Work hard, fail smart and never give up, that’s Godwin Caruana’s advice to anyone hungry for success in whatever field lights their fire.
As CEO of Harvest Technology, Dr Caruana’s resume is an impressive feat on its own. Besides heading a leading company that provides top Information Technology Services, Caruana lectures tomorrow’s tech minds at the University of Malta and brings his expertise to various high-stake boards. He is also a founding partner of iGrant.io, a personal privacy and trust platform.
Here are five things we learned about Godwin Caruana in Lovin Malta interview series called Meet The Boss.
1. He has always been keen on tech.
His passion for all things tech began way before he headed a high-flying tech company.
Caruana’s background was always based in computer science, dabbling with code and software engineering. Now, it’s the centre of his professional and academic life. But before that, Caruana was fascinated with surgical work and anything to do with medicine.
2. He thinks that bold ideas don’t necessarily need to be original.
When asked about what makes a good business idea, Caruana said there isn’t one encompassing trait.
“You can’t actually pinpoint one single thing that makes a good idea,” he explained.
“A good idea can come from different perspectives and contexts. You can take something someone already done, for example, and find a way how to do it more efficiently, make it work better in a completely different way.”
“Just because no one’s done it before doesn’t make it a good idea.”
3. He’d tell his younger self to start earlier and work smarter.
If he could get his 16-year-old self some advice, it’ll be to start as earlier and always think about the bigger picture.
“If I could speak to myself at 16, I’d say start as early as possible. Without wanting to sound presumptuous, I’d say keep thinking big. You can’t constraint yourself to your immediate surroundings but think more long term and the bigger picture.”
“I’d also say prepare to fail. At the end of the day, we fail as we grow smarter.”
4. He thinks that in order to be better, you need to put others first.
“I believe that as a leader, you need a lot of drive but also to put others before you and the rest will come. Take risks, life is too short. Not focusing on yourself is not easy but it’ll bring out the best in you.”
“Also, networking is crucial: no man is an island and you’ll need help to move forward,” he added.
5. He thinks happiness is key to success.
The lines between life and work are blurred for Caruana, and he feels lucky because his love for his work fuels him every day.
Fortunately very passionate about my job,” he laughed, and “Fortunately, or unfortunately, I do not make a distinction between work and personal life”, said Caruana.
“I know not everyone shares the same context in life, the same parameters, objectives, and obligations. But if you really want to find a balance between the personal and professional dimensions – find something that makes you happy, make that change.”
This is another episode of Meet The Boss, a Lovin Malta series in which we sit down with local CEOs to share their vision and business tips and discuss some crucial topics. More interviews will be uploaded in the coming weeks.
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