Fariz Shahrom, 23, Student-Athlete and Entrepreneur
Fariz is a man of big dreams and to make his way to the top, he stays motivated by participating in sports, attending business conferences and always making time to catch up on his reading. As athletic as he is, Fariz grew up playing the violin but closed the case to focus more on rugby instead.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I aspire to be a diplomat in Spain, so I’m currently studying International Relations with Spanish and I’m also the captain for my university’s rugby team. On my off days, I motivate myself by watching TED Talks and attending business conferences – it’s always been a dream to start my own business while still in university.
Do you have a favourite author?
I don’t have a favourite author but lately I’ve been reading business related books, and the moment I’m reading “Millionaire by Thirty” by Douglas R Andrew.
What’s one thing you wish you could create?
This may sound cliché, but I would love to invent a time machine so that everyone can go back in time to fix their mistakes (or relive moments) as I believe that everyone deserves a second chance and should be able to live happily without being stuck in the past.
In what, would you like to be an expert?
An expert in understanding everything about the human body and mind, because you can potentially control bodies and minds of others! Or be a culinary genius like Gordon Ramsay – something about his cooking videos that just soothes me.
I was born in car on the way to the hospital, right on the back seat! We still have the car at home and and we drive it every now and then. But don’t worry, the seats have been changed.
– Fariz on his most treasured possession.
If you could join any sports team, what would it be?
Whilst it isn’t a team sport, I’ve always loved boxing. It would be a dream to be a professional boxer and be up against the biggest names in boxing like GGG, Lomachenko, McGregor and even Anthony Joshua.
What’s the most rebellious thing you’ve ever done?
At the risk of being expelled, my mates and I snuck into the girls’ dormitory and we ended up having biscuits and “Maggie goreng” with them.
The one thing about you that surprises people?
Well, I always come off as an athletic person so no one would expect that I play the violin! I started when I was eight and stopped at 15. I quit the school orchestra back then as I fell out of love with the instrument and decided to dedicate my time and effort to rugby and athletics.