My Inspirator : Ricardo Howard

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Pembaca sudah pada kenal dengan penyiar ganteng satu ini? Pernah melihatnya di layar kaca? Pada tulisanku kali ini aku akan mengajak kalian untuk mengenal sosoknya lebih dekat.

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Kalteng boleh bangga memiliki putra daerah seperti seorang Donbernado Howard Shenken yang lebih dikenal sebagai Ricardo Howard dan akrab disapa Edo, penyiar Katambung TVRI Kalteng. Pria charming dan rendah hati kelahiran Pendahara, Kabupaten Katingan, Kalimantan Tengah, 11 Juli 30 tahun silam ini kariernya kian menanjak sejak ia menjuarai beberapa lomba yang diikutinya. Bahkan sekarang Edo sudah punya album (lagu Dayak dan pop) sendiri lho. Dengan kiprahnya itu Edo sekarang sudah merentangkan sayapnya di ranah hiburan nasional. Nama Edo kian bersinar dan lagu-lagu yang dinyanyikannya menjadi top hits di radio-radio Kalimantan Tengah. Nah, simak petikan obrolan super kepo via BBM antara aku dengannya ya… 😀

Hi Bro, boleh tahu sejak kapan kamu jadi penyiar TVRI Kalteng?
Hi juga, aku jadi penyiar TVRI Kalteng sejak 2013, sebelumnya aku udah jadi penyiar radio sejak SMP.
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Wow, kamu sudah jadi penyiar radio sejak SMP? Amazing! Ngomong-ngomong di stasiun radio mana kamu dulu bersiaran? (Aku juga dulu pernah jadi penyiar lho… #PLAK! Pembaca gak nanya)
Radio Sangalang Perdana Katingan, kemudian oneFm Sampit, dan radio SeruyanFM di Seruyan.

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Wuih, keren… keren… berarti nama kamu cukup ngetop dong ya? Eh, btw dari penyiar kok sekarang beralih profesi jadi penyanyi?
Sebenarnya enggak alih profesi kok. Kebetulan hobiku sejak kecil memang menyanyi. Tapi baru mulai berani ikutan lomba sejak kelas 1 SMA. Maklum dulu aku orangnya pemalu.

(Pemalu ya? Sama dong! #diketawain semut merah!)

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Terus pernah ikutan lomba apa aja? (Lomba balap karung pasti pernah kan?)
Aku pengalaman pertama ikut lomba pop bintang radio, Kereng Pangi Katingan 2001, 2002 ikut lomba nyanyi dangdut di kecamatan, juara 3 pop lagu daerah se-Kalteng 2010, kemudian pernah ikut audisi Indonesian Idol di Jakarta 2012, juara 3 lagu keroncong tingkat provinsi Kalteng 2014, juara 2 putra pariwisata Kabupaten Seruyan 2009, dan masih banyak lagi kejuaraan lainnya.

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(Eh serius tuh, pernah audisi Indonesian Idol juga? Triple wow buat Edo   ☆☆☆)

Ngomong-ngomong soal album, berapa jumlah album yang sudah kamu telurkan? (#Telur? Emangnya ayam?)
Aku sekarang sudah punya album bahasa Katingan dan 3 buah pop ciptaan sendiri.

(Mau dong dibikinin lagu sama Edo #www.ngarep.com)

Apa saja judul albummu mas Bro?
Single pop aku judulnya ‘Takkan Kusesali’. Album lagu Dayak pertamaku, ‘Kilau Tjilik Riwut’ bernuansa pop kental dengan piano. Lagu ke-2 NAMUEI (MERANTAU) dalam Master Album Bahasa Katingan ciptaan dan vocal aku sendiri dan pianist Zefanya Wahyudianto. Nuansa Pop dan piano tetap kental.

Bicara soal hobi, kegiatan apa yang kamu gemari? (Kamu gak suka ngupil sembarangan, kan? #hihihi… penulis iseng) 
Hobiku membaca karya sastra. Buku favoritku adalah karya Kahlil Gibran. Kadang aku juga suka baca buku tentang politik, budaya dan sosial. Aku juga hobi menulis, dan menyanyi.

