Move Forward

Book – IELTS Speaking

I think the most book that influenced me is probably “Failing Forward” by John C. Maxwell. I read it when I was 15 or years old. I was still at school, and I had just got excited about anything related Psychology. It tells the story of famous people who have different perspective and response to failure.

I learned a lot to look at failure as a lesson and stepping-stone. It affected my life because I did not enter the best class in my first-year Senior High School. And when I read the book, it motivated me to have the positive attitude and try it again. The second year, I entered the class with enough competitive and being part of top 10 students. The book helped me to move beyond my mistake that I have done to fulfill my potential and achieve my success.

Finally, the reason for this book is so influential is that it convinced me to study psychology. After reading this, I could not imagine anything better than spending a time of finding out, reflecting and learning about the past. It inspired me to have balance life between study and was doing extracurricular activities which the things that I loved and applied it to study psychology at university. And that was what I had done, all because of this book.


This is it!

How can I start it?

What should I do first?

These questions already obsessed me the last two days before this story finished. Having a blog which consist of personal stories is totally out of my mind. “If you never try, you never know!”. Suddenly, I remember this quote which encourages me to start writing. As my first story, I am interested to share a highly recommended book.

I worked at Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) company as a HR Development. My team has a ritual which we always do it before start our internal meeting. What kind of ritual? As a development team, we required for fresh idea. Any kind of project could come to our plate and as a “developer” we should ready to eat any kind of “food”. To keep it up our spirit, the first 20 minutes of our internal meeting used for personal sharing. Each of us has the five minutes to share anything (no limitation of topics to share and there are four persons in team including me).

One of interesting topic that has been discussed by my manager is a book from Leah Dieterich entitled ThxThxThx. This book reminds me to always be grateful and appreciate little things. Mostly we just spend time to complain bad things that happen and feel like we are the most pity person in the world. Well, actually we cannot expect good things always come to our life. The most important is how do we see the problem? Let our point of view stay positive and count every blessing in our life.

Unfortunately this book not for sale in Indonesia, but you can access her website on http://thxthxthx.com/. I am sure you will amaze with her creativity and positivity in describing her feeling. She puts it as Thank You Notes. I take some interesting Thank You Notes below as reference.



“Although time seems to fly, it never travels faster than one day at a time. Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest. In each waking day, you will find scores of blessings and opportunities for positive change. Do not let your TODAY be stolen by the unchangeable past or the indefinite future! Today is a new day!”

– Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Enjoy life, count your blessing, and share it to others 🙂