KISAH DAN CERITA YANG MEMOTIVASI - EDISI 2

Wali Kota Merampok demi Warga Miskin Lihat: http://internasional.kompas.com/read/2012/08/16/12204018/Wali.Kota.Merampok.demi Inilah Robin Hood di era modern. Seorang wali kota di Spanyol menjadi pahlawan bagi rakyat miskin karena merampok sejumlah supermarket dan membagikan hasil rampokannya kepada mereka. Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo, anggota parlemen lokal dan wali kota Marinelda, kota dengan populasi 2.645 orang di kawasan Andalusia, mengatakan, bahan makanan hasil curian itu dibagikan kepada warga yang paling menderita akibat krisis ekonomi Spanyol. Tujuh orang ditangkap karena berpartisipasi dalam dua perampokan. Ketujuhnya merupakan anggota serikat buruh. Mereka menumpuk bahan makanan di troli supermarket dan keluar begitu saja tanpa membayar. Ketika orang-orang itu beraksi, Sanchez Gordillo menunggu di luar supermarket sambil membawa pengeras suara untuk memberi semangat. Di sekelilingnya, para pendukungnya berkumpul. Kata Gordillo, bahan makanan yang sebagian besar berupa pasta dan minyak masak dibagikan kepada orang-orang miskin. "Ada orang-orang yang tidak punya cukup uang untuk makan. Di abad 21 ini, yang seperti itu (tidak mampu membeli makanan) merupakan hal yang memalukan," ujarnya. Sebagai anggota parlemen Andalusia, Gardillo memiliki kekebalan politik. Namun, ujarnya, dia tidak berkeberatan untuk melepas kekebalan itu dan ditangkap. Gordillo mengatakan, yang dilakukannya itu untuk menarik perhatian wajah manusia pada kekacauan perekonomian Spanyol, di mana tingkat kemiskinan naik lebih dari 15 persen sejak 2007. Data menunjukkan, 25 persen pekerja kini menganggur dan puluhan ribu orang terusir dari rumah masing-masing. Liputan media atas aksi perampokan supermarketnya membuat Sanchez Gordillo menjadi selebriti nasional. Saat berbicara dengan Reuters, dia didekati sejumlah orang yang menyalaminya dan berterima kasih padanya atas pendiriannya menentang pemerintah yang konservatif. Aksi Gordillo tentu saja mendapat kecaman dari pemerintah. Sebagai pejabat publik, kata seorang pejabat, Gordillo seharusnya tidak melanggar hukum. "Anda tidak bisa menjadi Robin Hood dan Sherrif Nottingham sekaligus," kata Alfonso Alonso, juru bicara Partai Rakyat (PP) yang berkuasa di parlemen nasional. "Orang ini hanya mencari publisitas dengan merugikan orang lain." Provinsi Andalusia merupakan salah satu wilayah Spanyol yang paling menderita akibat krisis ekonomi. Satu dari tiga pekerja kini tidak memiliki pekerjaan. Pada Kamis (15/8/2012), dia memulai perjalanan dari Jodar, kota dengan angka pengangguran tertinggi di Andalusia. Dia berencana berjalan melintasi wilayah itu di tengah musim panas yang menyengat. Gordillo memengaruhi pemimpin lokal lainnya untuk menolak melaksanakan program reformasi pemerintah. Dia berencana mengajak wali kota-wali kota lainnya untuk tidak membayar utang, menghentikan pemutusan hubungan kerja, dan tidak lagi mengusir warga dari rumahnya, serta mengabaikan tuntutan pemerintah pusat soal pemotongan anggaran. Pesan itu memicu amarah pemerintah Perdana Menteri Mariano Rajoy yang berusaha meyakinkan para investor dengan janji memperbaiki perekonomian yang morat-marit. Meskipun hanya menjadi pemimpin di sebuah kota kecil, Gordillo sudah lama menjadi tokoh nasional karena kekritisannya terhadap partai politik-partai politik besar. Gordillo yang sudah 30 tahun menjadi wali kota telah memperkenalkan sistem pertanian koperasi di Marinaleda dan berulang kali berusaha mengambil alih tanah pertanian. Target terbarunya adalah tanah seluas 1.200 hektar milik Kementerian Pertahanan. Ketika perekonomian Spanyol mengalami masa-masa emas, pesan Gordillo tidak mendapat respons positif. Ketika itu banyak pekerja pertanian, khususnya di Andalusia, meninggalkan ladang untuk bekerja di sektor konstruksi yang lebih menguntungkan. Namun, kini dia berhasil mendapat perhatian dari lebih banyak, ketika krisis ekonomi memaksa ribuan buruh tanpa keterampilan khusus terpaksa