Sam Branson, filmmaker, social entrepreneur and adventurer revealed to me the entrepreneurship secrets from the Branson family; and how his production company Sundog Pictures has started making a difference through socially-engaged films about burning issues around the globe.This interview will might as well remind you about life priorities and valuable lessons we obtain from our nearest and dearest or, if we were less fortunate, the learning we obtain on our own as life progresses.
Initially I asked Sam to choose his favourite and his most difficult sojourn among all the adventurous missions for a change he took.''My favourite mission was also my most difficult and that was my first ever huge challenge: to travel 1,400 miles across the Arctic on dog sleds to raise awareness of climate change amongst young people. It shaped me into the man I am today and was the foundation for my self-belief on what I could achieve in this world.''
I wanted to hear whether Sam agrees that we are living in the best of times with all disruptive innovation at our disposal. Sam explained how storytelling fits the digital sphere for innovation purpose and because every innovation has its ups and its downs it's all about how it is used. ''In the wake of the recent atrocities in France one can see how communication can be used for a bad means but I wholeheartedly believe that access to the internet and social media has given the general population a voice and power to stand up for what they believe in. It has connected the world in a way that could never have been done otherwise and has enabled us to converse on a common theme and therefore collectively we can make real change in the world.''
Sir Richard's fatherhood style proved also to be an interesting topic as he must have had some evergreen tips under his sleeve. I wanted to know whether Sam felt that at any point it was difficult for Richard Branson to balance his professional and private life. Sam's response brought me back to entrepreneurship basics: it's a lifestyle. ''My Dad doesn't see a difference between his professional and a private life. He has been creating things since he was 16 and I think that's what he sees life as. One big adventure to create things. He has always been an unbelievably good father and family man and even though sometimes to my mum's frustration, using our home sitting room as a meeting room. He has always had an amazing lust for life and I will always remember him taking us off on some adventure to where we were eating lunch and us getting totally lost and it taking hours longer than expected. I suppose what I love about that parenting style is that it helps you live in the moment.''
After this inspiration I wanted to end the interview on a high note by asking Sam how he wanted to be remembered in 2066. ''Why specifically 2066?!'', was Sam's smiling sentence.''I think we have one life and I don't believe it's short if we fill it with all the things we want to do and spend time with all the people we love. If I wanted to be remembered for anything it would be for always being true to myself and never letting any situation alter who I am. I think life should be fun and I think the world is precious and magnificent and worth taking care of. So if I wanted to be remembered for anything it would be that I didn't take anything for granted and lived in the moment and made the most of this one life we have and brought as much peace and happiness to all those around me as I could.''
What else to add as these gems will help you enjoy entrepreneurship and living in the moment from a new perspective? In the comments section tell us what were the most awesome things you learned from your family about leading your business and finding your balance. See you soon!