September 12, 2005

What can Indonesia learn from India?

The list of successes goes on, but what we need to immediately ask ourselves is what factors have made them successful and why Indonesia cannot do the same thing. Why? Are Indonesians not smart enough?

A tempting question, indeed. But unfortunately, it is at best irrelevant and at worst misleading. The main reason behind the success of Indian professionals and entrepreneurs is that they are more assertive, or talkative, than most other Asians.

This might be attributed to the language they speak (English), which leads, directly or indirectly, to greater self-confidence. People can easily ignore the importance of self-confidence and assertiveness, but these traits play significant roles outside of Indonesia.


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