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In business, you will never get everything right the first time. Learn to dust yourself off and get up quickly when things don't go your way. But I've always tried to learn from my mistakes and see challenges as opportunities.feedback
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Richard Branson has been quoted 266 times. The one recent article where Richard Branson has been quoted is 3 things Richard Branson learned about business by watching babies learn to walk. Most recently, Richard Branson was quoted as having said, “Playing an active role as a father and a grandfather has taught me so much and definitely made me a better businessman.”.
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Richard Branson quotes

Nov 09 2017

If you look for the best in people, if you motivate people, if you praise people, if you don't criticize people – these are all the skills that are needed to be a great leader.feedback

Oct 27 2017

One of the advantages I suppose you could say of Saudi being sort of not open – not open at all, really, since 1979 – has been that these pristine places have been preserved. I want to help give my advice as to how to develop it so that in 50 years' time, people can go and see it as virgin and beautiful.feedback

Oct 26 2017

We are now just months away from Virgin Galactic sending people into space and Virgin Orbit placing satellites around the Earth.feedback

Oct 26 2017

Virgin "will remain majority shareholders.feedback

Oct 25 2017

It's a great airline and people love it. I think it is very foolish to absorb it.feedback

Oct 20 2017

I've spent quite a lot of time trying to make sure that I can close my eyes one day and feel I lived a good life.feedback

Oct 20 2017

The most important skills I had to learn to be successful were people skills. My mother, Eve, is my biggest inspiration, my most encouraging champion, and my greatest sounding board. Thank you mum for motivating me each and every day on my life; for teaching me that not even the sky's the limit; and that impossible is just a word.feedback

Oct 19 2017

You need to be a great listener as well. [I] hate hearing leaders just pontificating their own views and not listening to other people. You need to write down what you hear from other people.feedback

Oct 19 2017

The key to success in business is all about people, people, people. It should go without saying, if you look after your people, your customers and bottom line will be rewarded too.feedback

Oct 18 2017

I am Dr. Yes and sometimes [my executives] give me a reason why maybe I am getting a bit too enthusiastic on occasions. Ultimately though, the buck stops with me and sometimes I will say, well, screw it let's do it. I don't care about what the figures say, we will prove them wrong. I have been motivated by creating products that make a real difference in the world and in people's lives. The end result of that is that if you create something exceptional, it actually ends up being something very valuable.feedback

Oct 18 2017

I realized that most likely I was financially secure, but that financial security then enabled me to go on to do airlines and lots of other businesses and make a difference to people's lives in other areas.feedback

Oct 18 2017

What I love doing is creating things I can be proud of, and if you create things that you can be proud of, the byproduct of that can be that you become a millionaire or you become a billionaire, because people like what you've created.feedback

Oct 18 2017

You can go to one set of accountants and they will tell you why you are going to make money and another one will tell you how you are going to lose money. You have just got to create the best airline or the best train company or the best health clubs or the best mobile phone company and then if it is the best, then at the end of the year more money will come in than goes out.feedback

Oct 18 2017

Fortunately, I'm a great believer in keeping fit and healthy.feedback

Oct 18 2017

I only have one life and if we can pull this off it will be extraordinary and make so much difference to so many people. You'll go into space, we've got big windows to unbuckle, float about, become an astronaut.feedback

Oct 18 2017

You actually replicate how your body is going to feel as you go from north of 3000 miles an hour in seconds, so that's quite a thrust heading up.feedback

Oct 18 2017

In testing the boundaries of human capabilities and technologies, we are standing on the shoulders of giants. Yesterday, we fell short. We are determined to honor the bravery of the pilots and teams here by learning from this tragedy. Only then can we move forward, united behind a collective desire to push the boundaries of human endeavor.feedback

Oct 18 2017

I think I'm ready for it and obviously I've waited a long time for it so I'm thoroughly looking forward to it.feedback

Oct 18 2017

I called Sir Michael on the number given. He told me it was an incredibly sensitive matter and that he wanted to be sure there was nobody else in the room whilst I talked to him.feedback

Oct 18 2017 - Trump Presidency

He invited me to lunch or dinner at his house, and he had just been bankrupt. I thought we would have an interesting conversation about a whole range of issues, and he just spent the whole lunch talking about five people he rung up to try to get help from ... and how these people had refused to help him and how his life's mission was to going to be to destroy these people.feedback

