Hi there! My name is Carl and I’m a University Student currently studying in New Zealand. Writing an about me page has never been easy for me, as I always wonder what to include. So I’ve given you a little bit of a mini biography to get started with!
When I was 18 years old, I got my first job attending cars at a gas station. It wasn’t glamorous, but then again, what first job is? The job paid me minimum wage but it also gave me a gift in disguise. It showed me exactly what I didn’t want to be doing for the rest of my life, and who I didn’t want to end up like. Day in, day out, people would come in with dreary looks on their faces after a long day of 9-5 work. There were very few smiles, even when the best of us joked with them. At first, I thought it was our humour, but as I visited other stores and watched, it was clear that it’s a trend in today’s society.
At that point, I realised I didn’t know what I wanted anymore, and decided to leave University as quickly as possible. I did nothing for a few months, indulging in TV, movies and videogames for days at a time, escaping the reality of the future and instead immersing myself in these universes. Luckily for me, my parents didn’t let this last too long, giving me an ultimatum to either find work or move out. Naturally, I chose the comforts of home and quickly found a job working with the same company my mum worked with, acting as a reliever for preschools around the area.
What I found at these schools, beyond playdough smushed into the carpet, was an enthusiasm for life that I had not found in the adult world. These kids were young, had no responsibilities but were excited about the future. They wanted to grow up to be garbage men and women, truck drivers, farmers and astronauts. Optimism overflowed and they weren’t afraid to try. Just because as adults we have responsibility, doesn’t mean we should be as miserable as we are. So where did it all go wrong?
This is the point where I started examining everything in my life to try and find the problem. I’ve always been the kid who asked why and usually ended up on the nerves of my teachers. Some were forgiving, some…not so much. To me, it’s both annoying and rewarding for having that curiosity. What I found was that what we’re told as teens in regards to life and how to succeed, is fundamentally wrong. Now just to make sure we’re all on the same page here, I’m talking about the entire idea of going to university and graduating, getting a job and then a car, a house, a partner, having kids and so on.
It’s all wrong.
As children we’re told to follow our passions and curiosities, up until we hit High School where we start being told to aim for well paying jobs and employment that would otherwise pay us enough to have a life and be happy. We’re built up through our childhoods and then come crashing back down into ‘reality’ when exams start to matter. The problem with this is that the reality in question doesn’t exist anymore. With globalisation and the internet, the world has become a bigger but cosier place to live in. Now more than ever we can succeed at working on our passions and doing what we want to do. The old system is not relevant anymore.
So let’s do something different
Since then, I’ve been focusing on finding what I want to do. Lucky for me, there’s been this idea that I’ve had since I was 16 years old, so I think I know which direction I need to go in. The tough part is that it’s going to take a lot of hard work, capital and experience to get there. I’m confident though that I can do it thanks to the new found opportunities mentioned previously.
Right now, I’ve returned to university and I’m currently studying business and entrepreneurship. To stay with the entrepreneurship theme, at the moment I’m also trying a new business idea that paves the way for future progress towards the big dream. With this website, I hope to chronicle my progress and offer observations for both myself and you guys reading.
If you’re wondering about what to expect from my website, I’ve made an extra about me page just for you!
Otherwise, feel free to reach out if you have any thoughts, questions and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
Thanks for reading,