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Kesibukan sehari-hari kamu selain siaran apa saja?
Aku biasa ngemsi (jadi MC) dan nyanyi di cafe, restoran, acara resepsi pernikahan, maupun di gereja.

(Nanti kalo aku nikah, kamu ngemsi dan nyanyi di acara pernikahan aku ya! 🙂  )

Ada suka-duka selama menjadi penyiar di TVRI Kalteng?
Dukanya awalnya dicemooh orang dan diremehin……gaji kecil. Sukanya, belajar improvisasi (automaticly public speaking), banyak kawan, dikenal dan lebih tau kekurangan diri…

Ada pengalaman lucu selain suka-duka menjadi penyiar?
Lucunya, kalau ketemu orang aku dikira berumur 24 tahunan, padahal sekarang umurku 30 tahun.

Kalau diminta mendeskripsikan seperti apa dirimu, menurutmu sosok seorang ‘Ricardo Howard’ itu sebenarnya seperti apa sih?
About Ricardo, aku itu : Melakukan yang terbaik pasti hasilnya terbaik…..hidup harus menjadi BERKAT bagi diri sendiri maupun bagi orang lain…..God Bless us.
Mau Belajar
Mau Berdedikasi
Mau Mengalah jika itu untuk menang
Berusaha jadi teman dan sahabat yang baik…….
“ORANG YANG MENGUASAI PEMIKIRAN AKAN MENGUASAI MASA DEPAN”…………….bertekun dalam doa, kerja keras dalam bekerja…………….

Favorite Quotes :
‘be excelent 4 the best’

Terakhir, ada pesan gak untuk pembaca blogku?
Ada dong, setiap orang dianugerahi kelebihan dan kekurangan, apapun yang menjadi kelebihanmu jadikan itu sebagai acuanmu mewujudkan impianmu………..jangan berhenti untuk belajar dan merendah hati hingga kamu secara tidak sadar bahwa kamu adalah pribadi yang banyak tahu hal tapi tetap rendah hati……

Oke deh, terima kasih banyak ya Edo atas waktu luangnya. Semoga kariermu semakin sukses dan namamu makin melejit di dunia entertainment.

Ricardo Howard
PIN BBM : 280D7EBA
Facebook : Ricardo Howard
Soundclouds : Ricardo Howard 3

Puppy lover
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So charming
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Sering disandingkan dengan wanita cantik tiap bersiaran
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Sebelum jadi penyiar TVRI
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Mengapa Edo menjadi inspirasiku :
1. Dari suka-duka yang dialaminya, Edo mengajarkan kita agar di saat kita dilecehkan, diremehkan, atau dipandang rendah oleh orang lain sudah selayaknya kita menunjukkan nilai potensi diri yang kita miliki bahwa kita tidak pantas untuk diremehkan. Ingatlah harkat, martabat, dan
derajat manusia di mata tuhan itu sama.
2. Pekerja keras. Berbagai job Edo geluti mulai dari penyiar, penyanyi, sampai menjadi MC di berbagai acara. Bukan hal yang mudah untuk membagi waktu dan mendapatkan banyak pekerjaan sekaligus. Di luar sana banyak sekali penduduk Indonesia yang tidak memiliki pekerjaan dan penghasilan, mereka berjuang namun hanya kesia-siaan yang mereka dapatkan.
3. Meskipun Edo telah berkiprah di kancah blantika musik nasional, dan namanya semakin tenar, Edo
tidak bersikap tinggi hati kepada semua orang. Ia tetap low profile dan down to earth, ramah bersahaja.
4. (Silakan diisi oleh pembaca )

No Idling : Jayesh Sachdev

JAYESH SACHDEV
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Exhilaration of Victory

Growing up in India, in a town trying hard to turn into a metropolitan city, in a middle class family, my father, an owner of a small sports shop, my mother a teacher, I had a very interesting upbringing. I was brought up with deeply rooted values and principles, encouraged by my mother to think on my own and be responsible for my actions and decisions, and on the other hand my father, more protected, old schooled, who wished for me to join his shop and sell hockey sticks to kids; and then there was me, with larger than life aspirations and ambitions. I was a dreamer. I wanted to be a designer in a country and environment which had no respect for it.