Oct 18 2017

The sad thing is that Virgin America has been voted best airline in the states 12 years in a row by Conde Nast Traveler. And it's a great airline and I think people love it. I think Alaska is very foolish to just absorb it. Watch this space … I don't normally take these things lying down. I wasn't allowed to have the voting shares by the American government because I had an English accent. America said you can set up and run an airline, but you can't have the voting shares.feedback

Oct 18 2017

Virgin Atlantic put the Virgin Group on the map. Big companies often do this: they buy something because it's doing so well, and then they castrate it.feedback

Oct 18 2017 - Amazon

Elon is absolutely fixated on going to Mars and I think it's his life mission. Jeff and ourselves [at the Virgin Group] are more interested in how we can use space to benefit the Earth.feedback

Oct 18 2017 - Amazon

I think space needs a lot of companies doing lots of different things to benefit the Earth back here.feedback

Oct 18 2017 - Amazon

There are thousands of people who would love the opportunity of becoming astronauts and going into space.feedback

Oct 18 2017

He was someone who understood the little details of the airline industry that make all the difference.feedback

Oct 18 2017

Brett's plan was delivered to my door the next morning. I've always liked people who move fast, too.feedback

Oct 18 2017

If you want to do anything in Australia, let me know and we'll see what we can do.feedback

Oct 18 2017

[I] saw how he dealt with people in a personable manner and got the best out of them.feedback

Oct 18 2017

When the call happened, the conman did an extremely accurate impression of me and spun a big lie about urgently needing a loan while I was trying to mobilize aid in the BVI (British Virgin Islands).feedback

Oct 18 2017

This story sounds like it has come straight out of a John le Carre book or a James Bond film, but it is sadly all true.feedback

Oct 18 2017

I was asked to contribute $5 million of the ransom money, which he assured me the British government would find a way of paying back. They claimed I couldn't get hold of my bank in the UK because I didn't have any communications going to Europe and I'd only just managed to make a satellite call to the businessman in America. The business person, incredibly graciously, gave $2 million, which promptly disappeared.feedback

Oct 18 2017

The business person, incredibly graciously, gave $2 million, which promptly disappeared.feedback

Oct 17 2017

As we stood up to leave I noticed the red buttons on his desk. Obama saw me looking at them. He said, They used to be there for emergencies, but now I use them for ordering tea for my guests.feedback

Oct 17 2017

He has spent his life being cautious and told me he couldn't believe how stupid he had been.feedback

Oct 17 2017

There has been a big rise in fake ad scams online recently, and I'd urge everyone to look out for them and report any you see. It's not just online it can happen – it could be on the phone or even in person. But this one really takes the biscuit!feedback

Oct 17 2017

When the call happened, the conman did an extremely accurate impression of me and spun a big lie about urgently needing a loan while I was trying to mobilize aid in the BVI. They claimed I couldn't get hold of my bank in the UK because I didn't have any communications going to Europe and I'd only just managed to make a satellite call to the businessman in America.feedback

Oct 14 2017

If our positions were reversed, I would have talked to him and tried to collaborate rather than sweep the deal from under him.feedback

Oct 14 2017

I was saddened that Elon didn't consider working with Larry and me.feedback

Oct 14 2017

We could have achieved even more by working together. After all, we are friends.feedback

Oct 14 2017

I think it's more likely that I will go into space before I get into my pod. I know this project will interest you greatly.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Tesla

Earlier this summer I was fortunate to visit the site and see first-hand the exciting technology being tested. I was very impressed and now look forward to helping turn this cutting edge engineering into a global passenger service.feedback

Oct 12 2017

With Virgin Hyperloop One, passengers and cargo will be loaded into a pod, and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. We're incredibly excited about the technology behind Virgin Hyperloop One and the way it could transform passengers' lives.feedback

Oct 10 2017

I've never been one for reserve and Barack and Michelle were eager to do away with formalities, too. When one of our team asked how to address the former First Lady, she gleefully shouted, Michelle! It's so nice to have my name back after eight years.feedback

Oct 10 2017

When they left, Michelle told us it was the first time she had felt teary at the end of a holiday.feedback