kembali ke ladang, sementara pemerintah pemerintah menenggelamkan miliaran euro uang pajak ke bank-bank yang lemah. "Mereka bilang saya berbahaya. Lalu bagaimana dengan para bankir yang bebas setelah melakukan penipuan? Apakah itu tidak berbahaya? Bank-bank yang meminjam dari ECB (Bank Sentral Eropa) dengan bunga 1 persen lalu menjual kembali utang itu kepada rakyat Spanyol dengan bunga 6 persen dan mereka tidak (dibilang) tidak berbahaya?" katanya. Gambar, Wali Kota Marinaleda, Spanyol, Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo (59) memimpin perampokan sejumlah supermarket dan hasilnya dibagikan pada warga miskin di kota itu. Sumber : Reuters Editor : Kistyarini
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Boy, Si Hachiko dari Malang MALANG- Kisah Hachiko, si anjing setia dari Tokyo, Jepang, telah melegenda dan menjadi simbol kesetiaan anjing terhadap majikan. Ia rela menunggu kedatangan sang majikan di depan Stasiun Shibuya, Tokyo, hingga mati. Kesetiaan Hachiko ini juga ditunjukkan oleh Boy, anjing milik Rosita (70), warga Jalan Suropati No 10, Kecamatan Klojen, Kota Malang. Ia tetap setia menunggu sang majikan di depan majikan yang sudah meninggal dan baru ditemukan empat hari kemudian. Selama empat hari, anjing milik Rosita ini setia menunggu dan diduga tidak ada yang memberi makan. Sebab, nenek berusia tujuh puluh tahun ini hidup sendiri di rumah miliknya. Hingga hari kedua setelah jenazah Rosita dievakuasi dan disemayamkan di Rumah Duka Gotong Royong, anjing ini tetap bergeming dari bawah tempat tidur sang majikan. Dengan menekuk keempat kakinya sebagai penyangga kepala, Boy nampak kelihatan berduka seolah mengetahui kalau majikannya telah tiada. Keramaian, sekira tujuh orang suruhan keluarga yang memindahkan barang-barang milik majikannya tak membuat anjing ini beranjak dari tempatnya. Boy tetap termangu di bawah tempat tidur yang biasa digunakan majikannya istirahat sehari-hari. Boy diduga tidak makan sejak sang majikan meninggal. Anjing ini kelihatan lemas dan mengalami kesedihan mendalam setelah kepergian majikan untuk selamanya. Dari mulutnya, terdengar lirih seperti suara tangis. Di malam hari, sebagian tetangga mendengar suara anjing Rosita seperti menangis. "Sudah diberi makan, tapi tetap tidak mau," kata Rudi, cucu Rosita yang sehari setelah kematian Rosita membersihkan rumah dan memindahkan perabotan rumah ke tempat para kerabat. Dari cerita Rudi, anjing milik neneknya bukan jenis anjing yang spesial, dari peranakan anjing Jawa pada umumnya. Namun sudah dipelihara oleh Rosita sejak dua tahun lalu. Setiap hari, Rosita memang ditemani anjingnya di rumahnya. Kemana Rosita pergi, anjing ini hampir selalu mengikuti. "Nenek memang ingin tinggal sendiri, tapi keluarga setiap saat mengirimnya uang untuk kebutuhan sehari-hari," ujar Rudi di sela-sela mengawasi orang-orang yang memindahkan perabotan rumah. Rudi berharap, ada komunitas pecinta anjing maupun orang yang ingin memelihara anjing milik neneknya ini. Sebab, jika dibiarkan di dalam rumah dan tetap tidak mau makan, dikhawatirkan anjing ini akan ikut mati. Padahal, kata Rudi, sewaktu tim SAR dan petugas kepolisian mengevakuasi jenazah neneknya, kerabat Rosita melarang petugas yang berencana membunuhnya untuk memudahkan evakuasi. Pasalnya, petugas kesulitan mengevakuasi karena ruang Rosita meninggal di depan pintu dijaga oleh anjingnya. "Saya juga bingung ini, kalau ada orang yang mau pelihara silahkan," ujar Rudi. Hingga kini, Boy tetap meratapi kepergian majikan dengan menahan lapar dan sesekali mengeluarkan suara tangis dari mulutnya. Jenazah Rosita sendiri menurut Rudi rencananya akan dikremasi pada Rabu lusa. Untuk sementara, kata Rudi, anjing tersebut tidak akan dipindahkan. Namun, pihak keluarga setiap hari akan berusaha membujuknya agar mau makan.
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Anjing dan nenek reinkarnasi dari arab kali bukan dari tokyo smile tapi orang arab jahat semua mana mungkin mereka percaya reinkarnasi :@) betol gak herman ?
