Brandon Adams is the co-host at Ambitious Adventures, a reality TV show for Young Entrepreneurs. Brandon graduated from Iowa State University and the man behind Arctic Stick, a plastic, bullet-shaped tube that allows users to create ice that can easily be dropped into any number of beverages in plastic bottles. His work has been featured on the USAToday.com, Des Moines Register, KCWI-TV, WHO Radio, among others.
In this Startup Savant interview, Brandon shares how he loves to impact the lives of many young entrepreneurs through the reality TV show. He likes the idea of being able to represent those fantastic entrepreneurs out there, while being able to empower and inspire many like-minded people who watch the show across the globe.
Learn more from Brandon's insightful interview in the following paragraphs. And when you are done absorbing Brandon's insights, get updates on the latest shows of Ambitious Adventures on Twitter!
Can you tell us more about Ambitious Adventures? What is Ambitious Adventures?Ambitious Adventures is a New Reality TV show for Young Entrepreneurs. My co-host and I are traveling to cities across the country and interview entrepreneurs in each city that are making an impact in their community and are having success in their companies.
What ignited the spark in you to host a documentary show? Where did the idea for Ambitious Adventures come from?My co-host Greg Rollett came up with the idea to create a travel/entrepreneurship show. He filmed the pilot and showed it to me. This project was everything I believed in and what I already did for my podcast show.
I traveled to 27 states in 2015 interviewing entrepreneurs all across the country. This TV show is what I already do, but with cameras on. With my crowdfunding background and experience, I was a perfect match to partner with Greg to create this show. That’s exactly what we set out to do.
Have you encountered troubles or mishaps when starting Ambitious Adventures? How did you fix them?There are always obstacles along the way for any entrepreneurial journey, and you must find a way to overcome them. At first it was hard to sell the idea to others, because the show had never happened before and there was some skepticism. After making a deal with YouToo Cable, that changed everything. Hard work, drive, and passion for the project put us on top.
What do you enjoy most about being an entrepreneur? Is there something you are most proud of?I enjoy the journey. You never know whats going to happen next. It's a rollercoaster ride along the way. Embrace the ups and downs, and enjoy every moment. I’m proud to be one of the hosts of a entrepreneurial TV show that will be seen by millions across the world. I’m inspiring and motivating them to do their own greatness. I'm honored to be someone that represents those entrepreneurial stories that we feature on our show.
What is the most exciting moment of your entrepreneurial journey right after you started Ambitious Adventures?When we found out that we made a national distribution deal, and knowing we had made it big. Our show would be seen by the masses, and our hard work had payed off.
What is the toughest decision you’ve ever made when starting this show? How did it make you better at the end of the day?Making sure we have the right entrepreneurs to feature on our show. I’ve talked to 100's of entrepreneurs in the past 2 months, and they all have passion and drive, but I only can pick a select few. I want to help them all, but at the end of the day, I want to pick the stories that I know can make the most impact overall to the masses of people that see this show.
What does your day-in, day-out look like? Is there any specific habit that has helped you become a better person?Every day is different. Each week I'm traveling to a different city, vetting entrepreneurs and preparing for the filming of this show. Every day i set goals, and I also workout every day to keep me sane and keep the creativity flowing.
Who has been your greatest influencer along your entrepreneurial journey? How did they shape Ambitious Adventures?Napoleon Hill, the author of Think and Grow Rich. His principles and knowledge has transformed my life in a way that allows me to have success in all areas of my life, which allows me to ensure the success of Ambitious Adventures.
How do you balance life and work to remain connected and available for your loved ones? Any advice for me?I love my work, its my passion and its my craft I’m mastering every day. I’m living my dream every single day. I’m still working on being more available for loved ones, but I realize life is short, so I do make time with them.
Do you think being an entrepreneur yourself has turned you into a better person? If so, how?100% yes! It has formed me into who I am. I’ve always been an entrepreneur. I honestly have a mindset that thinks bigger then most, and I haven’t met many people that think quite like me. I know that anything is possible in life and knowing that is my biggest strength. I’ve always enjoyed helping others, and its my intention to impact 1 billion lives in a positive way by December 31, 2029. That's 1 billion, not 1 million. I think big!
What advice would you give to our readers or young entrepreneurs who want to start a business in Florida today? Where should they start?First, you need to figure out what you love to do in life. What are you passionate about? If you don’t know that yet then figure that out by trying many different things. Once you figure out what you love to do in life, build a business around it and figure out how to make money doing it. The more value you provide to others and the more you help them with what you love to do, the more money you will make, and the more positive impact you will have on others.
Also, figure out where you want to be in 5-10 years. Figure out the road map to get there, and work your ass off until you achieve it. Enjoy the journey while getting there, because that is the best part. Shoot for the stars and land on the moon. Once you land on the moon, shoot for more stars and continue to land on moons. If you'd do that, you will live a happy, fulfilled life.