Oct 10 2017 - Trump Presidency

I asked [Barack] how hopeful he was for the future, and he told me Michelle was more of a glass half-empty attitude, whereas he is a more glass half-full type of person. While all the news coming out of the US was about Trump trying to dismantle all Barack had worked so hard for, his attitude was just to get on with his life, have a well-deserved holiday and recharge ready to work – I'm sure, tirelessly – when he returned to the US.feedback

Oct 10 2017

One of the first stories Barack told me when he and Michelle arrived on Moskito Island was how, just before he became President, he had been surfing on a dangerous break in Hawaii. When he came in from an exhilarating session, the new head of his security team turned to him and said: 'This will be the last time you surf for eight years.' For the next eight years he didn't have the chance to surf, enjoy water sports or do many of the things he loved.feedback

Oct 10 2017

A lot of exciting new innovations are going to be created, which will generate a lot of opportunities and a lot of wealth, but there is a real danger it could also reduce the amount of jobs. This will make experimenting with ideas like basic income even more important in the years to come.feedback

Oct 10 2017

By and large, people who live in [Nordic] countries have that basic security, and from that basic security they can be adventurous and they are being adventurous.feedback

Oct 10 2017

Obviously AI is a challenge to the world in that there's a possibility that it will take a lot of jobs away. ... It's up to all of us to be entrepreneurially minded enough to create those new jobs.feedback

Oct 10 2017

Rather than getting themselves into a dangerous situation, I decided to introduce them to the pitfalls of betting personally. I thought learning a few hard-hitting lessons in an atmosphere of hedonism and wild abandon could actually be effective. There's a saying in Vegas, The house always wins.' And that's true; the only people who make any money out of casinos are the owners. And they make plenty of it.feedback

Oct 10 2017

There in front of us was a huge pile of winnings.feedback

Oct 10 2017

That's the thing about gambling. Everyone thinks that they can win...But, in fact, it takes no time at all for all that hard-earned money to disappear into thin air.feedback

Oct 02 2017

I don't want to be in the same room with that guy for the rest of my life. I wasn't happy with him.feedback

Oct 02 2017

I didn't realize the word 'gold digger' was used on the show to mean someone who doesn't need the investment money but comes on Shark Tank for the free publicity. I tried to fight for [Kim's] honour, and Mark called me out for not understanding the show.feedback

Oct 02 2017

I playfully threw a little water over him, thinking he was giving me the go signal to do so. But he wasn't at all impressed with the impromptu shower, so threw some water right back at me.feedback

Oct 02 2017 - Facebook

Thoughts with all affected by the terrible attack in #LasVegas. Keep safe & look out for one another.feedback

Oct 01 2017

This is an incredibly exciting time in the country's history, and I've always felt that there's nothing like getting a first-hand impression.feedback

Sep 24 2017

On average, each entrepreneur who leaves the Branson Centre generates four new jobs that support four new families. That grass roots impact of job creation cannot be underestimated.feedback

Sep 24 2017

Jamaica is brimming with hungry entrepreneurs with a sense of passion for business. Jamaicans have a strong sense of creativity and entrepreneurialism.feedback

Sep 16 2017

While we are incredibly thankful for everything being done to help the BVI communities, more help is needed … These islands now really need the level of support only a large organisation with significant disaster management experience can provide to come in and help.feedback

Sep 14 2017

We have similar views on people and humanity and how the world is.feedback

Sep 12 2017

There is an extreme sense of urgency to get food, water and aid supplies into the BVI, and we are bringing as much as we can. Once people have these, restoring order and calm to the islands will be far quicker and simpler.feedback

Sep 12 2017

It's been truly heartwarming to witness the global outpouring of support for the communities across the Caribbean that have been hit hardest by Hurricane Irma. We've received hundreds of emails from people across the world who share our love of the BVI and its wonderful people and who are willing to make their resources available to help in whichever way they can.feedback

Sep 12 2017

We are trying as hard as possible to get as much food, water and aid in as possible.feedback

Sep 12 2017

I must repeat the unique nature of the challenge in the BVI, which suffered under the full effect of the strongest Category '7' hurricane ever to hit the Atlantic.feedback

Sep 12 2017

The lack of communications within the BVI remains a large problem. Without reliable communications it is really difficult to be able to help people. We now have a satellite phone with WiFi that we hope will work – if it does I will be able to stay on in the BVI. If not, I will need to soon return to Puerto Rico to continue mobilising aid.feedback

