Blogger Indonesia of the Week (53): Oskar Syahbana

Sukarno known more as Bung Karno (BK), the founding father and the first President of Indonesia, once said in his biography written by Cindy Adams that 10 dynamic energetic youth are enough to accompany him to build and change Indonesia towards the better future. When I walk through Oskar Syahbana’s blog and read some of his statements, his hopes, his dreams and his enthusiasm, Sukarno’s words echoes in my ear: is the person like Oskar (Ozzie) that Bung Karno wants to accompany him?

His personal introduction speaks for itself:

My name is Oskar Syahbana and I’m just a simple person trying to make a living. That might seems a little cliche, but it’s true. I was born on March 23rd 1986 and currently studying management in University of Padjadjaran, Bandung […]

[…] In the long run, I wanted to have my very own mass media company, be it a newspaper, magazine, radio, TV, internet portal, or any other means like it. As I mentioned earlier (have I mentioned it?), I really love spreading my thoughts to other people. Probably owning my own consulting office will be a good addition :-).

In the short-run, I wanted to open my own distribution outlet (some maybe call it distro). This is not just an ordinary one, but a different one with a unique concept.

A dynamic, energetic and strong individual in a nation which is still struggling to prosper is important because it will inspire others. Every political science student knows the term social engineering:

“A concept in political science that refers to efforts to influence popular attitudes and social behavior on a large scale, whether by governments or private groups.”

A positive behaviour of an individual(s), to some extent, will change the attitude of his/her surroundings. In the blogosphere world, the word “surrounding” is certainly not only confined to our conventional neighbours. And that’s why Oskar’s optimism is important to be expressed loudly and heard in wider space to make its resonance felt everywhere at least by Indonesians.

I remember when I reviewed Jennie S Bev‘s blog and personality many Indonesian readers emailed me saying that they’re very much inspired by Jennie’s productivity in writing many books; some who have already written a few books planned to write even more and some who haven’t got energized to start making one! This is what I call as “social engineering” made by individual(s) like Oskar.

An individual with strong personality, whether it’s good or bad, has contagious effects and tend to influence the weaker ones. If you are one of the later, you need to refer to the personality like Oskar and other strong (and good) personalities for some inspiration; through their words and their actions.

Here’s his declaration of “war” that needs to be read by all pessimists:

I like competing very much. To add to that, I don’t like loosing. I always fight (or compete, whichever sentence you choose) till I reap my reward. I never backed off …

I, Oskar Syahbana, from this day on, will work harder, smarter, and faster to overcome my enemy (till this day remained secret). Not one step shall I back off, not once shall I tremble. Every drops of my sweat is just like a flow of ravine for him. Thus this declaration is made.

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