ESQ 165 goes to USA
Posted January 14, 2008on:
I remember how my friends tried to make me join ESQ 165 training when I was still in Jakarta and somehow I always could avoid. It wasn’t because I didn’t think ESQ 165 training wasn’t good but because I thought I’d had enough information about ESQ 165 from my friends whom I used to call “victims.”
The other reason was because I’d been actively involved in training industry at that time, of course not as a trainer or motivator, which made me think I was able to speculate what kind of training ESQ 165 was. But of course I wouldn’t have refused an ESQ training if someone had offered me for free; Something that never happened.
It never crossed my mind that I would someday join ESQ 165 training in America. I guess I was lucky that I happened to be in Washington, D.C. when Ary Ginanjar Agustian decided to make his first American tour. Although it was just a preview, I felt lucky that I finally had the chance to see, hear, and feel Ary Ginanjar Agustian. I finally had the chance to see with my own eyes the perfomance of the man who has been influencing more than 500,000 people in Indonesia.
The preview training was held at the Embassy of Indonesia in Washington, D.C. which in my opinion is the most beautiful embassy building in the city. The training had been scheduled to start at 6.30 pm, but as you know how we Indonesians don’t appreciate punctuality, the coordinators had to wait until 7.30 pm to finally begin the event. I guess that could be a simple indication why ESQ 165 is needed by Indonesians.
It’s not a secret that Indonesia needs a positive character building to become a progressive country to compete against other countries. And while the government still seems to be confused in finding the right solution, Ary Ginanjar Agustian already has it. His solution is called ESQ 165; 1 is the symbol of relationship between a human and God, 6 represents the six pillars of faith in Islam, and 5 represents the five pillars of Islam.
Ary Ginanjar Agustian puts his vision high for Indonesia with ESQ 165 as his weapon. He dreams to see The Golden Indonesia in 2020: A smart society who integrates intelligence quotient (IQ), emotional quotient (EQ), and spiritual quotient (SQ). He believes that The Golden Indonesia could be achieved through three basic levels: (1) To help individuals realize who they are, why they were born, and who is their Creator (Spirituality level); (2) Mentality building; and (3) social and economic building.
I enjoyed the preview training as a new experience for my spiritual journey. Although I didn’t burst into tears like some people did, I thanked Ary Ginanjar for giving me a different and unique point of view to comprehend Islam better and deeper. ESQ 165 training may not be a new thing in the world of psychology but at least it’s the first of its kind in Indonesia. Its ability to combine both science and Islamic teaching has made ESQ 165 able to attract not just educated and young Muslims but also middle- and upper-income Muslims; the kind of audience that traditional Muslim clerics find hard to get.
But as life is about pros and cons a very close friend of mine in Jakarta used to complain how expensive ESQ 165 training was. Some people I know argued that ESQ 165 needs the money to pay all the expenses. But, my friend wasn’t satisfied with that answer because for him that explanation led him to a new issue which was exclusivity. In that case, he said, only Muslims with money can afford ESQ 165.
The debate became more interesting because ESQ supporters have another explanation for that complaint. They argued back saying that changing the mentality of educated, middle- and upper-income Muslims is more tactical to make The Golden Indonesia come true since they have important positions in the country. At the same time ESQ 165 has been giving free training to teachers in Indonesia, they said.
A few days after the preview training I had the chance to have a discussion with two Indonesian diplomats about ESQ 165 and the preview training that we all had joined. Both showed respect for Ary Ginanjar Agustian with his ESQ 165 and felt they had gained some knowledge on Islam. But they left me with one question and one statement that made me wonder: “Is the crying part really necessary?” “All the slideshows were Harun Yahya‘s.”