How wrong I was. Now, it makes complete sense.
I was placed in a class with scientists, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, human rights advocates, corporate leaders, royalty, government leaders, non-government leaders, design thinkers, communications, branding and media captains, international peace builders, and sabbatical souls who, all like myself, were preparing to be extraordinary.
Extraordinary is never accidental. It has ten foundational components:
- Intent to become extraordinary
- Vision to see how extraordinary would manifest itself
- Ambition to do all it takes
- Tenacity to smash all obstacles in the way
- Commitment and consistency to ensure that extraordinary is habitual, never settles and levels down
- Fearlessness of all risks
- Faith that the future will work itself out
- Support of family and friends who serve as psychological and physical safety nets
- Investment of time, financial and opportunity costs
- Mentors and peers to guide, critique, challenge and inspire
At the cornerstone of this foundation is the why I created #TheWempyDyoctaKotoAward.
Firstly, I have never used my name for any entrepreneurial or social project. I own multi-million dollar companies and startups around the world and have never attached my name to any.
Even the management consultancy where I serve as CEO is called “Wardour and Oxford“, as it was established in an office on the corner of Wardour and Oxford Streets in London.
After conducting focus groups for alternative award names, I was encouraged to learn that no other name made sense for the general Indonesian public than to call it “The Wempy Dyocta Koto Award”.
In a country of 17,000 islands, I have travelled to many of Indonesia’s habitable towns, villages and cities to promote entrepreneurship, education and business. I have learned of children, students and adults travelling on trains and buses for over 24 hours, sleeping at transportation terminals, crossing island ferries and catching multiple planes to watch me speak at a one-hour event. I have learned of groups travelling through dangerous terrain and a distant fire blazing on the island of Kalimantan to attend my lecture in the city of Samarinda. I receive messages on social media from people wanting to meet so I can guide them towards their aspirations. This in addition to the overwhelming mentoring requests I receive once I come off stage or after a television appearance. I have even received a message from a 12 year-old girl who asked me to promise to never leave Indonesia so I can be her business partner when she launches her company.
How do I, as an individual, meaningfully channel this fountain of energy, wild spirit and zest for education and emancipation?
Enter #TheWempyDyoctaKotoAward, which will prize 12 excellent Indonesians with mentorship from 12 extraordinary Indonesian mentors plus 12 extraordinary international mentors for 12 inspiring months.