Riddle me This… Will Bolsover
Up close and personal with Will Bolsover, the founder of Natural World Safaris
If you knew then what you know now……….would you still do it?
I would try and do it even better and faster! That has been part of the game though…the journey to get here. We have been very lucky with the growth of Natural World Safaris and what we have managed to achieve, however there are always ups and downs. What I love about what I do is the fact that it combines so many different aspects of what I enjoy…business, travel, conservation and wildlife. I am exceedingly lucky to be able to explore all of these interests within one career.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
If you work hard then you will most certainly have your moment in the sun and you need to really enjoy it. There are challenges in running any business and whether it is suppliers you are working with, clients, or staff, people skills are instrumental in making things work efficiently and harmoniously. If you get this right, it makes the working day so much more enjoyable.
What’s the weirdest rumour you’ve ever heard about yourself?
Whatever it may have been, I never heard about it!
What was your biggest break?
Setting up Natural World Safaris. This has granted me so many opportunities to work with a variety of interesting and skilled people either within the company itself, or through experts and specialists in their field that I collaborate with. From primatologists, tv stars, professional photographers, adrenalin junkies and more, NWS has provided the platform to really engage with some amazing people. This interaction has helped us expand and develop this exceptional product that sets us apart from the rest.
Do you consider yourself lucky?
I think that a little bit of luck is always needed, however I feel that you also make your own luck through hard work and perseverance. In some aspects, I do think that I have been lucky. For example, I have certainly been lucky when considering my background and education, which have both equally contributed to the confidence I have to do what I do.
What’s most important in your life?
Family, always. Work, however, has a way of trespassing on my personal life and it is sometimes very hard to draw a line between them both. I am getting better at drawing that line nowadays though. Family is key to me, whether it be my parents and siblings or my wife and kids. They are what motivates me, they are what inspires me and they are what keeps my feet on the ground.
What brands do you admire?
I admire Apple, All Blacks rugby team (even though I am an avid England fan!), and Salomon running shoes.
Do you have a guilty pleasure – if so what is it?
Describe your personal sense of style.
Most of my friends and family would say, ‘he doesn’t have one!’ I was actually accused of wearing flares the other day. I thought they were just normal jeans, but apparently the, ‘boot cut’ is no longer in and it’s all about, ‘skinny jeans’ these days…!
Style for me is comfort, and whatever form that takes. Time is so important to me, so my general lifestyle revolves around trying to create as much free time as possible for projects that we are implementing at the company, and for spending time with my family, of course.