Richard Branson is a British entrepreneur and investor, best known for his role as the founder and CEO of the Virgin Group. He was born on July 18, 1950, in Blackheath, London, England, and as of March 2023, he is still alive.
Branson’s entrepreneurial career began in the early 1970s, when he founded Virgin Records, a music label that quickly became one of the most successful and influential in the industry. He later expanded the Virgin brand into a wide range of businesses, including airlines, telecommunications, finance, and hospitality.
Over the course of his career, Branson has become known for his innovative business strategies, his willingness to take risks, and his commitment to social and environmental causes. He has been a vocal advocate for issues such as climate change, human rights, and education, and has donated millions of dollars to various charitable causes.
Branson has received numerous awards and accolades for his business and philanthropic work, including a knighthood from the British government in 1999. As of March 2023, he remains an active and influential figure in the world of business and philanthropy. He continues to lead the Virgin Group and to advocate for causes that he believes will have a positive impact on the world.
If you start a conversation with your mind made up, you may as well not bother.
See a glass half full as an opportunity to top it up, start a conversation and spark a new idea.
It is fascinating what people achieve when their perception of what is possible alters.
When entrepreneurial ideas are coupled with the right people, we can change the world.
A business is simply an idea to make other people’s lives better.
Find the right people to work with and you can’t go wrong.
Never just try to make money. Long-term success will never come if profit is the only aim.
Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.
Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.
Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.
The brands that will thrive in the coming years are the ones that have a purpose beyond profit.
Don’t be embarrassed by your failures. Learn from them and start all over again.
You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.
One thing is certain in business. You and everyone around you will make mistakes.
Hard-won things are more valuable than those that come too easily.
The one person who can make your business succeed is not an investor or even a mentor, it is you.
Fun is one of the most important and underrated ingredients in any successful venture.
You shouldn’t blindly accept a leader’s advice. You have got to question leaders on occasion.
If you want to stand out from the crowd, give people a reason not to forget you.
Building a business is not rocket science, it’s about having a great idea and seeing it through with integrity.
Please be polite. Nothing in life should erode the habit of saying thank you to people or praising them.
Right now I’m just delighted to be alive and to have had a nice long bath.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
My normal approach to life is to say screw it, let’s do it.
Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress.
Whatever your goal is you will never succeed unless you let go of your fears and fly.
To be successful you have to be out there, you have to hit the ground running.
I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator.
The balloons only have one life and the only way of finding out whether they work is to attempt to fly around the world.
You never know with these things when you’re trying something new what can happen. This is all experimental.
My philosophy is that if I have any money I invest it in new ventures and not have it sitting around.
If you want to be a Millionaire, start with a billion dollars and launch a new airline.
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!
My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them.
I’m prepared to try anything once.
A business has to be involving–it has to be fun. And, it has to exercise your creative instincts.
Entrepreneurship is about turning what excites you in life into capital, so that you can do more of it and move forward with it.
I believe that drudgery and clock-watching are a terrible betrayal of that universal, inborn entrepreneurial spirit.
The best, most solid way out of a crisis in a changing market is through experiment and adaptation.
The ability to listen, and the willingness to stick your neck out and ask the obvious question, are criminally underrated business essentials.
Remember to have fun. There is no point in being in business if it is not fun.
I think people shouldn’t underestimate the importance of design. Great design can be great marketing.
Don’t promise what you can’t deliver, and then deliver everything you promise. That’s the only way you’ll ever control your brand.
Virgin would not be the company it is today if we had not taken risks along the way. You really do have to believe in what you are doing.
Don’t be afraid to take calculated risks. Sometimes they turn out to be less dangerous than the sure thing.
There is a very thin dividing line between success and failure.
Should you decide to enter an already crowded segment you had better be ready to offer customer service that blows the competition away.
I have no secret. There are no rules to follow in business. I just work hard and, as I always have done, believe I can do it.
There is such a thing as enlightened self-interest, and we should encourage it. It is possible to turn a profit while making the world a better place.
Whatever we want to be, whatever we want to do, we can do it. Go ahead, take that first step – just do it. The best of luck to you, and have fun along the way.
I think entrepreneurship is our natural state – a big adult word that probably boils down to something much more obvious like “playfulness.
Given my well-known focus on business always being enjoyable and fun, the boundary between my work and my personal life does sometimes tend to blur a little.
Business requires astute decision-making and leadership. It requires discipline and innovation. It also needs attitude, a good sense of humor, and, dare I say it, luck.
I wanted to be an editor or a journalist, I wasn’t really interested in being an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going.