Richard Branson Quotes

Richard Branson Quotes.

Well, the odds must be against anybody being able to fl

Well, the odds must be against anybody being able to fly around the world in a balloon on the first attempt. All of us who are attempting to go around the world in balloons are effectively flying in experimental craft because these craft cannot be tested.
Richard Branson
Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.
Richard Branson
If you are a small company taking on a big company, you need to have a sense of humor.
Richard Branson
The signing of the Sex Pistols was a turning point for Virgin. It put the company on the map and, over the years, attracted bands such as Genesis, the Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz, and Janet Jackson. It also attracted Culture Club, who were ground-breaking.
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Devon holds a special place in my heart. As a child, I normally went on holiday to Bantham and have lots of happy memories from my time there. I used to catch sand eels in the early morning and go fishing for bass throughout the day. I remember a gull taking my bait.
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Had I pursued my education long enough to learn all the conventional dos and don’ts of starting a business, I often wonder how different my life and career might have been.
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We are going to transform Britain’s rail system from the worst in the world to the best. If you can do a few things like that, when the body gives out, you can say you’ve lived a good life.
Richard Branson
When exploring London, you will come across lots of excitement by chance, so try to take everything in rather than just rushing around to all of the major tourist haunts.
Richard Branson
I’ve been very lucky. I come from a very close family.
Richard Branson
If you look after your staff, they’ll look after your customers. It’s that simple.
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.’
Richard Branson
Well, I think that there’s a very thin dividing line between success and failure. And I think if you start a business without financial backing, you’re likely to go the wrong side of that dividing line.
Richard Branson
As a teenager, I went to Bali a lot, but it’s a long, long way from England. Which is why, when we bought Necker Island, we made it like a mini Bali.
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Listen more than you talk. Nobody learned anything by hearing themselves speak.
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I was dyslexic, I had no understanding of schoolwork whatsoever. I certainly would have failed IQ tests. And it was one of the reasons I left school when I was 15 years old. And if I – if I’m not interested in something, I don’t grasp it.
Richard Branson
There is no way I would ask others to go on a Virgin Galactic flight if I didn’t feel it was safe enough for myself.
Richard Branson
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.
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My father Ted fought in North Africa, Italy, and Germany during World War II. My grandfather survived the horrors of the trenches in World War I. I truly believe that one of the E.U.’s greatest achievements is that it has kept its members out of conflict in Europe.
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Play fair, be prepared for others to play dirty, and don’t let them drag you into the mud.
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From a young age, I learned to focus on the things I was good at and delegate to others what I was not good at. That’s how Virgin is run. Fantastic people throughout the Virgin Group run our businesses, allowing me to think creatively and strategically.
Richard Branson
If you’re embarking around the world in a hot-air balloon, don’t forget the toilet paper.
Richard Branson
I am convinced that companies should put staff first, customers second and shareholders third – ultimately that’s in the best interest of customers and shareholders.
Richard Branson
Right now I’m just delighted to be alive and to have had a nice long bath.
Richard Branson
Lightning is something which, again, we would rather avoid.
Richard Branson
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!
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Those who know me know I’m passionate about lists, and top of my list of priorities is my family. My wife Joan and I do not consider our legacy to our children to be wealth or fame but the opportunity to pursue happiness by following their own path.
Richard Branson
Well, we know that people in Australia love the idea of both Impulse and Virgin Blue getting up and adding a bit of competition, and it’s fun to be able to deliver it.
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My philosophy is that if I have any money I invest it in new ventures and not have it sitting around.
Richard Branson
As an entrepreneur, I have been known for taking risks throughout my career, but leaving the European Union is not one of the risks I would want the U.K. to take – not as an investor, not as a father, and not as a grandfather. I am deeply concerned about the impact of leaving.
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Every successful businessman will have experienced set-backs and failures – they’re lying if they say they haven’t. Virgin has had some tremendously successful businesses and some that have not quite worked out. Virgin Cola springs to mind – the product wasn’t distinct enough from Coca-Cola.
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One thing is certain in business. You and everyone around you will make mistakes.