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Ngga lama lagi dibikin film-nya dah… Catatan si Boy (Dog version). Hachiko versi Indonesia. Diangkat dari kisah nyata smile) Hayo, siapa yg minat jadi investor / produser film nasional….
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Ngga lama lagi dibikin film-nya dah… Catatan si Boy (Dog version). Hachiko versi Indonesia. Diangkat dari kisah nyata smile) Hayo, siapa yg minat jadi investor / produser film nasional…. asal produser n sutradara jgn momentum n newzealand jalan cerita pasti kacau balau bukannya cerita tentang kesetiaan si boy doi malah bertutur tentang kebudayaan arab….. smile smile smile :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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Ngga lama lagi dibikin film-nya dah… Catatan si Boy (Dog version). Hachiko versi Indonesia. Diangkat dari kisah nyata smile) Hayo, siapa yg minat jadi investor / produser film nasional…. asal produser n sutradara jgn momentum n newzealand jalan cerita pasti kacau balau bukannya cerita tentang kesetiaan si boy doi malah bertutur tentang kebudayaan arab….. smile smile smile :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: papa 69 lebih cocok sutradara arabnya itu herman dan newzealand pasti asyik, karena di imajinasi herman udah ada style2 istri arab ? smile :@)
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Chuck Feeney: The Billionaire Who Is Trying To Go Broke\r\n\r\nThis story appears in the October 8, 2012 issue of Forbes.\r\n\r\nOn a cool summer afternoon at Dublin’s Heuston Station, Chuck Feeney, 81, gingerly stepped off a train on his journey back from the University of Limerick, a 12,000-student college he willed into existence with his vision, his influence and nearly $170 million in grants, and hobbled toward the turnstiles on sore knees. No commuter even glanced twice at the short New Jersey native, one hand holding a plastic bag of newspapers, the other grasping an iron fence for support. The man who arguably has done more for Ireland than anyone since Saint Patrick slowly limped out of the station completely unnoticed. And that’s just how Feeney likes it.\r\n\r\nChuck Feeney is the James Bond of philanthropy. Over the last 30 years he’s crisscrossed the globe conducting a clandestine operation to give away a $7.5 billion fortune derived from hawking cognac, perfume and cigarettes in his empire of duty-free shops. His foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies, has funneled $6.2 billion into education, science, health care, aging and civil rights in the U.S., Australia, Vietnam, Bermuda, South Africa and Ireland. Few living people have given away more, and no one at his wealth level has ever given their fortune away so completely during their lifetime. The remaining $1.3 billion will be spent by 2016, and the foundation will be shuttered in 2020. While the business world’s titans obsess over piling up as many riches as possible, Feeney is working double time to die broke.\r\n\r\nFeeney embarked on this mission in 1984, in the middle of a decade marked by wealth creation–and conspicuous consumption–when he slyly transferred his entire 38.75% ownership stake in Duty Free Shoppers to what became the Atlantic Philanthropies. “I concluded that if you hung on to a piece of the action for yourself you’d always be worrying about that piece,” says Feeney, who estimates his current net worth at $2 million (with an “m”). “People used to ask me how I got my jollies, and I guess I’m happy when what I’m doing is helping people and unhappy when what I’m doing isn’t helping people.”\r\n\r\nWhat Feeney does is give big money to big problems–whether bringing peace to Northern Ireland, modernizing Vietnam’s health care system or seeding $350 million to turn New York‘s long-neglected Roosevelt Island into a technology hub. He’s not waiting to grant gifts after he’s gone nor to set up a legacy fund that annually tosses pennies at a $10 problem. He hunts for causes where he can have dramatic impact and goes all-in. “Chuck Feeney is a remarkable role model,” Bill Gates tells FORBES, “and the ultimate example of giving while living.”\r\n\r\nFor the first 15 years of this mission Feeney obsessively hid the type of donations that other tycoons employ publicists to plaster across newspapers. Many charities had no idea where the piles of money were coming from. Those that did were sworn to secrecy. “I had to convince the board of trustees that it was on the level, that there was nothing disreputable and this wasn’t Mafia money,” says Frank Rhodes, the former president of Cornell University who later chaired Atlantic Philanthropies. “That was difficult.” Eventually Feeney was outed ( in part due to FORBES), but his fervent desire for anonymity remained (until this year he had done about five interviews in his life). Now that his quest to give until nearly broke is coming to its conclusion, he’s opening up a bit. What emerges is one of strangest, most impactful lives of all time.\r\n\r\nFeeney prefers showing to telling. In Dublin he sends me on a three-hour tour of Trinity College to witness everything from the library gift shop he designed to his genetics complex and department of neuroscience, complete with lab rats with electrodes implanted in their heads. The next day he endures the six-hour round-trip to the University of Limerick to personally walk me through its Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, its new medical school and its new sports center (now home to Ireland’s Munster rugby team), where hundreds of young kids were playing soccer on the all-weather turf. Rather than walk me through his life story, he invites Conor O’Clery , the author of the Feeney biography , The Billionaire Who Wasn’t (PublicAffairs, 2007), to dinner in Dublin’s Peploe’s Bistro. At dinner Feeney sits quietly in a frayed navy blazer, sipping chardonnay that he dilutes with a splash of water, occasionally throwing in a point for emphasis or, more often, a witty, self-deprecating joke.