The Jakarta Post
“Success is my birth right. It does not only belong only to some people. It belongs to you, myself and anyone who thinks about it, want it and fight for it,” said a motivational speaker before more than 600 new high school students in a packed hall.
The hall was brought to life from the audience repeating key words from the speaker, motivational guru Andrie Wongso, who seemed to be successful in upping the enthusiasm from majority of students, although some of them looked bored and tired on a hot Friday afternoon.
Andrie was one of the motivational speakers invited by Catholic school Marsudi Rini High School in Matraman, East Jakarta, to lift the spirits of young students who would soon decide on what they would do in the future.
The school’s principal Sr. Vincentin told The Jakarta Post that 674 students from all grades, joined by 65 teachers, attended the motivatonal speech.
She said that the speech could provide students a clear vision about what they would do in high school and later in life.
“With the arrivals of another new school year, the speech is important to help students shape their goal in the years ahead. Add for the teachers — his speech could help them renew their spirit,” she said, adding that the speech program was designed by an alumni group.
In his speech, Andrie managed to captivate his audience by telling rags-to-riches life stories in which he talked about taking odd jobs from menial labor to becoming an amateur actor specializing in Kung Fu. He now runs a successful greeting card company and scores of food courts in Jakarta.
Andrie said that the reason he survived and achieved his goal was because he stuck to the five Ds principle.
“Remember this, 5 Ds in the journey to reach your goals, dream, decision, discipline, desire and determination. Dare to dream and stick to your dream,” said Andrie, followed by riotous applause from the audience.
The three-hour speech managed to inspire a number of students who soon decided about what they would do in life.
Ivander Oswin, an 11th grade student, told the Post that Andrie’s life story strengthened his resolve to become a professional chef.
“I love to cook because it somehow gives me peace, when at the same time I can also serve others with my food. Andrie Wongso has taught me that any dream is possible, including mine — if we are determined and faithfully struggle for it, I believe that I will be a chef one day,” he said.
Another student, Nita Octavia said that the speech motivated her to become a risk-taker.
“I have learned that it is important to have the courage to take risks. The speech inspired me to have my own business someday. I really loved the part when he repeatedly told us that success should be all about what we dream about,” said the 12th grade student.
Andrie said he had just helped the students light their way to the future.
“The seminar is just a means to help the students to become aware of their potentials. This is only a phase to prepare students to face greater things in life after the school years,” he said. (msa)