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I love Africa, and Ulusaba, our home in South Africa, is pretty special. It’s on a rocky hill overlooking the bush, and from your room, you can see lions stalking zebras by the waterhole.
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All you have in business is your reputation – so it’s very important that you keep your word.
Richard Branson
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.
Richard Branson
I believe a good leader brings out the best in people by listening to them, trusting in them, believing in them, respecting them and letting them have a go.
Richard Branson
If you don’t have time for the small things, you won’t have time for the big things
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Material things are delightful, but they’re not important.
Richard Branson
There’s an inherent danger in letting people think that they have perfected something. When they believe they’ve ‘nailed it,’ most people tend to sit back and rest on their laurels while countless others will be labouring furiously to better their work!
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I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator.
Richard Branson
Through the right people focusing on the right things, we can, in time, get on top of a lot if not most of the problems of this world. And that’s what a number of us are trying to do.
Richard Branson
There’s nothing like the endorphins from being fit, and the incredible endorphin rush that goes with that.
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When we launched a new company, I reviewed the ads and marketing materials and asked those presenting the campaign to read everything aloud to test the phrasing and concept. If I could grasp it quickly, then it passed with muster. We would get our message across only if it was understandable at first glance.
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I always find the time to exercise – kitesurfing, tennis or cycling – and to spend time with my loved ones.
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I’m a bit like the Queen in that I don’t carry much cash.
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If you want to be a Millionaire, start with a billion dollars and launch a new airline.
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Capitalism has proven to be the only system that works, but the problem with capitalism is that extreme wealth ends up in the hands of a few people.
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I love to dance, but my children tell me I shouldn’t. Can’t see why.
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I’m a lad of the ’60s. I started a magazine to try and end the Vietnam war, but it was a number of years before I had the profile, the financial resources and the time to do more.
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Being a good listener is absolutely critical to being a good leader; you have to listen to the people who are on the front line.
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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?
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And you know, I’ve had great fun turning quite a lot of different industries on their head and making sure those industries will never be the same again, because Virgin went in and took them on.
Richard Branson
Just start. You will learn so many lessons just by doing.
Richard Branson
I love travelling full stop – so while I’ve had some harrowing instances, I never look at them negatively. Memories are made when you’re travelling – not when you’re chained to your desk.
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Overcoming fear is the first step to success for entrepreneurs. The winners all exemplify that, and the hard work and commitment they have shown underlines what is needed to set up a business.
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I always love going on a safari drive whenever I visit Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa. I’ve been fortunate to see so many incredible animals over the years, and each time, it’s completely different. Following Ulusaba’s pack of wild dogs is my highlight.
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You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.
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We have one planet in our solar system that’s habitable, and that’s the Earth, and space travel can transform things back here for the better. First of all, by just having people go to space and look back on this fragile planet we live on. People have come back transformed and have done fantastic things.
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I think it’s quite great to set yourself a big challenge, and then you’ve got another reason for keeping fit.
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The art of delegation is one of the key skills any entrepreneur must master.
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The best advice I could give anyone is to spend your time working on whatever you are passionate about in life.
Richard Branson
With the casino and the beds, our passengers will have at least two ways to get lucky on one of our flights.
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Success cannot be measured in wealth, fame or power, but by whether you have made a positive difference for others.
Richard Branson
In business, if you realize you’ve made a bad decision, you change it.
Richard Branson
Your employees are your company’s real competitive advantage. They’re the ones making the magic happen-so long as their needs are being met.
Richard Branson
Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.
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Nobody’s ever called me Sir Richard. Occasionally in America, I hear people saying Sir Richard and think there’s some Shakespearean play taking place. But nowhere else anyway.
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With Virgin, I’ve just loved creating things. And as a private company, I can get away with moving Virgin from records to airlines to train companies to space companies to whatever, without ever having to worry about analysts knocking the value of my stock.
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We believe that within five years, 96 percent of British consumers will have access to the Internet, whether it be through a personal computer, a set-top box or a mobile phone.
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I love creating hideaways. My idea is to go to the most beautiful, unspoilt places, buy the land, and make sure it is never damaged. I’ve always admired John D. Rockefeller, who bought up tracts of land to ensure they were left wild in perpetuity.