\r\n\r\nThe story that emerges is this: Feeney grew up in an Irish-American neighborhood in the blue-collar town of Elizabeth, N.J., coming of age in the Great Depression. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War before attending the Cornell School of Hotel Administration on the GI Bill. After graduation in 1956 he traveled to France to take more college classes and later got involved in the business of following the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic fleet, selling tax-free booze to sailors. Competition was intense, but he got ahead by using his military experience to talk his way directly onto ships and gathering intelligence on the fleet’s next destination by chatting up local prostitutes.\r\n\r\nHe brought fellow Cornell alum Bob Miller into the business, and the pair started selling cars, perfume and jewelry to servicemen and tourists. They later added tax lawyer Tony Pilaro and accountant Alan Parker as owners to help manage the bootstrapped business more professionally. By 1964 their Duty Free Shoppers had 200 employees in 27 countries.\r\n\r\nIt was a nice little business, but soon the Japanese economic boom would transform the scrappy operation into one of the most profitable retailers in history. In 1964, the same year as the Tokyo Olympics, Japan lifted foreign travel restrictions (enacted after World War II to rebuild the economy), allowing citizens to vacation abroad. Japanese tourists, along with their massive store of pent-up savings, surged across the globe. Hawaii and Hong Kong were top destinations. Feeney, who had picked up some Japanese language and customs while in the Air Force, hired smart, pretty Japanese girls to work the stores and filled his shelves with cognac, cigarettes and leather bags that gift-crazy Japanese snatched up for co-workers and friends. Soon Feeney and company had tour guides on the payroll who herded tourists to DFS stores before they had even checked into the hotel so they couldn’t spend money anywhere else first.\r\n\r\nThe Japanese were such lucrative customers that Feeney hired analysts to predict which cities they’d flock to next. DFS shops sprung up in Anchorage, San Francisco and Guam. Another target was Saipan, a tiny tropical island just a short flight from Japan that he predicted could become a hot beach spot for Tokyo residents. There was a catch: The island lacked an airport. So in 1976 DFS invested $5 million to have one built.\r\n\r\nThe aggressive growth strategy placed DFS in the perfect position for the subsequent Japanese economic explosion. Feeney received annual dividend payouts worth $12,000 in 1967, according to O’Clery. His payout in 1977? Twelve million dollars. Over the next decade Feeney banked nearly $334 million in dividends that he plowed into hotels, retail shops, clothing companies and, later, tech startups. He remained obsessively secretive and low key, but the money was now too big to ignore.\r\n\r\nIn 1988 The Forbes 400 issue included a four-page feature that exposed the success of DFS and the vast wealth of its four owners. The story by Andrew Tanzer and Marc Beauchamp, and the subsequent attention, was so jarring to Feeney that O’Clery devoted an entire chapter of his biography to the episode. The article pulled back the curtain on how DFS operated: its Japan strategy, the 200% markups, the 20% margins and blistering annual sales of roughly $1.6 billion. FORBES estimated that Feeney’s Waikiki shop annually generated $20,000 of revenue per square foot–$38,700 in current dollars, more than seven times Apple’s current average of $5,000. “My reaction was, ? Well, there goes our cover, ‘ ” says Feeney. “ We tried to figure out if it did us any damage but concluded no, the info was in the public domain.” The piece identified Feeney as the 31st-richest person in America, worth an estimated $1.3 billion. His secret was out.\r\n\r\nBut FORBES had made two mistakes: First, the fortune was worth substantially more. And second, it no longer belonged to Feeney.\r\n\r\nOnly a close inner circle knew of the latter: that Feeney himself was worth at most a few million dollars and didn’t even own a car. Feeney’s team contemplated a secret meeting with Malcolm Forbes to see how they could set the record straight but in the end decided to let the issue go. Feeney would be listed on The Forbes 400 until 1996.\r\n\r\nAlthough he had shifted his ownership to Atlantic via a complex Bahamas-based asset swap to minimize disclosure and taxes, Feeney continued to aggressively expand DFS, traveling the globe to conquer new markets, expand margins and outmaneuver rivals. He loved making money but had no need for it once it was made. Feeney was happy with simple things. He had grown up in a humble, hardworking house and watched his parents constantly help others. In an oft-told story, each morning his mother, Madaline, a nurse, would jump in the car and conveniently drive by a disabled neighbor as he walked to the bus just to give him a ride. This tradition of charity was not extended to business rivals. “I’m a competitive type of person whether it’s playing a game of basketball or playing business games,” says Feeney. “I don’t dislike money, but there’s only so much money you can use.”