Richard Branson – Secrets to Success

Richard Branson Secrets to Success

Contents Summary

  • Career Advice Quotes by Richard Branson
  • Business Advice Quotes by Richard Branson
  • Leadership and Management Advice Quotes by Richard Branson
  • Secrets to Success Quotes by Richard Branson
  • Richard Branson Biography
  • Virgin Group
  • Interesting Facts and Insights about Richard Branson
  • Books about Richard Branson
  • Books by Richard Branson
  • Common Questions about Richard Branson
  • Books Recommended by Richard Branson
  • Videos about Richard Branson
  • Richard Branson Quotes

Career Advice Quotes by Richard Branson

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”

“Whatever your goal is you will never succeed unless you let go of your fears and fly.”

“Hard-won things are more valuable than those that come too easily.”

“To be successful you have to be out there, you have to hit the ground running.”

“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions in a way that serves the world and you.”

“Take a chance. It’s the best way to test yourself. Have fun and push your boundaries.”

“Communication: the thing humans forgot when we invented words.”

“Engage your emotions at work. Your instincts and emotions are there to help you.”

“There’s nothing like the endorphins from being fit, and the incredible endorphin rush that goes with that.”

“The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.”

– Richard Branson

Business Advice Quotes by Richard Branson

“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.”

“Cover the downside.”

“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”

“One thing is certain in business. You and everyone around you will make mistakes.”

“Learn from failure. If you are an entrepreneur and your first venture wasn’t a success, welcome to the club.”

“When you’re first thinking through an idea, it’s important not to get bogged down in complexity. Thinking simply and clearly is hard to do.”

“If you don’t have time for the small things, you won’t have time for the big things.”

“My definition of success? The more you’re actively and practically engaged, the more successful you will feel.”

“Your company should act as a springboard for ambitious employees, not a set of shackles.”

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

“All you have in business is your reputation – so it’s very important that you keep your word.”

“Entrepreneurship is a great leveler, The wonderful thing is that money is not the sole currency when it comes to starting a business; drive, determination, passion and hard work are all free and more valuable than a pot of cash.”

– Richard Branson

Leadership Advice Quotes by Richard Branson

“Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress.”

“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”

“I have always believed that the way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers and that people flourish when they are praised.”

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

“How slim the line is between genius and insanity and between determination and stubbornness.”

“Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress.”

“Remember it’s OK to be yourself.”

” Find the right people to work with and you can’t go wrong.”

“The art of delegation is one of the key skills any entrepreneur must master.”

“If you’re hurt, lick your wound and get up again. If you’ve given it your absolute best, it’s time to move forward.”

“We need every person on Earth to acknowledge that climate change is real and encourage each other and our leaders to address the challenge.”

“Especially when you’re at a high level in an organization, criticism can be devastating to an employee. I prefer to praise employees for what they’re doing right, and it tends to lead to them doing more of the same. Not always, but it’s the way I choose to bet.”

“The best way of learning about anything is by doing.”

– Richard Branson

Secrets to Success Quotes by Richard Branson

“My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, ’Oh God, I’ve got to do this today.’”

“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you.”

“Learn from failure. If you are an entrepreneur and your first venture wasn’t a success, welcome to the club.”

“I’m inquisitive, and love a new challenge.”

“Starting your own business isn’t just a job, it’s a way of life.”

“I’ve seen life as one long learning process.”

“All you have in business is your reputation – so it’s very important that you keep your word.”

“I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It’s done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer.”

“I cannot remember a moment in my life when I have not felt the love of my family. We were a family that would have killed for each other – and we still are.”

“Entrepreneurship isn’t just a label – it’s a lifestyle.”

“My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you’re moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again.”

“Don’t think what’s the cheapest way to do it or what’s the fastest way to do I, think ‘what’s the most amazing way to do it.”

“Do good, have fun and the money will come.”

“From my very first day as an entrepreneur, I’ve felt the only mission worth pursuing in business is to make people’s lives better.”

“Don’t become a slave to technology, manage your phone, don’t let it manage you.”

“I love the freedom of movement that my phone gives me. That has definitely transformed my life.”

“As soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live.”

“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!”

“Entrepreneurship isn’t just a label – it’s a lifestyle.”

“Most people would assume my business success, and the wealth that comes with it, have brought me happiness. But I know I am successful, wealthy, and connected because I am happy.”

“A passionate belief in your business and personal objectives can make all the difference between success and failure. If you aren’t proud of what you’re doing, why should anybody else be?”

“If your dreams don’t scare you they are too small.”

– Richard Branson

Richard Branson Biography

Richard Branson (born 1950) is a British business magnate and investor. He founded the Virgin Group in the 1970s, which controls more than 400 companies in various fields.

Branson’s first business venture, at the age of 16, was a magazine called Student. In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business and then a chain of record stores, under the Virgin Records name. Later, his Virgin Atlantic business helped to further increase Branson’s Virgin brand. In 2004, he founded spaceflight corporation Virgin Galactic, designed for space tourism.

Richard Branson was placed in Time’s “100 Most Influential People in The World” list, and his estimated net worth is over US$5.1 billion.

