Three years ago, we spoke to Diah, a procurement officer in a gas company in Indonesia. During the interview, she emphasized the importance of being surrounded by a great team.

1. Introduce yourself, who are you, and what do you do?

Hello! I’m Diah. I studied cyberpsychology. But right now I’m working in a gas company, joining the cool gang of the Procurement Team. :)

2. How did you arrive at this career? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do?

Hmmm.. nothing exciting actually. I was in the marketing division and there’s a rotation in our company. Then I was put in Procurement. There’s no clear connection between what I’ve learned with what I do now.

But you know, as long as you have a great team and a great boss who supports your learning process, you’ll feel you can do almost everything. :)

3. What about your job makes you jump out of bed in the morning, especially on those cold, dark winter mornings?

We don’t have winter here in Indonesia. Hahaha but I know what you meant.

Well, as I said, a solid team and a great boss to lead. There are always problems every day. But with great teamwork, we can always tackle big problems easily.

4. What is your personal cure for stress or how do you raise your spirits in times of doubt? Can you share a story?

Talking to people of course. I have lots of friends and interesting people around me. If I couldn’t find one, I will go travel to another part of Indonesia, go meet fishes and talk to them.. no.. I’m kidding, I don’t talk the fish language, I mean I’ll talk to local people (you know Indonesia is a country full of diversity, home to numerous different ethnic groups, languages, and religions). Or If I don’t feel like meeting/talking to people, a book is always be a good companion.

5. Who is your role model? If no one, any thoughts on this?

Whoa. It’s difficult to choose one. There are so many great people out there. It wouldn't be fair if I choose one. 

But I wonder why Mahatma Gandhi popped into my mind when I read this question. Maybe because there are too many violent acts happening in Indonesia now, or maybe the world? So I admire him very much for his movement <3

6. What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

“Oh you know you’ll be fine.”

7. How do you measure your success?

“The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure” - Stephen Richards