After several rejections to art school, I landed a job as a Graphic Artist at a Television Channel, facing rejection for close to a year, never having a single design approved, I continued my quest for design school until I was fnally admitted to one in Singapore at the age of 22. Financially and socially outcast, I immersed myself into my art and design often doing homework of my classmates to pay off my rents, often freeloading food off the near by Sikh Temple. I graduated with an impeccable record and moved back to India to found my own studios, Emblem.

Having been disconnected with the creative industry in India I had no in roads into the industry and clearly no work. I translated my depression into my passion for art and soon started painting, and was encouraged to exhibit my works. To my dismay, the pseudo art culture only accepted renowned artists with credible history or fne art schooling. Struggling to fnd galleries I managed to open my own space in retaliation, allowing only frst time or new artists to showcase at my gallery, soon Emblem became a national rage.
Over the next 2 years, I went on to showcase often at my own studio/ gallery and won national accolades for my works and soon began exhibit- ing world wide. Now I am a graphic designer, artist, photographer and fashion designer. I accept the challenges so that I can feel the exhilaration of victory.

No Idling : Andrew Warner

ANDREW WARNER
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Sometime in my early 20s I was standing outside a networking event at the Puck Building in New York and wrestling with my insecurities.

“Just go across the street and meet people,” I thought to myself. “Everyone in there is running an internet company like you. You have a lot in common with them. It’ll be easy to start conversations. Do it!”

But, the other side of me thought, “you don’t know anyone in there. And they all know each other. You’ll end up standing around quietly while everyone else is having fun.”
Eventually, someone might even say, “That’s Andrew? The guy who runs Bradford & Reed? I didn’t realize he was such a dork. Ha. His company almost had me fooled. I thought it was impressive. Turns out it’s another nothing operation, run by a nothing guy.”

My insecurities won that day. I didn’t go in.

Can you imagine how much of a failure I felt that day as I went home?
I started a company because I wanted to build something huge; mean- while I couldn’t do a little thing like go to a party. Any fve-year-old can go to a party, but I couldn’t.
Years later that day still stung. Badly.

My friends don’t know it, but one of the reasons I moved to LA was to give myself room to learn to break out of experiences like that. I wanted to live in a new city where I could practice meeting people every day, and not stop until I got comfortable being myself.

The frst thing I did was commit to a schedule of going out 6 nights a week, no matter what. And when I went out, my personal rule was that I had to talk to at least 5 strangers.

I screwed up a lot at frst.

I remember one time walking to a group of people at a party and saying, “How do you know Deb?”

One of them said, “We’re friends of her roommate, Steve.” And he then went back to talking to the group. He didn’t include me in the conversa- tion and I didn’t know what to do next, so I just stood there awkwardly as they all talked to each other.

I felt like a fool. But I committed to talking to more people that night and to going out the next night and the next night and the next.

Eventually I learned a few tactics that helped me get by. Like, don’t inter- rupt a group of people who are deep in conversation just to make small talk.

But there was something bigger that changed more subtly: I just learned to be more comfortable. Doing it every day, even on days I didn’t feel like it, helped me become a natural at meeting people.

A couple of years after I moved to LA, I even hosted my own networking event. The night before the party, I became almost as nervous as I was on the day I stood weakly outside the Puck Building. But when I got to the event, I eased up. All my practice made me feel more comfortable.

I was in a room full of people and I could talk to every one of them. It felt great.

I thought about that recently when I started doing video interviews with my heroes on Mixergy, my web site. The frst time Seth Godin came on, I said to myself, “You’re not a reporter. You’re an entrepreneur. You didn’t know the right questions to ask. The guy wrote about a dozen books. You didn’t read them all. You’re not prepared. You’re going to embarrass yourself and all of his fans will know you’re a dumb entrepreneur who got lucky in business.”

It’s true. I was pretty bad when I started. Very bad, actually. But I commit- ted to doing the work every day. Many people wondered why I insisted on posting a new interview every day, since it’s more than most of my audience can keep up with.

It’s because I learned that showing up every day and putting in the work can turn my life around. Haven’t you seen that in your life too?

