Friday, January 16, 2009

All You Have To Do Is Ask

Tomorrow, my term as Head of Public Relations, PKPMI will end (PKPMI: Persatuan Kebangsaan Pelajar-pelajar Malaysia di Indonesia. Such a long name, huh?). Serving under the organization for the last one year has been quite tiring, but there’s absolutely no regret. Valuable lessons were learned; lessons that I won’t get in classes or tutorials. I guess after the term ends, I can say that I have equipped myself better for my future life! One of the most valuable lessons I learned is:

“All you have to do is ask”

No man is an island, and whatever obstacles lie ahead, there is always someone out there willing to help. All you have to do is ask! I used to get the wires in my head tangled up after being assigned to a task I’m unfamiliar with. Early last year I was assigned to design, produce, promote and sell PKPMI’s merchandise products…from scratch! The organization never had merchandise products before, and it is up to my bureau to do the designs, create a prototype, produce them, promote, and sell them. Let me remind you that I never ever had experience doing business before, and I had no idea on how to design products! So I started asking around.

It’s like playing the Final Fantasy. You wanna make weapons, you go to the Blacksmith. You got poisoned, you go to the White Mage. You wanna practice magic; you go to the Wizard’s Lair. Well of course there’s not much wizards lying around these days, and no such magic that can create merchandise products exist. So I went to a friend who knows one of the modern day’s magic instead: Adobe Photoshop. So I learned a bit of designing using the software, and after a few days, I was able to make a few designs!

It gets downhill afterwards, asked around for shops that produce merchandises, got them to help with the prototype, and extended the line of products. Not long after, the first ever PKPMI-CB merchandise product were launched! We got great responses, and we made good profit out of it. Well I admit that it wasn’t all smooth-sailing, we had some trouble distributing the products, but all in all, it was a very good experience.

We are all getting used to hear that people nowadays have this 'Mind your own business' mentality. That the modern life creates problem for everyone that they couldn't afford to care about other people's problem. However, you'd be surprised at how many people actually care and are willing to help you. All you have to do is ask!

This is one of the T-shirts that I designed. Interested, anyone?


IRA said...

wow! good job! u jual tshirt je ke?

Lutfi Fadil said...

Em, ade keychain juge~ hehe

my name is KARL said...

hye bro..

1st time ere... foud ur blog from ur fs..

about d tshirt, it's nice! business tshirt????

i got a blog oso, hv a visit ya!

nUr iZzaTy aBu bAkaR said...

why do i dont even notice that this tshirt ever exist!?
bru lg ke selling all the stuffs?!
keychain apekah yg dijual tue?
heeee byknye soalan..
i like the tshirt most probably becz of the colour =) red n white!
nway, u really gained a lot ek ngn pkpmi? sounds interesting =)

Lutfi Fadil said...

Em, those products jual awal tahun lepas dulu. So mase korg masuk x sempat plak nk jual. dh out of stock pon. hmm...x penah tgk org pakai? knp eh?

Jwpn: mstilah sebab dorg sayang nak pakai sebab lawa sgt, so kebanyakan org gantung di dinding sebagai perhiasan kamar.hehe

fahimah said...

hehehe busy2 menjual kaos..
eh m i rite?koas ke kaos tak igt =p
lame sgt cuti katekan ..
sambung jela lg position 2 lut..
femes tau nnt hehehehe=pp

nUr iZzaTy aBu bAkaR said...

gud answer!
tpkan, shudnt be like tht tau!
tshirts bought are meant to be worn~~ kan kan kan?!! =)

Lutfi Fadil said...

Kaos laaa...Koas tu maknenye assistant doctor. haha...anyway, mmg kne sambung position naik pangkat sket la...hehe

fahimah said...

ow yeah kaos haha
i tak "expert" mcm u =p
anyway nice shirt..
1 je ke design die?

hysMan.. said...

hello bro..
nice tshirt..
btw,ko xde wane biru ke???

Lutfi Fadil said...

Hey ho...
biru sahaja tarak la...
background itam logo biru ada laa...

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