Interesting Facts and Insights about Richard Branson

  • Born: Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, 18 July 1950, Blackheath, London, England.
  • Parents: His mother was a former ballet dancer and air hostess, and his father was a barrister.
  • Grandfather: Richard Branson’s grandfather, was a judge of the High Court of Justice and a Privy Councillor.
  • Dyslexia: Branson has dyslexia which led to his poor school performance.
  • Headmaster: Richard Branson’s headmaster told him he would either end up in prison or become a millionaire.
  • Student: Branson launched his first successful business, a magazine named Student, in 1966.
  • Record business: Branson started his record business which sold records for considerably less than the “High Street” outlets.
  • Nik Powell: Nik Powell (born, 1950) was one of the co-founders of the Virgin Group with Richard Branson.
  • Virgin: The “Virgin” brand began with a record shop in 1970. It was chosen because the founders considered themselves virgins in business. The Founders were Richard Branson and Nik Powell.
  • Virgin Records: Virgin Records was established in 1972. It became one of the UK’s major recording labels until it was sold to EMI in 1992.
  • Virgin Atlantic: Alan Hellary, Richard Branson, and Randolph Fields launched Virgin Atlantic in 1984.
  • Virgin Trains: In 1993, Richard Branson entering the railway business. Virgin Trains won the franchises for the former Intercity West Coast and Cross-Country sectors of British Rail.
  • Failed business ventures: Branson has been involved in a number of failed business ventures, such as Virgin Cola, Virgin Cars, Virgin Publishing, Virgin Clothing, and Virgin Brides.
  • Virgin Galactic: In 2004, Richard Branson founded spaceflight corporation Virgin Galactic, based at Mojave Air and Space Port, noted for the SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane.
  • Sir Richard: In 2000, Branson was knighted at Buckingham Palace for “services to entrepreneurship”.
  • Virgin Group: Virgin Group subsidiaries and investments include:
    • Virgin Active – Health, Gym Chain
    • Virgin Atlantic – Travel, Airline
    • Virgin Australia Holdings – Travel, Airline
    • Virgin Books – Publishing
    • Virgin Care – Health
    • Virgin Connect – Media
    • Virgin Experience Days – Hospitality
    • Virgin Galactic – Travel, Aerospace
    • Virgin Holidays – Travel, Tour Operator
    • Virgin Hotels – Travel, Hotel Chain
    • Virgin Hyperloop One – Travel, High-speed rail
    • Virgin Limited Edition – Travel, Hotel Chain
    • Limobike – Travel, Motorbike Taxi
    • Virgin Megastores – Retail
    • Virgin Mobile – Communications
    • Virgin Money – Banking
    • Virgin Oceanic – Travel, Undersea
    • Virgin Orbit – Aerospace
    • Virgin Pulse 100% Business Services
    • Virgin Racing – Motorsport
    • Virgin Radio – Entertainment, Radio
    • Virgin Rail Group – Travel, Trains
    • Virgin Sports – Sports
    • Virgin Trains USA – Travel, Trains
    • Virgin Unite – Charity
    • Virgin Startup – Charity
    • Virgin Vacations – Travel, Tour Operator
    • Virgin Voucher – Retail
    • Virgin Voyages – Travel, Cruise line
  • Necker Island: In 2017, Branson’s Necker Island home, in the British Virgin Islands, was left uninhabitable after Hurricane Irma hit.
  • Climate change pledge: In 2006, Branson made a pledge to invest $3 billion in addressing global warming over the course of the following decade.

Virgin Group

The Virgin Group is a British multinational venture capital conglomerate founded by entrepreneurs Sir Richard Branson and Nik Powell. Virgin’s business and trading activities date back to the 1970s.

The brand name “Virgin” began with a record shop. They considered themselves virgins in business. Branson has described the “V” in the logo as an expressive tick, representing the Virgin seal of approval.

“Learn from failure. If you are an entrepreneur and your first venture wasn’t a success, welcome to the club.”

– Richard Branson

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“Take a chance. It’s the best way to test yourself. Have fun and push your boundaries.”

– Richard Branson

Books about Richard Branson

  • Richard Branson 217 Success Facts – Everything you need to know about Richard Branson, by Ann Cherry, 2014
  • The Richard Branson Handbook – Everything You Need To Know About Richard Branson, by Ann Mendoza, 2016
  • Branson, by Tom Bower, 2008

Books by Richard Branson

  • Losing My Virginity, by Richard Branson, 1998
  • Screw It, Let’s Do It, by Richard Branson, 2006
  • The Virgin way: everything I know about Leadership, by Richard Branson, 2014
  • Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur, by Richard Branson, 2008
  • Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School, by Richard Branson, 2012
  • Reach for the Skies: Ballooning, Birdmen and Blasting Into Space, by Richard Branson, 2010
  • Globalization Laid Bare: Lessons in International Business, by Alan Greenspan and Richard Branson, 2009
  • Let’s Not Screw It, Let’s Just Do It, by Richard Branson, 2007
  • Arctic Diary: Surviving on Thin Ice, by Richard Branson and Sam Branson, 2007
  • Screw Business as Usual, by Richard Branson, 2011

Books Recommended by Richard Branson

  • Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Succeed in Work + Life, by Chase Jarvis, 2019
  • The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Businesses, and Our Lives, by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, 2013
  • Moonshots: Creating a World of Abundance Hardcover, by Naveen Jain, 2018
  • Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill Paperback, by Matthieu Ricard, 2007
  • The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman, 2008
  • Long Walk to Freedom, by Nelson Mandela, 1994
  • An Inconvenient Truth, by Al Gore, 2006
  • The Revenge of Gaia, by James Lovelock, 2006

Common Questions about Richard Branson

  • What is Richard Branson’s net worth?
    • Sir Richard Branson’s net worth stands at an estimated at about $4.0 billion.
  • How much did Richard Branson pay for his island?
    • Branson’s Necker Island, in the British Virgin Islands, purchase cost was $120,000.

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“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”

– Richard Branson

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