The world where people are sharing

Dec 31, 2007 by

20071231_hourglass.jpgSome reflection and my personal story on this year, a review of 2007 for me!

This year, the theme of my life is CHANGES! it’s the year where I go through so many changes in my life, I switched jobs two times in this year, learned many things about sales and being smart in the middle of office politics from a very good supervisor. Some other changes, I moved to a new church this year, I’ve tried to do network marketing this year, starting habit of exercise regularly and now doing some serious blogging.

I have actually started blogging one year ago, in 2006, out of depression in my Friendster blog, I just posted a post there and then stopped, uncomfortable with sharing my feeling over to the blogosphere. And then this year I’m tickled to start blogging again after some friends started a blog over at Teoblogi (in Indonesian language) and Falnix13 (in both Indonesian and English). These blogs and their authors inspired me not to blog about my own purpose-less story, but much more on what I really learned from the books, from great leaders, from great friends, from church and the Bible, that how the Reason-2-Smile is born on September 2007. Reason-2-Smile name is taken from the following quote…

When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.


After being into the blogosphere, I tried to make a habit of posting a blog everyday on the month of October 2007, successful even though it was tough, even more when part of them is my 10 days holiday back in Indonesia where the internet is really slow, and I can’t really enjoy surfing the net over there. On November, I’m taking another step of faith again, buying a domain which is this domain,, and joining the Yaro Starak’s Blog Mastermind program to be serious in this blogosphere.

Why Blogging?

After getting into the blogosphere, I realized that it’s something that I’m trying to pursue in my previous and current leadership responsibilities I have ever taken, it’s just that at that point of time I don’t know much or I don’t have enough confidence to get into this world of blogging, the world where people non-hesitantly sharing their knowledge.

Much of my experience in writing, media and leadership comes from my church ministry, the theme seems to be reiterated over and over again. Started with helping out writing one or two articles in my church back then in Indonesia when I was high school, I found the enjoyment of writing.

The year 2003 at my university in Singapore, it’s the very first leadership experience I’ve ever taken, for a year I have to lead a publication and media ministry as part of the Indonesian student Christian fellowship , in charge of their newsletter and website. This is the point of my life where I started realizing the dream of people sharing their thoughts and opinions. I don’t want the students just receiving the sermon messages without any further thoughts, I want some sort of discussion, and that’s how I’m going around with a photographer (another committee member with standard camera) to question them or ask their thoughts and put it into the newsletter.

On the year 2005, again, by the grace of God, I’m initiating an Indonesian newsletter for my church back then. Again coming from the dream where people sharing their knowledge, where I even put ‘spy’ in all the Indonesian small group that we have, to ‘detect’ any interesting knowledge or interest that their friends have, to ask them to share, to be published in the newsletter.

And the coming year 2008, I’ll be coordinating a small library, it’s a small team, and it’s my first leadership responsibility not for Indonesian community. But more than that I’d like to increase the awareness of the importance of reading to the people, and possibly growing it into something like a book reading club where people sharing what they have read to one another. Hope that through this experience, I’ll be able to share more thoughts on personal development and leadership in this blog.

One fact I see is that it’s sometimes so difficult to ask the people sharing their opinion, no time or too busy are the excuses that often heard. Yet, when I see here in blogosphere, people are sharing their knowledge just like that, spending so much time to share valuable experience and information to the readers, and no wonder they deserved the income from their blog.

It’s the world where I passionate about for so long, where people with different expertise sharing to one another their experience and knowledge.

Reason-4-Smile hall of bloggers

In this opportunity, the last day of the year, while my blog is still small, would like to thank some bloggers that have touched this blog and me personally.

Thanks to…

…for the mentoring, help and support, information on blogging, encouragement, feedback, inspiration, also for linking back to my blog and articles.

And thank you so much also for blogger that has ever commented in this blog…

Thanks for the comments, reviews, and contributions you have made, your comments inspired me to blog better.

I hope I don’t miss anyone.

And many other bloggers that has supported my blog from STC, through stumbling and review in StumbleUpon. Thank you so much!

A quote to share

Here is a quote, I know this quote from my friend, and I’m not very sure where he gets it from, so at the moment I’ll just put his name…

To teach is to learn twice

Kong Sien Diin

20071231_happy2008.jpgReally excited to see all the bloggers sharing and teaching what they have learned with blogs, and I would like to wish you a double blessing in the new year. Double knowledge as you teach! and double or more growth of your blog!