Sep 11 2017

Much of the buildings and vegetation on Necker has been destroyed or badly damaged. This story is about the tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods. We have spent the past two days visiting team members who live on Virgin Gorda and as many people as possible, distributing aid, water and supplies. We have seen first-hand just how ferocious and unforgiving this storm was.feedback

Sep 11 2017 - Climate change

Man-made climate change is contributing to increasingly strong hurricanes causing unprecedented damage. The whole world should be scrambling to get on top of the climate change issue before it is too late – for this generation, let alone the generations to come.feedback

Sep 11 2017

The boats are piled up like matchsticks in the harbour. Huge cargo ships were thrown out of the water and into rocks. Resorts have been decimated. The houses have their roofs blown off; even some churches where people sheltered have lost roofs.feedback

Sep 11 2017

Governments – the UK in the British Virgin Islands, the US in the US Virgin Islands - need to do all they can to help people here who have lost their homes and in many cases will have lost their livelihoods after the storm.feedback

Sep 11 2017 - Women

We were there today and we were in the line wanting to go and once again it was ripped away, it was terribly isolating. We were just sitting there totally abandoned.feedback

Sep 11 2017

What makes the Virgin Islands unique is its isolated location – every island has been devastated, so there is no support to come from nearby. We must get more help to the islands to rebuild homes and infrastructure and restore power, clean water and food supplies.feedback

Sep 11 2017

The BVI needs an enormous amount of help to recover from the widespread devastation.feedback

Sep 08 2017

All of the team who stayed on Necker and Moskito during the hurricane are safe and well. We took shelter from the strongest hurricane ever inside the concrete cellar on Necker and very, very fortunately it held firm. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the disaster elsewhere in the BVI, Caribbean and beyond.feedback

Sep 08 2017 - Red Cross

I would urge everyone to donate to the British Red Cross through Virgin Money Giving (who are waiving their fees in support of the appeal) to help local communities.feedback

Sep 08 2017

I know we are fortunate here on Necker and Moskito. Our wonderful team are fine. I know we will all band together and rebuild the islands to become stronger and even more wonderful than they were before.feedback

Sep 08 2017

All of us slept together in two rooms. I haven't had a sleepover quite like it since I was a kid.feedback

Sep 08 2017

It may sound strange, but I consider hurricanes one of the wonders of the natural world. Two powerful hurricanes, Earl and Otto, hit the BVI in 2010 and caused extensive damage. I beheld nature at its most ferocious. The power of the sea breaking over the cliff tops, the eerie hush when you are in the eye of the hurricane and then the roar of the winds, the lightning and the rain.feedback

Sep 08 2017

All of the team who stayed on Necker and Moskito during the hurricane are safe and well. We took shelter from the strongest hurricane ever inside the concrete cellar on Necker and very, very fortunately it held firm. I have never seen anything like this hurricane. Necker and the whole area have been completely and utterly devastated. We are still assessing the damage, but whole houses and trees have disappeared. Outside of the bunker, bathroom and bedroom doors and windows have flown 40 feet away.feedback

Sep 08 2017

Very concerned for our friends and everyone on the neighbouring islands and people in its path. Please don't take this hurricane lightly if it is heading your way. If your building is not very solid, do find somewhere safe! Homes can be rebuilt but lives can't.feedback

Sep 08 2017

It is a traumatic time here in the British Virgin Islands. I have never seen anything like this hurricane.feedback

Sep 07 2017

Knowing our wonderful team as I do, I suspect there will be little wine left in the cellar when we all emerge.feedback

Sep 06 2017

We are expecting to get the full force of the hurricane in around five hours' time, when we will retreat to a concrete wine cellar under the Great House. On Necker Island we have constructed really strong buildings (with hurricane blinds) that should be able to handle extreme weather pretty well, though with a Category 5 hurricane almost nothing can withstand it. We had some lovely guests staying on Necker Island who have cut their trip short for safety reasons, and another group of guests have also postponed.feedback