No Idling : Mark Silver

MARK SILVER
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Don’t Look Left or Right

Today, this is due, and I have a head cold. I spent the entire morning tak- ing one of my sons to the doctor with the croup. It’s early afternoon, I’m exhausted, I’m worn thin. Do I ship or do I rest?

When the guidance isn’t clear, I don’t follow it. So I stop. I take refuge in my heart, accessing compassion and love for myself in this. What’s true here?

Our culture has two forces aiding the devil of resistance. On one side is escapist fantasy, seducing us with all kinds of ways to numb out and avoid our true work. On the other side is the workaholic treadmill, push- ing us on to produce ever-more ever-faster. By judiciously using frst one, then the other, the devil can tie us in knots, trap us in useless busy work, and exhaust us.

Rather than slugging it out with Resistance, I take some minutes to rest into my heart, to take refuge in compassion and love. I can feel the anxi- ety ebb away. I can feel the truth of my situation arise. I can taste com- passion in my heart for how I’m feeling.
In order to get the work done I don’t have a battle to fght. Yet, I do have a struggle. To the left is heedless unconsciousness, lost in the world of fantasy. To the right, busy work, overwork, exhaustion, illness, but with nothing to show for it.

I struggle every day to choose the middle way and rest into the strength and love that carries me through the work that is to be done, and that sets aside the work that doesn’t need to be done, at least not now.

Don’t look left or right. Choose love. Do the work.

No Idling : David Siteman Garland

DAVID SITEMAN GARLAND

It wasn’t exactly one of those light-bulb moments. It was a bit slower and more confusing than that.

My book, Smarter, Faster, Cheaper was selling well. I was getting booked for speaking gigs. I was interviewing amazing entrepreneurs and business experts on my Internet-based talk show. Business life should have been good, right?

But there was a problem….I just wasn’t excited about it. There was some kind of resistance. The question became…what kind of resistance was it?

Was it the type of resistance you just need to fght through? Resistance that meant it was time to give up? Or perhaps resistance that causes change?

For me, it was the latter. Why wasn’t I excited? What was the problem? I realized that I didn’t want to be perceived as a business “expert” or “ad- vice guru” or whatever the catch-word of the day is.

Instead, I wanted to continue down the path of being a broadcaster and interviewer. It is my passion and worth fghting for. I started my show The Rise To The Top in 2008 with my Bar Mitzvah money.

I realized after some introspection and many conversations, that it was time for a change in business. A resistance induced shift.

And so, I fought the resistance like hell. And released this on my website:
Watch Out Piers Morgan and Charlie Rose: The Rise To The Top Is Mov- ing Beyond Business Interviews

So, exciting news today. I’ve been keeping this under wraps for a little bit as there has been a bunch of behind-the-scenes organization.

I have this saying: You are either changing and evolving, or you aren’t re- ally living. To me, life is about reinvention.

The Rise To The Top is moving beyond business interviews and will now be focusing on a wide variety of interviews with interesting folks in a vari- ety of industries ranging from entertainment to sports (and there is a heck of a lineup on its way).

It was just that time and I couldn’t be more pumped to tell you about it. After 2.5 years of doing purely business interviews with great people, I could feel it in my bones that it was time to evolve. Time for something new.

Does this mean I’ll never again interview entrepreneurs or talk business? Not at all. My goal is to bring you interesting interviews with awesome people and that is going to continue to happen in a HUGE way.

For example you might be seeing interviews from:
-Best-selling non-business authors
-Comedians
-Musicians
-Entertainers
-Performers
-Athletes
-Artists in all types of felds
-Wresting superstars from the 80’s. …and more. MANY more.

I’m shaking a bit as I write this. Not out of nervousness, but out of antici- pation. When I started The Rise To The Top in 2008, we had maybe four viewers/listeners including Dad, Mom, Grandma and myself. Now, well over 100,000+ are tuning in on computers, mobile phones, tablets, and even TV’s (through Roku and Connected TV) which is extremely humbling and I’m excited to grow even further.

Let the new era begin! None of this would be possible without you.
-David
The lesson? Resistance might be the catalyst to change. Allow it.

