14 Inspirational Quotes From Sir Richard Branson

Advice from the hard-hitting business mogul

“Screw it! Let’s do it!” If that immensely-quotable line by Sir Richard Branson doesn’t get you off your ass and get to work, then nothing will.

He dropped a variant of his famous quote when he was in town recently for news channel ANC’s Leadership Forum: “What I would say to a young person — if they’re thinking of going into business, if you have a good idea, screw it, just do it.”

Sir Richard Branson is practically a rock star in the business world; a fitting moniker, as Branson is the founder of Virgin Records, which started out in the 70s as a mail-order record business that eventually grew into a music label and a chain of record stores.

The English business magnate’s Virgin brand saw massive growth in the 80s after he set up the airline Virgin Atlantic Airways and further expanded his Virgin Records music label. Today, his Virgin Group of Companies has more than 400 companies under its wing, including telecommunications company Virgin Mobile and commercial spaceline Virgin Galactic.

For his “services to entrepreneurship,” Branson was knighted at the Buckingham Palace on March 2000. But, as he has cautioned on multiple occasions, don’t ever call him “Sir Richard”, unless he’s actually starring in a Shakespearean play.

On July 2015, Forbes magazine revealed that Branson’s estimated net worth is a staggering US$5.2 billion (P239.78 billion). Here are some powerful words of wisdom which greatly exhibit the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the famed British business magnate — including one choice nugget from his insightful Philippine talk.

1.

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over, and it’s because you fall over that you learn to save yourself from falling over.”

2.

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;
courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
 — from the book, The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership

3.

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
 — from the book, The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership

4.

“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.”
 — from the book, Screw It, Let’s Do It: Lessons In Life

5.

“I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive, then I believe you are better off not doing it. A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”
 — from the book, Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way

6.

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

7.

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

8.

“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.’”

9.

“Happiness is the secret ingredient for successful businesses. If you have a happy company, it will be invincible.”

10.

“My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had — every day, I’m learning something new.”

11.

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

12.

“If you spot an opportunity and are really excited by it, throw yourself into it with everything you’ve got.”

13.

“Remember: It’s OK to be yourself.”

14.

“As a leader, you should be full of praise for people and rarely criticize. You have to be a good listener. Before you make a decision, listen, listen, listen.”

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