Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Profit, Passion, Purpose

Tony Hsieh, the visionary CEO of Zappos, in his book Delivering Happiness shares how an emphasis on corporate culture can lead to unprecedented success, based on the different lessons he has learned in business and life.  One thing I took from his book: most of us work to make profit (or financial gain) in mind at the beginning, then move to a state where we want to work on something we are passionate about, and finally reach the last state where we want to contribute to bigger community; to have a higher purpose other than for ourselves.

Tony is not an ordinary CEO. First, he was already damn rich in 1999 when he sold the company he co-founded, LinkExchange, to Microsoft for $265 million. Second, Zappos started the business in online retailer by only selling shoes at that time. You must be wondering, who's on earth would buy shoes online? The answer is the third point, Tony and his team turned Zappos from a small online retailer with no sale, into doing over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales every year, within 10 years. Until today Zappos is still listed as one of Fortune magazine's 100 best companies to work for, and was acquired by Amazon in 2009 in a deal valued at over $1.2 billion on the day of closing.

I'm still far behind what Tony has achieved in life. Right now I still work for a corporate, with mix target between gaining financial stability and working on the field that I like. I'm nowhere near Tony's courage to drop everything he had in life to focus on developing Zappos. Even currently I've been trying to set up something outside my work. But for a while I have felt that I need to do more, I need to do things to fulfill my purpose: to live life to the fullest and at the same time to provide benefits for others whenever I can.

With that in mind, I set my target in 2012 to focus on helping the IT professionals and students from my country so they can be ready to work and to compete in global market, just like what I do now. I will only do the things that I know best: sharing my knowledge and experience to my country men, with hope that they will gain some benefits from it. I can give advice on career and Cisco certification program to the students, and I can share some network design case studies and my project experiences to the professionals.

On the last week of March, after my trip to Melbourne to present at Cisco Live, I'm planning to pass by Indonesia for few days to conduct free session and workshop for students and professionals. So far I've got positive response: there are 4 universities in two cities that are willing to host the session, and there is one training institute that will provide a location in central Jakarta for me to conduct the free 6-hours workshop.

What I will do, you may consider it as a small contribution.
But I consider it just as the first step.


ipSpace said...

What about helping people from other countries with some insight ?

I was thinking if maybe you can record your session so we can see it, and upload it to youtube.

My name is Daniel and one of my dreams is to be come a CCIE(R&S, Security/Voice, Datacenter).

So any input would be nice.

I also created a blog ipspace.eu so maybe you can send me an email at admin@ipspace.eu so i request some hints.

Thank you.

Himawan Nugroho said...

Those sessions will be in my native language, so it won't be useful for others I guess.

I can offer free session on the place where I travel for project, for example in South Africa and Nigeria. In fact, I may conduct a free CCIE RS session in those places sometime next month.

ag+ rd -> sn said...

ditunggu mas di kampus tercinta..

Unknown said...

I still believe that experience in real life and in business are the best. You can learned a lot from those experiences.


Josh said...

If you have passion and purpose on things you're doing or in business, soon you'll get profit from those hard-works. In running a business you will get more profit if you have a purpose to be successful.

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