\r\n\r\nThe money was how Feeney kept score, and while it no longer flowed into his pocket, he helped rake in as much as possible as an active DFS board member throughout the 1990s. Since his foundation’s wealth was built on the illiquid stake in DFS, his grants lived and died on the cash dividends the company paid out–a major problem when the Gulf war and subsequent dive in global tourism restricted the once gushing cash flow to a trickle. Even as the economy recovered, a desire for the freedom of a cash pile, plus a gut instinct that DFS’ best days were behind it (Japan was clearly slowing down), motivated Feeney to push his three other partners to start looking for a suitor to buy DFS. There were few companies big enough to absorb and run the global operation. The French luxury powerhouse LVMH, helmed by billionaire Bernard Arnault, was the clear favorite. Feeney got owner Alan Parker on his side early. Pilaro and Miller would prove harder to convince.\r\n\r\nFor two years the four owners battled with themselves and Arnault over prices and deal terms. Each player brought their own high-powered attorneys into the scrum. “Every time I’d see a new a lawyer I’d say, ?Holy Christ, how much are we paying this guy? ‘ ” Feeney laughs.\r\n\r\nFeeney’s philanthropic secret ended in 1997, after he (along with Pilaro and Parker) sold their share of DFS to LVMH, and the world learned Feeney’s $1.6 billion cut belonged not to the man but to his foundation. Through the sale he reluctantly gave up his anonymity but in the process gained a better tool for good: a powerful following. Two of the world’s richest men, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, credit Feeney as a major inspiration for both the $30 billion-strong Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Giving Pledge, which has enlisted more than 90 of the world’s richest to (eventually) grant half their wealth to charity. “ Chuck is fond of saying that none of us has all the answers,” says Gates, “but I know that Melinda and I have learned a great deal from him in the time we’ve spent together.”\r\n\r\nPart of the kindred spirit that Feeney and Gates share stems from their entrepreneurial backgrounds and how they apply them to giving back. In many ways Atlantic was the forerunner to the Gates Foundation, practicing high-margin philanthropy: choosing causes that will maximize the impact of each dollar pledged, whether it’s $250,000 for Haiti earthquake relief or $290 million to build a new medical campus for the University of California, San Francisco.\r\n\r\nHe forces charities to compete for his cash, requesting detailed business plans with clear milestones and full transparency. If a project runs off course, Feeney cuts funding. He chooses programs that promise exponential returns that will allow people to lift themselves up. He pumps billions into university research in places like Ireland and Australia because he believes it creates a skilled workforce and attracts top talent, setting the table for high-tech industry and foreign direct investment. Operation Smile, a charity that corrects cleft palates in children from poor nations, is a classic Feeney cause: a one-time $250 investment to cover the cost of a simple surgery that will markedly improve every day of the patient’s life. He’s given $19.5 million there.\r\n\r\nTo further maximize return, Feeney leverages every dollar the foundation gives–using the promise of substantial gifts to force governments and other donors to match. In one famous example, in 1997 he proposed pledging roughly $100 million to Ireland’s universities but only if the cash-strapped government matched the amount. It did. (A total of $226 million in Atlantic grants have leveraged $1.3 billion of government money to its university system.) He works the same tactic with other wealthy people and development offices. Feeney never slaps his name on a library or hospital, since he can collect additional money for the project from more egocentric tycoons who gladly pay millions for the privilege.\r\n\r\nCasual observers categorize Feeney as frugal, but that’s a simplistic diagnosis. On the spending side Feeney obsesses over value, and on the cost side, he loathes waste. Atlantic’s president and CEO, Chris Oechsli, recalls staying in a Vietnam hostel with him on one business trip but adds that Feeney also once sent him back to the U.S. on the Concorde because he understood the need to get him home in time for the holidays. As for Feeney, he flew millions of miles in coach because first class didn’t get him to his destination any faster. He wears a rubber Casio watch because it keeps time like a Rolex. During our train back from Limerick he would curse and shake his head each time we passed one of many abandoned housing developments (ghost estates) left over from the country’s real estate bust. “I’m always the first guy to ask how much is that or what does it cost?” Feeney says about living the high life. “I never tried it because I knew I wouldn’t like it.” Feeney rarely owned a car because they were difficult to park in cities–although he admits briefly owning a used Jaguar when he lived in Hong Kong. No yacht? “I guess the answer to that is I get seasick easy.”