5 Minute Interview: James Huggins
Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
James: I’m James Huggins, husband to Betsy, Dad to Emily and Joe and MD of new multimedia children’s publisher Made in Me. We just launched The Land of Me, an interactive series of educational games and activities for children aged 2-6. We’re really proud of it. Most importantly it’s a completely new way to enjoy story-telling with your children. I enjoy everything about it; the ideas, the work, the team and the fact that we can get paid to behave like children.
Alvin: Pick any man in the world who was the most influential to you and why?
James: That’s an easy one. My Dad. I like to think that would be true for most people though. He’s addicted to sports and has a philosophy that everything can be looked at in the form of a game. I always liked that idea. I think a playful approach to life is something we’re born with and children are shining examples of that. The trick is hanging on to that way of looking at things as we get older.
Alvin: What do you wish to accomplish 1 year from today?
James: A year from now I’d like to have ‘The Land of Me’ family of interactive games, books and toys billed as the must-have Christmas gifts for children. Not because I’m greedy but because I love the idea that as many children, parents and teachers as possible can enjoy the things we work really hard to create.
Alvin: What has been your greatest experience so far as a dad?
James: OK. Difficult one. The whole thing has been incredible. All I do when I’m at home is muck about with the kids and spending time as a family is absolutely my favorite thing to do. Having said that, one of the best experiences I’ve had is watching or listening to the children playing together. Sometimes they’ll be inventing ludicrous plot scenarios as a backdrop to their games and sometimes they’ll just be chatting away over a juice establishing just which superhero they’d like to be. I could listen to that stuff all day.
Alvin: What has been your largest step to manhood?
James: Having children. Hands down. No contest. I don’t really need to go into this because if you don’t have children it’s boring having to listen to someone talk about them all the time and if you do, well, then you already know what I’m talking about.
Alvin: What has been the best advice you received about being a man?
James: It’s not really specific to being a man necessarily, but I like to constantly remind myself to take pleasure in the present. It’s easy to endlessly plan your future, to suffer unhappiness because you think that it’s going to pay off further down the line. It’s a dangerous strategy in my view. I watched a talk by Steve Jobs the other day and he said something similar. Every day he looks in the mirror and asks himself that if this was his last day alive, would he do what he was about to do. If the answer is ‘No’ too many times in a row then he knows he needs to change something. I like that.0