"I enjoy that element of danger – it keeps you connected with what you're doing"
"I hit the gym and, soon, I looked good – and wondered what could come next"
"Losing yourself is a skill you need to learn"
"I’m inspired by the old or out-of-shape people who turn up every week"
"Someone I knew – in her 30s and just married – felt like a ticking time bomb because management were expecting her to get pregnant and go off on maternity leave"
"I can sing all weekend then go to work on Monday and not feel exhausted"
"I felt completely out of control. I couldn’t do anything to help him."
"I spend hours on the water and in the gym – it’s a lifestyle choice for me"
"We slept in a wood hut, which was on stilts because of the wild animals crawling about – you could hear them in the night."
"Victims of domestic abuse often don’t know what they’re doing today or whether they might survive next week, let alone into retirement in 20 years."
"They say you should never meet your heroes, but in my case, I didn’t get a choice, as mine was my grandfather."
"I was at a launch event a few weeks ago, chatting to a CEO, and a principal law firm owner, all of us talking about which games we love to play."
"I still smell the record when I take it out of the sleeve for the first time."
"Meditation helps you feel joy, compassion, peace and freedom."
"I think there is a mutual respect between beekeepers and their bees."
"You can’t understand what it’s like walking onto a prison wing unless you’ve done it. There are hundreds of cell doors and a whole human life behind each one."
From opera singing to acting, desert-running to war-gaming, it turns out Britain's financial planners and paraplanners are embroiled in a world of passions and past-times – and few of us even knew...until now.
"Why I...." is a series of stories about the surprising and wonderful ways in which financial advisers spend their free time.
What unifies these professionals is that their time is precious and we ask some of the best-known in the industry how they make the most of it. What factors drive them to give irreplaceable hours to a particular pursuit, week in, week out – sometimes for years on end? And how do these interests teach them to be better advisers to their clients?