Bom dia amigos! 🙂 Currently, I am located in the beautiful old city of Lisbon, where I am exploring the architecture, museums, art, food, cafes and all other great things Portugal has to offer. I also want to use this time to do something creative and meaningful – so I decided I’ll make a series of interviews with ambitious, creative and inspiring young people that I am meeting every day, in hope I’ll entertain you and provide you with fun and motivational stories from people around the world.

Here is the second interview with Marek Svoboda – ambitious young sports enthusiast from the Czech Republic.

Tell me a little bit about yourself – who you are, where do you come from and what is your profession.

My name is Marek Svoboda, I come from Prague and I am 21 years old. I am a student of politology and international relations (currently in the second year of bachelor) at little private university Cevro Institut in Prague. I am currently in Lisbon where I came to study with Erasmus program.

What is that skill or talent that makes you unique?

I think that it would be foolish to consider myself as special since there is still a long path that I have to walk before I become a more complex personality and get at least a bit to shape of who or what I want to be.

But if I had to pick something then I would mention my good analytical skill and critical thinking that help me a lot in daily life. I always try to understand the problem I face in detail then I seek for different solutions and find the best. If that way doesn’t work I find help from other people and try to learn from my mistakes so I will not repeat them at the second time.

Also, I try to avoid black and white seeing of the world and look at things from more perspectives, check information from more sources.

Very important part of this process is self-criticism as well. I often look at myself like when I was watching a movie with me in the main role and ask myself if this is what I want to be.

At last place, I must say that I don’t give up easily and when something very important doesn’t work well I put more effort into it instead of surrendering.

When did you start developing your talent?                                                                                                         

I was eager for knowledge since my first years and I think that it was the time when my talent showed up. I learned how to read and write when I was 4-5 years old and then I became interested in a few things. I loved history encyclopedias that I read a lot and I have known dates of most of the important battles in a lifetime. Also, I learned to recognize all the states in the world and their flags. That all was when I was less than 6 years old.  I was always one of the best students all my life – in primary school, high school and at university now too. But I had to struggle a bit in my early years too because I used to have problems with behavior when I was a young kid. At primary school, I completed all the tasks few times faster than the others and then I was bored and that’s maybe why I used my mind to do stupid things. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?                                                                                                         

It is hard to say. Definitely, I want to continue in studying because it satisfies me and I would like to increase my chances for some great career. That’s why I should make master degree too after I finish my bachelor one. I want to know more and be more mat, re person but on the other hand, I would like to stay the same guy who is always up for every kind of fun and enjoys fun with his mates just like now. 

Who or what is your greatest inspiration?   

One of my biggest idols is my uncle Alois who used to be professional footballer in Czech second league, teams of the first league were interested in signing him when he was younger too yet he had some issues but he still had very nice career and did what he liked with passion every day and gave everything to every game. He sadly passed away on the pitch during the match that had to be one of the last ones before he ended his career but he will forever stay in my heart although I was a few months old when that accident happened.

My second big idol is my 88 years old grandfather Herbert with his endless will for new information and knowledge. In his age, he owns and uses very well laptop, tablet, smartphone and so on, also is familiar with social media and how they work. We often spend time together talking about various things from policy to technical stuff and physics or we visit museums and other interesting places. He used to work in science centrum testing properties of aeroplanes.

What do you want to achieve?

First of all, I want to be happy and do a job that fulfills me with joy or satisfaction. Leaving something valuable to the world would be nice too but I don’t prefer it to the happiness as I find out more and more that it is key to good life. I often think about the meaning of life and that might be the right way.

Do you believe you can bring a change in this world?

Yes. Everyone can change the world. And you don’t need to do big things to do so. Just start with yourself and be more happy and positive to the other people. Together we can make the world better place.

What are your top goals in life?                                                                                                                                                                             

To live the life the way that I don’t regret anything when I leave this world and I can say it was a good time and it was worth it.

Okay, also I am very very grateful to all my family for their eternal support and love and it would be really nice to create such conditions for the future generation.

What do you value?                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Bravery and self-sacrification.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

How do you find a will to continue after a failure? Were you ever in that kind of position?

Monty Python sings in the famous movie Life of Brain that you always have to look at the bright side of the life. I can agree on that one.

In Slovenia, I work for a non-profit organization called Zavod Nefiks, where we help young people to evaluate and take advantage of the knowledge that they got through informal education, which helps them get a job. Do you have anything similar in your country?

Well, I know about O2 Smartup that gives support to young people with good ideas. It is not the same yeah but at least something.

Tell me a funny story/anecdote about you. 🙂

There are too many funny stories about me or more like sad ones. For example I was quite tall since young age and one day I could be 12 years old I jumped on sofa, accidentally I hit glass chandelier by my head then I continued in move to other side and the chandelier fell and cut coating of the sofa but I didn’t notice anything until I looked behind me.

When I was 6 years old when we visited Christmas play with my parents in some theatre. I remember that there were at least 200 people in the crowd. Actors search for two kids from there to play parents of baby Jesus that was a doll. I raised my hand like I wanna play. Can’t say why and I was chosen. I walked to stage with some other little girl from the crowd that had to hold the doll and we represented Joseph and Maria. 

Thank you for your answers. I wish you to find happiness and success in all your future endeavors!


The interview was made in collaboration with Zavod Nefiks – Institute for promotion and recording of informally acquired knowledge from Slovenia. You can read the Slovene translation of the interview on Zavod Nefiks’ page, 


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