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Bryan Benitez McClelland is a Filipino-American environmental consultant, ecotourism developer and social entrepreneur who founded Bambike, a world-class bicycle made from bamboo. He does this work with the help of community members of Gawad Kalinga village in Victoria, Tarlac called Bambuilders.

In this two-part interview with Mike, Brian will reveal to us how he became what he is today. From wanting to become a sports doctor, he’ll share the road that led him to build an eco-friendly, sustainable social enterprise that advocates the use of bamboo. We’ll get a glimpse of the struggles he endured along the way and the challenges that he continues to face. He’ll share with us his vision for the Philippines as well as his thoughts on how we can become better versions of ourselves.

In part 1 of this interview, Mike and Bryan discussed the following:

  • The positive effects of having a career path that doesn’t feel like work.
  • How Bryan’s success was defined.
  • How we are all part of a larger ecosystem and that no one operates completely independently.
  • The lessons that Bryan got after building their first bamboo bike.
  • What and how it is to launch a completely new venture.
  • The importance of getting feedback and strategic partners.

In part 2 of this interview, Mike and Bryan discussed the following:

  • How different Bryan turned out from what he really wanted to be when he was young.
  • How one decision today could totally change the course of your life in the future.
  • Who does Bryan want to punch in the face? It’s not a person but a mentality.
  • The importance of having enough sleep and having a healthy life.

Quotable Quotes:

Here are some words of wisdom shared by Bryan in this interview.

  • There’s a way of playing safe, there’s a way of using tricks and there’s the way I like to play which is dangerously where you’re going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven’t created before. – Dave Brubeck
  • Steering a company that doesn’t have people who are happy and safe and satisfied with their lives doesn’t make me happy.
  • In the end, ideas are just ideas and it’s the heart and the action that really will influence if you’re going to make it or not.
  • You have to get yourself prepared enough to go into the mode of entrepreneurship with as much knowledge as you can but you’re gonna have to operate with a degree of uncertainty.
  • I didn’t know what my passion was until i was able to more fully experience different situations and really learn more about who I was and what was important to me, what I value.
  • Until you have that broader perspective and understand who you are, i don’t think you can make a proper decision in that realm.
  • Everything is a building process.
  • I dream for a poverty free Philippines that has green business developed to the point where it can sustainably provide the needs of the people.

Join the Conversation:

Bryan has shared so many lessons on entrepreneurhip with us. What is the one thing you learned from his experiences? What resonated with you the most? Let u know in the comment section below.

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Mike Grogan and Bryan Benitez McClelland of Bambike