Daredevil entrepreneurs and their extreme ways of unwinding

3) Are you ready to rumble?

The Office Group aims to reconfigure the British office, deeming itself the pioneer of the shared workspace – and one of its co-founders has a love of MMA (mixed martial arts).

It’s been said that Olly Olsen used to play football until his knees and ankles felt the strain. But after meeting former cage fighter Charlie Enstone-Watts, he turned his eye to sport once more – and it wasn’t football. Much like Campbell though, the love he now has for MMA didn’t come until he tried it.

“I thought to myself: I can’t even watch it on the telly, there is something about it which upsets me, I couldn’t do it. It was barbaric,” he explained. “I put the gloves on and Enstone-Watts told me, ‘When you are putting your elbow through the jaw, you’ve got to come down on it’. I’m thinking, ‘you’re kidding me? I don’t want to break anyone’s jaw!’ But something just clicked inside.

“Now, after my training sessions I am much more balanced in my decision-making and it has given me a lot of mental confidence, too. Those that doubt are the ones that lose.”

4) The all-time daredevil

What list about daredevil entrepreneurs would be complete without entrepreneur Richard Branson? After all, he’s a big advocate of adventures helping you bounce back after business mistakes.

He said: “The important thing is to take what you have learnt from the experience and apply it to your future ventures going forward. That’s why I will never quit going on daily kiteboard rides. Life is the ultimate adventure and I plan to be pushing the boundaries for many more years.”

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This philosophy has led him to attempt breaking the world record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, bungee-jump off a casino in Las Vegas, crash a hot air-balloon and, well, dress up in drag.

He further added in an interview with Adam Toren for the Entrepreneur that the hot-air balloon crash affected his business decisions. “You have to stay calm under fire – and sometimes literally under fire. If you’re facing death, you’ve got two choices: one is curling up and giving up, and the other is fighting to survive.”

Carry on for the Flash of the corporate world and the man who trekked the Antarctic 

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