For me, it began with removing the ego.
Honestly, my father and I are very headstrong, we’re very intense people like that, I was the only one who gave him lip in the family, and we ended up clashing a lot. And because of this, everything he told me I took as negative. In order for me to get past that, I had to look at myself, and see what it was that made me interpret his words like that. As a result of this, I can now take criticism – in fact, I welcome it!
You have got to get ripped to shreds in order to grow – that’s why I like martial arts, because whatever beliefs you had before, the second you get your ass beat, your ego is nothing! You’re so humbled, you say, Ok, let’s go back to the drawing board and start again. Let’s reassess, let’s recuperate and get back up."
After his last chapter closed, Carl was left with a decision – and he decided to come study High-Tech Entrepreneurship at Harbour.Space.
"I told Parham [Holakouee] I came here, and I was motivated. I was sure I would do well, I was sure I would try my hardest and succeed. And then I came here and saw last year’s class’ projects. And I said well, shit [laughs] – these guys are amazing! How am I ever going to keep up with this? I was totally discouraged, I said, my class will never be able to fill these shoes. And then slowly but surely, I got to know some of the people here and the atmosphere slowly began to build and I said, hey, you know, maybe, maybe, it’s possible you know. And looking at how it’s going the more time passes, I think next year will be better than us. I think it’s a movement. There’s a revolution coming in the world."
Honestly, environments like this make me believe that something’s changing.
And for the future?
"I’ve had this feeling, ever since I was 16 or something, I’ve had this gut feeling that something big is coming. We see emerging trends in technology, at a crazy exponential pace, it’s insane, so what’s becoming more and more important is adaptability. How adaptable are you to new environments?
This is something I’ve taken pride in ever since I was a child. I’ve hung around with international people all my life – from schools to my communities, it’s always been building relationships with people from all over the world. And in a way that’s left my in like a twilight situation – because I felt like I have a lot of acquaintances, but very few friends. I love them though – I never give them enough credit for it, but I love them. But the more you experience, the more adaptable you become and the more you become an observer."
As we were wrapping up, Carl made a very intriguing proposal; he offered to let us in on his code of the universe, as he put it.
"For me, it’s the number 3. It is everywhere in my life. Very simply explained, you have the sun, right – it’s imposing, male energy, then you have mother earth, which is caring, female energy – it takes, it changes, it uses this energy, to create more energy. I’m not talking about male and female like genders, in the human sense, but I want to show that they are different types of energy that come from the same source. That’s the wonder in life, right?
So those are the numbers 1 and 2. But what people forget is the third. It’s the process, it’s the dynamic balance between the two, it’s the motion between these two entities that creates everything, because, you hear people say, I want to find more balance in my life – they see it as something static. Balance is something dynamic – we walk by taking steps, first one, then the other, but it’s a dynamic balance. It’s motion.
Kamran [Elahian] told me – if you try something three times and it still doesn’t work, then the universe has other plans for you. I’m still working towards that, so we’ll have to see what the universe has in store for me in the future."
Carl is a Bachelor in our High-Tech Entrepreneur Programme.