Top CEOs Take Risks Inside and Outside of Work

Rune Sovndahl Interview on Forbes

At least, that’s what Forbes Magazine and City A.M. have found as they survey the top leaders in business and industry! A whole slew of business tycoons and entrepreneurs seems to like trying out risky, extreme, and in some cases death-defying stunts outside of their working lives.

So what motivates them to do so?

As an avid cave diver and general thrill seeker himself, Fantastic Services Co-Founder and CEO Rune Sovndahl is ideally placed to answer.

Forbes Magazine is a wonderful resource for business, finance, technology, leadership, lifestyle, and current events news of all kinds. It’s also a website which features only world famous, extremely successful business people. Likewise, City A.M, was London’s first free daily business newspaper. It now boasts a popular online version which is primarily made up of corporate, financial and economic stories, as well as regular interviews of business leaders.

So for the company’s own CEO to be featured on both of these renowned news sources, made for a very happy day in the Fantastic Services office!

But it’s not just feather-in-our-hat time that’s made us draw attention to these pieces.

Transferable Skills

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or business leader, there’s something to learn about the mindset you’ll need to succeed here:

As Rune points out, as a business leader his every action has the capability to effect all of his employees and franchises. It’s a huge responsibility. And one that you need to unplug from completely every once in a while.

But that’s not all that extreme sports like cave diving have to teach aspiring business leaders though – what about crisis training? Thorough preparation? Communication skills?

These are skills which will stand you in good stead if you want to become an entrepreneur, or any sort of business leader.

Thrill Seeking Business Leaders

So what do other successful business leaders do when they’re out of the office?

The most high profile names mentioned in the Forbes and City A.M. articles get up to the following:

  • Swimming with sharks – Antonio Horta-Osorio, Chief Executive of Lloyds Banking Group.
  • Paris-Dakar Rally completion – Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange.
  • 5000 mile motorbike rides across Africa – Mark Bristow, Chief Executive of Randgold, the gold mining company.

We hesitate to mention them really, as we don’t want to give Rune any ideas (he’s already ticked off swimming with sharks!), but this really serves to illustrate that many of the biggest leaders in business are thrill seekers during their “off hours.”

See More Habits of Successful People – And Risk-Taking CEOs

Take a look at both articles in full for yourself “From Swimming With Sharks To Cave Diving: The CEOs Who Take Risks Outside Of Work” over at and “From shark cage diving to beekeeping – what risks does your CEO take outside work?” at

There’s a lot to learn there if you’re wondering how to be an entrepreneur.


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Last update: August 22, 2018
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