It’s easy to assume a few days away from the office lazing on a beach someplace playing on the open water is enough to entice anyone. While this scenario certainly is enticing, it’s not the only reason highly successful business people are taking to kitesurfing. Believe it or not, it’s the challenge of the sport that attracts them by the hundreds, combined with invaluable socializing.

This level of socializing is where leaders find leaders to chat about their shared love of the sport of kitesurfing. After jumps and stunts have been discussed and wounds have been probed and shared, they do, however, get down to business. Generally, it’s the business of technology. It is for this reason you’ll find the likes of Ken Goldman, Yahoo’s CFO.

Known for his fiscal discipline, Ken Goldman is a reputable Silicon Valley veteran who has helped cut costs and improve the oversight at numerous Silicon Valley companies. His 30-year career has included fast-paced businesses such as Fortinet and Siebel Systems, which has helped create his strong reputation on Wall Street.

With a wildly successful career of financial discipline, in that he is known to be operationally inclined, very effective at cost saving and extremely focused, why does he find kitesurfing so appealing? Well, even an $18 million CFO needs a good challenge once in a while, and where better than the beaches of Hawaii, Goldman’s choice for personal kitesurfing trips.

It is here where Goldman admits he gets to try new events and experience new challenges. It was more than eight years ago when he first joined Bill Tai in, what was supposed to be, a 4-day guy trip. Years later the guy trip has turned in to a 200-person activity. Goldman is the first to say that “kitesurfing is no longer a US event, but instead, is an extremely popular global event.”

He says, “it gets you out of the office (he laughs), and no one would even recognize any of us coming from the office.” Surfing across the open water, Goldman finds himself in new territory by simply going wherever the wind takes him. Goldman is fond of the sport because it gets people out of their comfort zones. He explains that “people are now doing things they never would have done before.” Not only that, it’s an epic, friendly and fun place to go for business advising.

After time on the water, he returns to the sandy beach where he spends time hanging out with ordinary people, doing ordinary things that allow him to reconnect with the vitality of life. Being able to get out and play then talk business is an effective way to get away from the stress.



Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Big U Academy , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Lifestyle Academy . He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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