In this special episode of The Disruptive Entrepreneur, Rob interview Philip Witcomb, ‘The Secret Son Of Pablo Escobar’. In this compelling and revealing interview, Rob and Philip discuss his extraordinary upbringing, the extreme circumstances Philip found himself in and the lessons he learnt along the way. In this enthralling interview, discover a unique story from the secret son of the world’s most famous and influential drug lord’s.
There were a set of circumstances happening in Colombia, whereby Pablo Escobar was getting himself into trouble (to put it mildly). At the same time in Madrid, Phillip’s adopted father was unwell. This culmination of circumstances led his adopted father to come clean and tell Phillip the truth about his real father. Initially, he told Phillip of his own life and then he began answering some of Phillips unanswered questions from his childhood. When it was revealed to him who his real father was, Phillip was unaware of who Pablo Escobar was, and his life in Colombia.
In 1989 Pablo ended up in a Colombian prison. The Escobar empire was falling to pieces and his adopted father was aware of this. Phillips adopted father came clean and told Phillip that his real father in Colombia was facing problems, and Phillip needed security in his house for protection. Escobar’s great empire was crumbling and anybody related to him was likely to be in danger.
In Phillips early years he often found himself being woken in the night with night terrors. These night terrors were never explained to him and he asked his adopted father why these happened. Whilst it is not possible for Phillip to accurately remember small details of his childhood in Colombia It is surprising what a young child can absorb into their brain. Small memories of vivid mental images and loud memories were enough to spark the memory from Phillips adopted father where he initially found young Phillip.
Throughout his life, Phillip faced battles with depression. He was able to battle this by talking with people and asking them for help. It will not work if you simply try to ignore your depression. It took a long time of talking through his life with therapists who helped him and wanted to see him succeed. Eventually, Phillip overcame his depression and stop drinking alcohol and smoking and get realistic about life.
There’s a lot of truth to the saying ‘you keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” Phillip was warned by his publishers that many people would try to sell stories on him once his story became public. It is just part of the parcel of this new life that Phillip now has as a best selling publisher. Phillips life is likely to become a movie, this book about one mans life has become a mammoth thing and has sparked worldwide interest.
“There are things that rang true, and I could just identify with some of the things.”
“He felt that my life was not as safe as it could be at that time.”
“You keep your friends close to you and your enemies even closer.”
ABOUT THE GUEST
Phillip was born in Colombia, and adopted by Pat Witcomb. His birth name is Roberto Sendoya Escobar. His real father was Pablo Escobar. Phillip is a hyperrealist view painter and author.
ABOUT THE HOST
Rob Moore is an author of 9 business books, 5 UK bestsellers, holds 3 world records for public speaking, entrepreneur, property investor, and property educator. Author of the global bestseller “Life Leverage” Host of UK’s No.1 business podcast “The Disruptive Entrepreneur”
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