Penulis terkenal bernama Alexander Thian (aMrazing) membagikan kisah hidupnya yang membuat netizen terharu dan terinspirasi. Dia menuliskan perjalanan hidupnya yang dahulu susah, namun sekarang bisa sukses.

Berikut kisah Alexander Thian seperti yang dipostingnya di instagram @amrazing.

Sebelumnya, Alex membagikan kisah perjuangan anak imigran bernama Shannon Satonori Lytle yang tidak mampu, namun bisa lulus kuliah di Universitas Harvard.

“Have you seen the viral fb post of a young american man who was just graduated from harvard? The one where he told us how he went extra miles to be where he is now? It’s inspiring, isn’t it?

Berbeda dengan Shannon, Alexander Thian tidak bisa kuliah karena orang tuanya miskin. Ayahnya meninggal dan ibunya harus bekerja di luar negeri, sehingga dia tinggal bersama pamannya.

“Well, I don’t have that kind of story because I didn’t go to college. Why, you ask? Classic reason: money. Going to college was out of reach and out of the question. It’s a daydream that will never be. When my dad died, my mother had to work abroad. We were seriously poor. Our family was scattered. I had to live with my uncle.”

Dia bekerja dengan kakaknya di warung/toko kelontong. Setelah itu, dengan modal seadanya, 10 juta, dia menyewa tempat untuk membuka usaha sendiri. Tempat yang sederhana, bahkan tidak ada kasur sehingga dia harus tidur beralaskan kardus. Serta untuk hemat dan bertahan hidup, dia harus makan mie instan berbulan-bulan.

“I worked for my sis for 3 years. She had (and still has) warung kelontong. After that, with 10 mio, I started my own. I rented a place. I didn’t have a bed, no tv, no cellphone. I slept on the cardboards and ate instant noodles with rice for months because I didn’t want to use my warung’s capital.”

Alex bangun jam 6 pagi untuk membuka warung kelontongnya dan menutupnya tengah malam. Demi menarik pelanggan ibu-ibu, dia membeli televisi agar update dengan gosip dan bisa menonton sinetron yang disukai ibu-ibu. Sehingga dia bisa “nyambung” dengan perbincangan ibu-ibu dan membuat mereka tetap berbelanja di tempatnya.

“I woke up at 6 in the morning, and closed the store around midnight. I learned how to engage with ibu-ibu customers, listening to their gossips, watching sinetrons (with a brand new tv, i bought it and had to paid it off daily, it was IDR 11.000 per day, for 150 days) so I’d know what they’re talking about and they’d keep buying stuff at my place.

Ketika bulan puasa Ramadan tiba, Alex membuat beberapa jenis kue kering untuk dijual. Keuntungannya lumayan sehingga dia akhirnya bisa membeli kasur tidur yang tipis.

“When fasting month came, I’d make nastar and caastengel and whatnot because in the day time my warung was as quiet as a cemetery. The profit was good so I could afford a kasur palembang (you know, the very thin mattress sold by abang-abang keliling kampung).”

Kemudian dengan kaset VCD dan DVD bajakan, Alex belajar bahasa inggris. Saat itu, dia tidak punya teman sehingga sering bepergian ke mal untuk melihat orang-orang dan menuliskannya. Kemudian pergi ke warnet dan berbincang dengan siapa saja yang tak dikenalnya sambil mempraktekkan bahasa inggris serta belajar menulis.

“Then from pirated VCD (and DVD) I learned English. I’d listened to a song and wrote down its lyrics. My ‘holiday’ was visiting a mall, and watching people and write about it. I’d go to internet cafe to talk to strangers because I had no friends… and to practice my english skill and learned how to write.”

Meski hidup sangat sulit, Alex tidak mau hidupnya begitu-gitu saja. Namun  karena tidak memiliki gelar sarjana apapun, dia menyadari bahwa dia harus memiliki sejumlah “skill”.

“Life was tough. Really tough. But i refused to be just ‘ngkoh tukang warung’. I knew I had to acquire skills because I bear no ‘S.H’ or ‘S.E.’ behind my name.”

Saat ini, Alexander Thian (aMrazing) bukan lagi seorang tukang warung. Kini dia bisa jalan-jalan keliling dunia, menggelar pameran fotografi dari hasil jepretannya saat traveling, serta menerbitkan buku yang bahkan telah dibaca oleh Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi). 

“Today I could travel the world. My solo photography exhibition was held last year. Mr. President read my novel. I’ve seen aurora borealis. If I can do it, so can you. I mean it.”

Have you seen the viral fb post of a young american man who was just graduated from harvard? The one where he told us how he went extra miles to be where he is now? It's inspiring, isn't it? . Well, I don't have that kind of story because I didn't go to college. Why, you ask? Classic reason: money. Going to college was out of reach and out of the question. It's a daydream that will never be. . When my dad died, my mother had to work abroad. We were seriously poor. Our family was scattered. I had to live with my uncle. . I worked for my sis for 3 years. She had (and still has) warung kelontong. After that, with 10 mio, I started my own. I rented a place. I didn't have a bed, no tv, no cellphone. I slept on the cardboards and ate instant noodles with rice for months because I didn't want to use my warung's capital. . I woke up at 6 in the morning, and closed the store around midnight. I learned how to engage with ibu-ibu customers, listening to their gossips, watching sinetrons (with a brand new tv, i bought it and had to paid it off daily, it was IDR 11.000 per day, for 150 days) so I'd know what they're talking about and they'd keep buying stuff at my place. . When fasting month came, I'd make nastar and caastengel and whatnot because in the day time my warung was as quiet as a cemetery. The profit was good so I could afford a kasur palembang (you know, the very thin mattress sold by abang-abang keliling kampung). . Then from pirated VCD (and DVD) I learned English. I'd listened to a song and wrote down its lyrics. My 'holiday' was visiting a mall, and watching people and write about it. I'd go to internet cafe to talk to strangers because I had no friends… and to practice my english skill and learned how to write. . Life was tough. Really tough. But i refused to be just 'ngkoh tukang warung'. I knew I had to acquire skills because I bear no 'S.H' or 'S.E.' behind my name. . Today I could travel the world. My solo photography exhibition was held last year. Mr. President read my novel. I've seen aurora borealis. If I can do it, so can you. I mean it. . P.S: pardon my grammar 🙈 . #QatarAirways #goingplacestogether #aMrazingTrip

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