, drawing thing. Often I have an idea that I want to act on but I don’t make it visual for myself. If I can get to the point where I can think realistically about, it’s a go but it doesn’t always make it that far because of no visualization.

    • Thank you Glynis 🙂
      Well.. I’m quite to be a Pisces-an. How about you?
      Yup, I’d encourage you to do it 😉 sometimes it helps to make things simpler (not as complex as what we’ve thought), works for me all the time.. 

      • I’m a Virgo. According to the charts, we’re suppose to get along well together. I guess this is true seeing that my mother is a Pisces.