Peter van Kets

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Guest Speaker: Peter Van Kets

Presentation Topic: Grit                                                                   09:15 – 10:00 18 October 2017


  • “There can be no doubt that we conduct both our personal and professional lives in a dynamic, disruptive and turbulent world. So how we adapt to these ever changing conditions and thrive at the same time? How do we achieve and sustain true success and fulfill our purpose. I believe that if we put the right processes in place in our lives we are absolutely able to achieve anything. In a recent study conducted by Havard Business School about the common characteristics found in successful people and businesses they showed that the most significant predictor in a persons ability to achieve and sustain true success was GRIT”

  • Professional Extreme Adventurer, Entrepreneur, Author & International Inspirational Speaker


    Peter van Kets is one of the world’s top endurance adventurers, a business keynote speaker and author. He takes the lessons learned from his expeditions and relates them to the business environment. His expedition stories are of survival, courage, perseverance, passion, loneliness, tenacity, amazing team work and the will to win. 

    Peter Van Kets is passionate about changing the way people think. His presentations enable people to unlock the potential greatness within themselves and their businesses.

    He is one of South Africa’s top endurance adventurers, an international speaker and author. He currently works around the world motivating and inspiring corporate, sales and executive leadership teams.

    Peter has led and taken part in many expeditions around the world, but in 2008 he made his name known in the world of extreme adventure by winning the pairs division of the 5500km unsupported Woodvale Trans-Atlantic Rowing Race.

    In  2010 Peter spent  76 days alone in a 7-meter rowing boat crossing the Atlantic. His epic

    5438 Km unsupported row across the Atlantic was a first for any African.  

    In 2012 Peter was part of a two man South African team that took part in an international 880km race across Antarctica to the South Pole.He has just returned from a world first 2-month dog sledding expedition on the island of Svalbard deep in the Arctic Circle. 

    He is also a family married to Kim (also an extreme endurance athlete) and they have a daughter Hannah. His personal inspirational story is one of survival, courage, perseverance, passion, loneliness, tenacity, amazing team work and the will to win. In his talks, Peter takes his lessons learned from the expeditions and relates them to the business environment. 

    Peter published his first book “The Eighth Summit” in 2014 which launched throughout South Africa and abroad and continues to sell across the world. 


    • Having a dream/vision for your life
    • Having a winning attitude
    • Surrounding yourself with the best possible team
    • Identifying partners who share your vision and passion
    • Knowing that with the right resources, there is a solution to every problem!
    • Setting clear and achievable goals
    • Being properly prepared
    • Not being paralysed by the fear of failure
    • Having a clear, but flexible strategy
    • Dealing positively with inevitable setbacks and frustrations
    • Being decisive
    • Making the move from external discipline to self-discipline.
    • Persevering
    • Focussing on staying positive
    • Riding the storm to your advantage
    • Remembering that things do come to an end
    • Focus on the small things and the big things fall into place
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