Richard Branson
The jet stream is a very strong force and pushing a balloon into it is like pushing up against a brick wall, but once we got into it, we found that, remarkably, the balloon went whatever speed the wind went.
Richard Branson
My favorite mode of transport is hot-air ballooning. It’s so graceful to be blown by the wind, to go where the wind takes you.
Richard Branson
We’re one of the only animals in the world that don’t really think of ourselves as animals, but we are animals, and we must respect our fellow animals.
Richard Branson
I love the freedom of movement that my phone gives me. That has definitely transformed my life.
Richard Branson
Be willing to use yourself to get out there and put the company on the market. If you have to make a fool of yourself, make a fool of yourself, but make sure that you end up on the front pages, not the back pages. In time, it’s possible that your company will stand out from the crowd, and you’ll be successful.
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In this digital age, it doesn’t really matter if you are in Canary Wharf or the Caribbean; there are opportunities waiting to be grasped by entrepreneurs.
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Although I’ve been living in the British Virgin Islands for some time now, I have never stopped caring passionately about the U.K. and its great people.
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Space has always fascinated me. As a young boy looking up at the stars, I found it impossible to resist thinking what was out there and if I ever would experience space first-hand.
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Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change.
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As a father and now a grandfather to three wonderful grandchildren, I know how magical the first year of a child’s life is but also how much hard work it takes. Being able to spend as much time as possible with your loved ones is absolutely vital, especially early on.
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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.
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I don’t think so, in that Virgin is already a global brand. Brands like Amazon have had to spend hundreds of millions of pounds you know, building their brands, whereas Virgin is already well-known around the world.
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Entrepreneurs are natural problem-solvers, which means that we always have ideas for new businesses popping into our heads. Having a lot of options is great, but sometimes it can be hard to focus on one when you are keen to move onto the next.
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Taking bold action on climate change simply makes good business sense. It’s also the right thing to do for people and the planet. Setting a net-zero GHG emissions target by 2050 will drive innovation, grow jobs, build prosperity, and secure a better world for what will soon be 9 billion people.
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The best way of learning about anything is by doing.
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Starting your own business isn’t just a job – it’s a way of life.
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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.
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I live half the year on Necker, a tiny island in the Caribbean, and it’s always full of people in party mode. Everyone comes up to the big house, and we’ll be dancing until the early hours to the island’s band, the Front Line.
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The first thing to look for when searching for a great employee is somebody with a personality that fits with your company culture. Most skills can be learned, but it is difficult to train people on their personality.
Richard Branson
My mother was determined to make us independent. When I was four years old, she stopped the car a few miles from our house and made me find my own way home across the fields. I got hopelessly lost.
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Like getting into a bleeding competition with a blood bank.
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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.
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We, we – as I say, we go in and shake up other industries and I think, you know, we do it differently and I think that industries are not quite the same as a result of Virgin attacking the market.
Richard Branson
Treat failure as a lesson on how not to approach achieving a goal, and then use that learning to improve your chances of success when you try again. Failure is only the end if you decide to stop.
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The way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers
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Fun is one of the most important – and underrated – ingredients in any successful venture. If you’re not having fun, then it’s probably time to call it quits and try something else.
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My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them.
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A good leader doesn’t get stuck behind a desk.
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When I was four, my mother insisted I get out of the car and find my own way home. Although I got lost, I did find my way home. It taught me the value of independence at an early age.
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If people aren’t calling you crazy, you aren’t thinking big enough.
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People from all over the world come to London wanting to make their own mark on it, and they add to the energy and vitality of the capital. It’s got a bit busier since the ’60s, but the more the merrier!
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Ridiculous yachts and private planes and big limousines won’t make people enjoy life more, and it sends out terrible messages to the people who work for them. It would be so much better if that money was spent in Africa – and it’s about getting a balance.
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We have teams of people working on electric cars. So you never know – you may find Virgin competing with the Tesla in the car business as we do in the space business.
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We’re introducing separate rooms with double beds in all of our planes so people can actually go with their partner and have a proper night’s sleep.
Richard Branson
You should not build your customer service system on the premise that your organisation will never question the whims of your clients.
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