We met the French Sebastien Cazaudehore in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. For the last 6 years, he has been living in Ecuador where he built and now operates a Lodge in the Amazon Rainforest. Before that he was living in Australia and Papua New Guinea to do his PhD in Anthropology. The PhD was more a personal thing, a few boundaries to push and a few questions that needed clear answers. Now he joined the family tradition at last and became an hotelier without any regrets and a lot of pleasure. We had lots of interesting talks during the happy hours and dinnertime. Sebastien is a not what you would call a common French guy. He has outspoken and inspiring thoughts and is a very adventurous entrepreneur. That’s why I invited him to participate in the interview series.
WHAT DOES ‘FREEDOM’ MEAN TO YOU?
Live withour fear, live without chains (especially if they’re yours), live without regrets
WHAT DOES ‘FRIENDSHIP’ MEAN TO YOU?
A mutually beneficial bond with someone else that exists when people do things for others and not primarily for themselves
WHAT DOES ‘SUCCESS’ MEAN TO YOU?
Success is anything that contributes to make me happy, everyday
WHO DO YOU ADMIRE THE MOST IN THE WORLD?
People going out of their way to make the world a better place despite everybody else
WHAT GIVES YOU ENERGY?
All of the above, and the idea that tomorrow I will do something new, something I never tried before
DO YOU HAVE A DREAM THAT YOU HOPE ONE DAY TO BE FULFILLED?
No need to dream, I’m fulfilling them right now, some step by step, I guess it’s always a project undergoing improvements, but most of it is already here
IN WHAT ARE YOU A TALENT BY NATURE?
There is nothing I cannot learn to do, so I’ll always try new things
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO GROW AS A PERSON?
Freedom, at least how I defined it
WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER THEY SAY. DID YOU EXPERIENCE THIS?
Not physically fortunately, but indeed any experience, any tough moment in my life, helped build who I am today
DID YOU ONCE TAKE A LEAP AHEAD BY TAKING A SMALL STEP BACKWARDS? HOW?
Actually, I believe I never try to leap ahead, the pace might be fast sometimes, but I don’t leap. I might calculate every step a bit too much sometimes, but in the end I don’t have to step backwards.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO CHANGE IN THE WORLD?
Sadly, too much for it to handle right now, but if I had too chose, I’d say a good change in this egocentric mentality that makes people hate each other and forget about everything else that matters so much more would be a good start
IS THERE SOMETHING THAT YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO DO, BUT NEVER DARED TO?
WHAT DRIVES YOU? WHAT ARE YOUR VALUES? WHAT MAKES YOU TICK?
My values are the ones that allow me to take a good look at myself in a mirror and still be content with what I see, so everything I do or say has to be done or said so I don’t lose respect for myself… and people not doing that, or lacking respect towards me or others… pisses me off !