"Have you known how to take rest? You have done more than he who hath taken empires and cities." Michel de Montaigne

Not only does all work and no play make Jack a dull boy, it also makes him unproductive in the long run. Everyone needs time to rest in order to recharge and sometimes they find unusual ways of doing so as the following list reveals. 

1. Reid Hoffman, founder of business network sensation, LinkedIn.

Although he made number 1 on the Forbes top 25 list of fastest growing technology companies, he still makes time for recreation. According to Celebrity Fun Facts, Hoffman is a fan of board games in particular, Settlers of Catan. His reasons for being fond of this game is that in his words, "I think it's a game that most approximates entrepreneurship." In his book, 'The Startup of You', he writes, "My passion for entrepreneurship and my interest in board game design led me to introduce many of my entrepreneur friends to the German board game, The Settlers of Catan."

2. Jessica Mah, 25-year-old co-founder of inDinero,

Mah's brainchild with business partner Andy Su, a tax and accounting software for businesses has seen a growth of 2685.6% over the past 3 years. In an interview with Young Presidents Organization she mentioned a surprising talent she has for piloting a single engine plane and flying her friends around the Bay area. Betsey Guzior writes in bizjournals.com how Mah also opted to take her team to the desert for the Burning Man festival in lieu of a leadership retreat. She hauled her team out to the free-spirited desert festival Burning Man for a "unique and challenging experience."

3. Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook

What could be farther away from coding and social networking. Getting back to the basics, naturally. This is what Zuckerberg made a goal of doing when contemplating how we are disconnected to the meat that ends up on our plate. He took on the personal challenge of butchering all the meat he eats. In an interview for ABC he states, "I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have". 

So, whether it be flying high or staying grounded and connected to the earth, America's most successful individuals respect the need for a little distraction, whatever strikes their fancy. 

Published on: Apr 6, 2016
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