\r\n\r\nAlthough he raised his family in multimillion-dollar mansions (his ex-wife and five children later split $140 million of the DFS fortune), today Feeney lives out of three foundation-owned apartments in Dublin, Brisbane and San Francisco, and crashes in his daughter’s apartment while in New York. Atlantic’s Irish operations are housed in a stately town house in the posh district off St. Stephen’s Green–Feeney and wife Helga (his former secretary) live in a small stone mews apartment out back. Even Feeney’s taxes underscore how he thinks: He has aggressively tried to avoid taxes at every stage in his career–from setting up his early business in Lichtenstein, incorporating his holding company in Bermuda and listing it under the name of his then wife Danielle, a French citizen–despite gaining no personal advantage in his later years. Eventually, less taxes meant that he could give away more.\r\n\r\nThis waste/value mind-set explains how a frenetic penny-pincher is also completely comfortable deploying massive amounts of cash on projects where he sees the chance of a high return. Take his recent $350 million pledge that helped Cornell, along with Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, win the bid to build a $2 billion technology institute on Roosevelt Island. This Silicon Valley East will attract the best engineers and students to the region. Feeney is betting top tech firms and new startups will follow, eventually producing thousands of jobs and billions of revenue for the region. “The visionary gift will pay dividends not just for Cornell but for New York City,” says Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It’s a textbook Atlantic investment, including leverage in the form of $100 million plus land courtesy of New York City taxpayers. Feeney’s only regret is that the opportunity came late for him and he won’t live to see the project completed.\r\n\r\nThat’s a lesson he wants to teach the new class of philanthropists: Don’t wait to give your money away when you’re old or, even worse, dead. Instead, make substantial donations while you still have the energy, connections and influence to make waves. “People who have money have an obligation,” says Feeney. “I wouldn’t say I’m entitled to tell them what to do with it but to use it wisely.” That’s why that man who obsessively guarded his privacy for decades has participated in the biography, spent three days with me and on Sept. 6 publicly accepted an honorary doctorate of law granted jointly from every university on the island of Ireland–the first time such an award has been given.\r\n\r\nFeeney might soon gain access to the biggest megaphone of all: Hollywood. George Clooney has reportedly considered adapting Feeney’s story for the silver screen. Who should play him in the film? Feeney thinks deeply on our way back from Limerick and chuckles before sharing his answer: “Probably Danny DeVito.”\r\n\r\nHow do you give away $7.5 billion? Follow timeline below of the Atlantic Philanthropies’ greatest hits.\r\n\r\n1982: Makes first grant of $7 million to Cornell. Total gifts will reach $937 million.\r\n\r\n1984: Transfers his 38.75% DFS ownership to Atlantic.\r\n\r\n1988: Gives $142,000 to support the Cancer Research Institute.? Worldwide cancer grants will hit $370 million.\r\n\r\n1990: Atlantic makes its first grant to University of Limerick to construct advanced research, conference and cultural facilities. Lifetime grants: $170 million.\r\n\r\n1991: Funds peace-building and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.\r\n\r\n1997: Feeney goes public about his charity activities.\r\n\r\n1999: Invests in Vietnam in the areas of higher education and health care.?\r\n\r\n2001: Funds biomedical research at Australia’s Queensland U. of Technology; Total Aussie medical grants: $320 million.\r\n\r\n2002: Makes grant for South Africa AIDS relief: has invested over $117 million in South African health care.\r\n\r\n2004: Begins funding efforts to abolish the death penalty in the U .S. –has invested $28 million to date.\r\n\r\n2006: Starts efforts to ensure health coverage for the almost 8 million uninsured children in the U .S.\r\n\r\n2008: Makes $125 million grant for medical center at the University of California, San Francisco Mission Bay campus. Total UCSF grants: $290.5 million.\r\n\r\n2012: With a $350 million investment, supports Cornell’s winning bid to develop NYC Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island.\r\n\r\n2016: Will complete $1.3 billion worth of grant\r\n\r\nhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenbertoni/2012/09/18/chuck-feeney-the-billionaire-who-is-trying-to-go-broke/
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Kisah tentang "profesionalisme" yang patut kita renungkan…. MENGECEK HASIL PEKERJAAN SENDIRI … Seorang anak lelaki masuk ke sebuah apotek, menarik peti minuman dan meletakkannya di dekat telepon umum. Ia naik ke atasnya sehingga dapat mencapai tombol-tombol yang ada pada telepon. Lalu mulailah ia menekan tombol sampai tujuh dijit. Saya menyimak percakapannya. Ia berkata, "Bu, apakah Anda membutuhkan bantuan untuk membersihkan kebun Anda?" Wanita di telepon itu menjawab, "Saya sudah membayar seseorang untuk membersihkannya.-" "Bu, Anda dapat membayar saya setengah harga saja." Sepertinya wanita itu sudah puas dengan hasil kerja dari orang tersebut… Namun anak itu tak kenal putus asa dan menawarkan, "Bu, saya juga akan menyapu pinggiran jalan dan trotoar rumah Anda, sehingga pada hari Minggu nanti Anda akan memiliki halaman terindah di North Palm Beach, Florida." Lagi-lagi wanita itu menolak. Dengan senyum, anak itu meletakkan gagang telepon. Sang pemilik apotek menghampiri anak itu dan berkata, "Nak, saya suka sikapmu itu. Saya mengagumi semangat yang kaumiliki. Bagaimana kalau kamu bekerja untuk saya saja?" Anak itu menjawab, "Tidak, Pak. Terima kasih. Sebenarnya saya hanya mengecek hasil pekerjaan saya sendiri."