Wishing you all the best from Reason-4-Smile!

Happy New Year 2008!

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  1. Robert,

    Thanks for the acknowledgment. I am delighted to see you grow in your leadership role. From when you first started this blog to today’s post I see a world of difference in your clarity, in your responsibility, and in your sense of leadership. I look forward to following your growth and passion in 2008.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Thanks for the inclusion and the wonderful post, Robert. Glad to be of some some service in furthering your goals in life and blogging.

    Wishing you a very happy, prosperous, and interesting 2008. May all the changes be good, and may you learn twice, thrice and many times over.

  3. Robert A.

    @Sol: Sol, thank you so much for stumbling this post, that’s beyond my expectation. Thanks so much for great encouragement that you’ve given over and over.
    Great to know you in blogosphere.
    All the best for you in the new year!

    @Samir: Yes, I should thank you for the inspiration from your article about procrastination, a lot of good things on that article. Thanks for sharing and wish you greater success in the new year!


  4. Dear Robert, What a great review of your journey! Thank you for sharing your gratitude and giving a personal touch to your blog. It’s through Blog Mastermind that I’ve been introduced to so many new bloggers. I’m a beginner, too and it’s great to be a part of your great journey. I look forward to reading and watching your blog grow in 2008!

  5. Congratulations on all of your success, Robert. Here’s to an infinite number of reasons to smile in 2008!

  6. Thanks for the link love!

    Your blog is always a new adventure to read and stumble.

    Happy New Year!



  7. Bob

    Happy New Year to you, Robert. I hope that 2008 is wonderful for you.

  8. Robert A.

    Hi Cindy, Betty, Corinne, and Bob.
    Thanks for your comments and wishes! Wishing you all the best in 2008 too!

  9. Robert
    I’ve just discovered my blog emails were going into a black hole and I’ve just found your email re paypal. As its just (10 minutes) into 2008 here i thought I’d start the year with a small (newspaper rather than book!) gesture to see if your link works. Thanks for being my top commentator in 2007, look forward to hearing from you in 2008. David

  10. Good luck with your blog in 2008 Robert. And enjoy the journey with BMM. I know I have. It’s very satisfying to watch your blog develop as you implement all the teachings in the course.

  11. Robert A.

    I’ve seen the code worked in your blog, glad can help you set it up! Yup looking forward to more ideas on increasing self-confidence and self-esteem. I really like your blog! Thanks for sharing, thanks for the support on buying me a book =). Wishing you all the best in 2008!

    Thanks for the comment, there are still a whole lot of things I need to implement, BMM has given me so much things, will implement step-by-step. I believe you’re about to be graduated. Congratz! and wish you greater success in 2008!

  12. Robert, you are going to learn so much from Yaro’s Mastermind.

    I started out in June of 2007 and all progress I have made has originated from his teachings.

    Since your blog is already so good, we will eagerly watch to see what you will do with it!

    And, thanks for the Link Love here. I enjoy your articles.

  13. Robert A.

    Hi Corinne, thank you so much for the comment & encouragement!
    Really appreciate your expectation, but I can’t do by myself here. Please feel free to give me feedback, input and comments in the future.
    Keep writing as well, looking forward to learn from you and your blog!

    Thanks a bunch,

  14. Robert,

    Its been a busy 2007, and 2008 isn’t looking to be any easier! We live in good times.

    Keep Smilin’…

  15. Robert A.

    Hi Blaine, thanks n happy new year to you too!

  16. Thank you for including me in the list. I appreciate the link.

    Love & Gratitude,
    Think Simple Now. ~ Clarity & Happiness

  17. How Marvelous Again!!!!!

    Thanks for bearing your heart and sharing so much with us! I’m looking forward to 2008 and what your articles will include!

    You mentioned change! I feel it immensely!!!!

    Have a blast!!!!


  18. Robert A.

    @Tina, you’re welcome =)

    @Megan, thanks for the expectation! Also for all the comments and encouragement you’ve given so far! Glad that you enjoy the articles here!

    Cheers for the new year!

  19. Thank you so much for including me in this list. I truly appreciate it and feel so happy that my blog (The Art of Leading) has had a positive effect. Also, I feel very identified with Reason4Smile, as a fellow introvert myself. Please don’t be afraid to contact me.

  20. Robert A.

    Hi Ivan, I really thank you for link back to my post “Leadership:Habit of Asking” over at Looking forward to learn more from your blog. Thanks for being so reachable!


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