Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Jusuf Kalla (JK) are Entrepreneurs

Do you know that both Jokowi and Jusuf Kalla (JK) used to be entrepreneurs before becoming President and Vice President of the 4th most populated countries in the world?

Both Jokowi and JK spoke at the Tanoto Entrepreneurship Series sponsored by Sukanto Tanoto much earlier than the announcement that they will be running as President and Vice President elect for Indonesia supported by PDIP, Nasdem, Hanura, PKB.

Jokowi spoke on 8 July 2013 in Tanoto Entrepreneurship Series (Click here for the Video), exactly 1 year and 1 day before the presidential election in Indonesia. At that point, he spoke alongside with Ibu Mooryati Soedibyo , the founder of Mustika Ratu, who’s a well respected woman in the society and used to have a stint in politic as well as Wakil Ketua MPR during 2004 – 2009. During the encounter with Jokowi, in 2013, he spoke convincingly in front of over 200 students that he did not envision himself running for President, however, after 1 year, the situation changed and there he was, standing in front of many baliho and GBK, pointing at number 2 with his famous one liner shout-out – “salam dua jari”. He was given the mandate by Ketua Umum of PDIP, Ibu Megawati Soekarnoputri, to represent the coalition to run for President alongside Jusuf Kalla, more widely known as JK. JK served as Vice President for Indonesia from 2004 to 2009 and held his last post as Ketua PMI (Head of Red Cross for Indonesia).

A coincidence it is that both Jokowi and JK spoke at the Tanoto Entrepreneurship Series. JK spoke a couple of months before Jokowi on 30 April 2013 (Click here for the video). No one in the wildest mind including the students who have filled up the FEUI auditorium to listen to the respected entrepreneurs speak their minds and share their stories would have thought that these two would one day become the President and Vice President of Indonesia. However, it is in my belief that these two entrepreneurs, who will run the fourth most populated country and the largest Muslim country in the world, will bring prosperity to Indoneisa. Both Jokowi and JK will continue to have entrepreneurship mindset and blood as they believe in similar values, one of which is to never give up and “just do it”.

Jokowi shared during his speech that Indonesia’s transportation system needs to be changed drastically, while Indonesia had the idea of monorail and MRT since about 14 / 24 years before Malaysia came up with the idea, Malaysia currently have two systems running, while Indonesia does not have a single system running. As Governor of DKI Jakarta in July 2013, Jokowi shared that there are 400 new cars each day and 1400 motorcycles each day, so a transformation needs to be done and he reminded everyone in the audience the importance of doing rather than just planning.

Imelda Tanoto and Jokowi at Tanoto Entrepreneurship Series
Imelda Tanoto and Jokowi at Tanoto Entrepreneurship Series

JK, on other hand, had 35 years of experience in business and 10 years of experience in politics. He believes that as an entrepreneur, his spirit of just do it allows him to be successful. His father who only finished school till third grade was able to do export import business with no English. So his drive came from the fact that as long as you focus in whatever you do, and continue to do what you believe him, you will be successful.

Jusuf Kalla JK with Anderson Tanoto at Tanoto Entrepreneurship Series
Jusuf Kalla JK with Anderson Tanoto at Tanoto Entrepreneurship Series

Both Jokowi and JK shared very strong values which is important to ensure that they run the country in the most efficient manner. Because of their experiences in the past and their drive to run the country well, I believe that we will see a better Indonesia going ahead – Indonesia Hebat!

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