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AKU TAK SELALU MENDAPATKAN APA YANG KUSUKAI, OLEH KARENA ITU AKU SELALU MENYUKAI APAPUN YANG AKU DAPATKAN. Kata-Kata Diatas merupakan wujud syukur. Syukur merupakan kualitas hati yang terpenting. Dengan bersyukur kita akan senantiasa diliputi rasa damai, tentram dan bahagia. Sebaliknya, perasaan tak bersyukur akan senantiasa membebani kita. Kita akan selalu merasa kurang dan tak bahagia.Ada dua hal yang sering membuat kita tak bersyukur. Pertama : Kita sering memfokuskan diri pada apa yang kita inginkan, bukan pada apa yang kita miliki. Katakanlah anda telah memiliki sebuah rumah,kendaraan, pekerjaan tetap, dan pasangan yang terbaik. Tapi anda masih merasa kurang. Pikiran anda dipenuhi berbagai target dan keinginan. Anda begitu terobsesi oleh rumah yang besar dan indah,mobil mewah, serta pekerjaan yang mendatangkan lebih banyak uang. Kita ingin ini dan itu. Bila tak mendapatkannya kita terus memikirkannya. Tapi anehnya, walaupun sudah mendapatkannya, kita hanya menikmati kesenangan sesaat. Kita tetap tak puas, kita ingin yang lebih lagi. Jadi, betapapun banyaknya harta yang kita miliki, kita tak pernah menjadi "KAYA" dalam arti yang sesungguhnya. Mari kita luruskan pengertian kita mengenai orang ‘'’'kaya''''. Orang yang ‘'’'kaya'''' bukanlah orang yang memiliki banyak hal, tetapi orang yang dapat menikmati apapun yang mereka miliki. Tentunya boleh-boleh saja kita memiliki keinginan, tapi kita perlu menyadari bahwa inilah akar perasaan tak tenteram. Kita dapat mengubah perasaan ini dengan berfokus pada apa yang sudah kita miliki. Cobalah lihat keadaan disekeliling Anda, pikirkan yang Anda miliki, dan syukurilah. Anda akan merasakan nikmatnya hidup. Pusatkanlah perhatian Anda pada sifat-sifat baik atasan, pasangan, dan orang-orang di sekitar Anda. Mereka akan menjadi lebih menyenangkan. Seorang pengarang pernah mengatakan, ‘'’'Menikahlah dengan orang yang Anda cintai, setelah itu cintailah orang yang Anda nikahi.'''' Ini perwujudan rasa syukur. Ada cerita menarik mengenai seorang kakek yang mengeluh karena tak dapat membeli sepatu, padahal sepatunya sudah lama rusak. Suatu sore ia melihat seseorang yang tak mempunyai kaki, tapi tetap ceria. Saat itu juga si kakek berhenti mengeluh dan mulai bersyukur. Hal kedua yang sering membuat kita tak bersyukur adalah kecenderungan membanding-bandingkan diri kita dengan orang lain. Kita merasa orang lain lebih beruntung. Kemanapun kita pergi, selalu ada orang yang lebih pandai, lebih tampan, lebih cantik, lebih percaya diri, dan lebih kaya dari kita. Saya ingat, pertama kali bekerja saya senantiasa membandingkan penghasilan saya dengan rekan-rekan semasa kuliah. Perasaan ini membuat saya resah dan gelisah. Sebagai mantan mahasiswa teladan di kampus, saya merasa gelisah setiap mengetahui ada kawan satu angkatan yang memperoleh penghasilan di atas saya. Nyatanya, selalu saja ada kawan yang penghasilannya melebihi saya. Saya menjadi gemar bergonta-ganti pekerjaan, hanya untuk mengimbangi rekan-rekan saya. Saya bahkan tak peduli dengan jenis pekerjaannya, yang penting gajinya lebih besar. Sampai akhirnya saya sadar bahwa hal ini tak akan pernah ada habisnya. Saya berubah dan mulai mensyukuri apa yang