No Idling : Bob Burg

BOB BURG
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Stop These Thoughts… PLEASE!

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a very strange and insidious phenomenon. Put simply, OCD is a chemical disorder which manifests itself in two ways, often combined.

Obsessions are thoughts, images, or impulses that occur over and over again and feel out of your control. These unwanted ideas are accom- panied by sickly, horrifying feelings of fear, disgust, doubt and, mainly, intense guilt.

Compulsions are a “magical” way of trying to make the obsessions go away. They are acts the person performs over and over again, often ac- cording to certain self-imposed “rules.”

Because everyone experiences the above to some degree and at some time during their lives, when trying to explain this to people – especially the intrusive thoughts aspect – most people respond by saying, “Sure, I’ve had that too.” But they haven’t. Not to the “insane degree” OCD suf- ferers have.

The long road to diagnosis and the road traveled since has been long and there have been many, many setbacks along the way.

One summer evening many years ago, leaving work during a rainstorm, I sat outside waiting for the rain to let up so that I could get to my car without getting drenched. As I sat there, I had a particularly horrible OCD thought which set off a chain of other related thoughts. I’m still not sure if the downpour of rain or outpouring of horrid, disturbing thoughts came more furiously. I – a grown man respected in the business community – just sat there bawling my eyes out, and pleading to G-d, “Stop these thoughts . . . PLEASE!”

Through medication and behavior therapy, the symptoms are now a bit softer and, for me anyway, most defnitely livable. One never actually overcomes OCD, but can learn to deal with it more effectively.

Living with OCD is a “different” sort of life. You’re never totally free from its grasp. You can’t exactly decide to simply “not participate” in its manifes- tation.

You live your life and you work around it. And you hope that your story can help others to know that there are lots of us who do understand them, and that there are places that have a wealth of information about it, such as the OC Foundation in Boston, MA (www.ocfoundation.org), which has done marvelous work in this feld for close to 25 years.

While there is nothing intrinsically good in OCD to the sufferer (in other words, one doesn’t succeed because of OCD but in spite of it), there is one aspect of it that has helped me add positively to the lives of others. Because of my experience, I have an almost extraordinary amount of empathy for others who are suffering; suffering with and/or from anything. This has allowed me to help many others in different ways and has clari- fed for me the message of The Go-Giver.

Is that worth having OCD? No, absolutely not. But, for whatever reason it is in G-d’s plans that I have this disorder, I’m glad I can at least be a conduit for helping others.

I live in gratitude at how fortunate I am to do work I love, touch lives in a positive way, and be surrounded by close family, friends and acquain- tances, both online and off.

If you have faced challenges – even horrendous ones – (and we all have), how can you use that experience to foster empathy and bring value to the lives of others?

No Idling : George Graves

GEORGE GRAVES

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Lessons Learned

Since graduating college, my focus has been entirely on fnding a full-time design job. I had other goals, but a full-time job came frst. Literally. For the better part of a year, I put life on hold while I looked for work.

I wanted to become involved with AIGA Maine, to continue my education, and to meet letterpress printers. In the pursuit of society’s norm, I tossed these goals in a bin labeled “life” and hid them under my bed.

As Creatives, our daily lives in and out of work are not easily separable. By trying to separate them, I trapped myself in a place of permanent transition without the tools to move forward. I told myself there would be time to pursue those things later, when all my ducks were sitting neatly in a row.

I let my fear of failure, my desire for stability, and my rational mind prevent any progress. Instead of fnding a balance, I put myself in a perpetual state of instability and waiting.

Then something clicked. Instead of scouring the job-postings and ap- plying to companies who had never heard of me, I introduced myself to letterpress printers, to the AIGA Maine board members, and to others I admired. Rather than attempting to connect with companies, I began connecting with people. Real, live, human beings with hearts, souls, and connections of their own. We found common ground and we found ways to help each other. The connections I made in life started presenting me with opportunities for work.

I stopped making excuses. I put aside my fears and rational theories, and I made that initial effort. I took one step in the direction I wanted to go and each further step has been easier. Because I took the tools avail- able to me and tackled the work, I received an offer for a job pursuing the work that I love the most. A job that my excuses had me believing I’d never have.