saya dapatkan. Kini saya sangat menikmati pekerjaan saya.Rumput tetangga memang sering kelihatan lebih hijau dari rumput dipekarangan sendiri. Ada cerita menarik mengenai dua pasien rumah sakit jiwa. Pasien pertama sedang duduk termenung sambil menggumam, ‘'’'Lulu, Lulu.Seorang pengunjung yang keheranan menanyakan masalah yang dihadapi orang ini. Si dokter menjawab, ‘'’'Orang ini jadi gila setelah cintanya ditolak oleh Lulu.'''' Si pengunjung manggut-manggut, tapi begitu lewat sel lain ia terkejut melihat penghuninya terus menerus memukulkan kepalanya di tembok dan berteriak, ‘'’'Lulu, Lulu''''. ''''Orang ini juga punya masalah dengan Lulu? ‘'’' tanyanya keheranan. Dokter kemudian menjawab, ‘'’'Ya, dialah yang akhirnya menikah dengan Lulu.''''Hidup akan lebih bahagia kalau kita dapat menikmati apa yang kita miliki. Karena itu bersyukur merupakan kualitas hati yang tertinggi. Saya ingin mengakhiri tulisan ini dengan cerita mengenai seorang ibu yang sedang terapung di laut karena kapalnya karam, namun tetap berbahagia. Ketika ditanya kenapa demikian, ia menjawab, ‘'’'Saya mempunyai dua anak laki-laki. Yang pertama sudah meninggal, yang kedua hidup ditanah seberang. Kalau berhasil selamat, saya sangat bahagia karena dapat berjumpa dengan anak kedua saya. Tetapi kalaupun mati tenggelam, saya juga akan berbahagia karena saya akan berjumpa dengan anak pertama saya di surga.''''Bersyukurlah !Bersyukurlah bahwa kamu belum siap memiliki segala sesuatu yang kamu inginkan …. Seandainya sudah, apalagi yang harus diinginkan?Bersyukurlah apabila kamu tidak tahu sesuatu … Karena itu memberimu kesempatan untuk belajar … Bersyukurlah untuk masa-masa sulit … Di masa itulah kamu tumbuh … Bersyukurlah untuk keterbatasanmu … Karena itu memberimu kesempatan untuk berkembang …Bersyukurlah untuk setiap tantangan baru … Karena itu akan membangun kekuatan dan karaktermu … Bersyukurlah untuk kesalahan yang kamu buat … Itu akan mengajarkan pelajaran yang berharga … Bersyukurlah bila kamu lelah dan letih … Karena itu kamu telah membuat suatu perbedaan … Mungkin mudah untuk kita bersyukur akan hal-hal yang baik… Hidup yang berkelimpahan datang pada mereka yang juga bersyukur akan masa surut… Rasa syukur dapat mengubah hal yang negatif menjadi positif … Temukan cara bersyukur akan masalah-masalahmu dan semua itu akan menjadi berkah bagimu …
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AKU TAK SELALU MENDAPATKAN APA YANG KUSUKAI, OLEH KARENA ITU AKU SELALU MENYUKAI APAPUN YANG AKU DAPATKAN. Ada cerita menarik mengenai dua pasien rumah sakit jiwa. Pasien pertama sedang duduk termenung sambil menggumam, ‘'’'Lulu, Lulu.Seorang pengunjung yang keheranan menanyakan masalah yang dihadapi orang ini. Si dokter menjawab, ‘'’'Orang ini jadi gila setelah cintanya ditolak oleh Lulu.'''' Si pengunjung manggut-manggut, tapi begitu lewat sel lain ia terkejut melihat penghuninya terus menerus memukulkan kepalanya di tembok dan berteriak, ‘'’'Lulu, Lulu''''. ''''Orang ini juga punya masalah dengan Lulu? ‘'’' tanyanya keheranan. Dokter kemudian menjawab, ‘'’'Ya, dialah yang akhirnya menikah dengan Lulu.'''' Pengalaman pribadi ya bro? cinta ditolak lulu dapetnya lili smile)
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