Sep 06 2017

I will be on Necker alongside our team, as I have been on the three times we have had hurricanes over the past 30 years. Generally speaking, we have one hurricane in the British Virgin Islands around every 10 years. Fortunately, most of them drift north of us, but this one is coming straight for us, with the eye of the storm heading straight for Necker, Moskito Island and Virgin Gorda. Obviously things can change – hopefully they do, as a category 5 hurricane hasn't hit the BVI (British Virgin Islands) full on before.feedback

Sep 05 2017

Whatever happens, keep inside, away from the ocean and away from flying debris.feedback

Sep 05 2017

We had some lovely guests staying on Necker Island who have cut their trip short for safety reasons, and another group of guests have also postponed. I will be on Necker alongside our team, as I have been on the three times we have had hurricanes over the past 30 years.feedback

Aug 29 2017

The benefits of dreaming far outweigh the perceived risks, because the value of dreaming isn't just measured by the outcome, but the inspiration that comes from the journey of achieving the dream.feedback

Aug 29 2017

Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear. Very few people ever made a great idea come to life without a lot of help. If you share your dream with like-minded people who share your passion, you could take your dream places you never imagined going.feedback

Aug 29 2017

The odds have often been stacked against us. But by not limiting ourselves to what we have been told to be true, we have been able to make the impossible possible.feedback

Aug 29 2017

You'll be able to see the bigger picture much easier.feedback

Aug 29 2017

But those who achieve great things are the ones willing to be scared but not scared off.feedback

Aug 29 2017 - Facebook

Opportunities are like buses, there's always another one coming.feedback

Aug 28 2017 - Facebook

There's never been a point in my career in which I've felt I've 'made it'. The way I see it, life is all about striving and growing. I never want to have made it; I want to continue making it!feedback

Aug 25 2017

I think work should be fun. It should be enjoyable. It should be satisfying. Too many companies don't realize the monotony of a lot of people's day-to-day life at work. … I try to encourage chief executives worldwide to make sure that there's as much flexibility in the workplace as possible.feedback

Aug 22 2017

Far too many people spend too much time looking in the rear-view mirror, worrying about where they went wrong, and get distracted from the road ahead. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but if you spend too much time wallowing on what's behind you, you'll never end up where you want to be.feedback

Aug 16 2017 - Unemployment

The initiative aims to reduce unemployment and poverty while cutting red tape, allowing people to pursue the dignity and purpose of work without the fear of losing their benefits by taking a low-paid job.feedback

Aug 16 2017 - Facebook

In the modern world, everybody should have the opportunity to work and to thrive. One idea that could help make this a reality is a universal basic income. This concept should be further explored to see how it can work practically.feedback

Aug 16 2017 - Facebook

What I took away from the talks was the sense of self-esteem that universal basic income could provide to people. The hope is that policies like these can help people struggling just to survive and allow them to get on their feet, be entrepreneurial and be more creative. At the moment, the trials that have taken place have been local in size and vary in how they've been implemented. So we've still got far to go before we can prove they can work on a larger scale.feedback

Aug 07 2017

I lived, worked and played in the houseboat, conducting meetings while I was babysitting and making sure I was around my kids as much as possible. Some of our happiest days, and greatest business deals, took place on the houseboat. The phones may be updated but the attitude remains the same.feedback

Aug 04 2017 - Christmas

It was Christmas time. It became known as the BA Christmas bonus – we distributed it to all our staff equally.feedback

Aug 04 2017

I might get the neighbor next door to taste the food first.feedback

Aug 04 2017

But it hasn't always been easy and during those 33 years.feedback

Jul 27 2017 - Air France

As I get a little older, I want to be certain that all the necessary building blocks are in place for Virgin Atlantic to continue to prosper and grow for the next 50 years.feedback

Jul 21 2017 - Facebook

Thus, with contributors, advertisers, distributors and costs all in place – at least on paper – I had written my first business plan.feedback

Jul 21 2017 - Facebook

All these ideas were far too 'revolutionary' to be aired in the school magazine, The Stoic, a name which seemed only too apt to its long-suffering readers. We then thought about linking up with other schools that had similar rules. Gradually the idea of an inter-school publication, Student magazine, was hatched.feedback

Jul 21 2017

If you aren't making a positive difference to other people's lives, then you shouldn't be in business.feedback

Jul 21 2017

If your staff are having fun and genuinely care about other people, they will enjoy their work more and do a better job. Find people who look for the best in others, praise rather than criticise, and love what they do. Rather than sitting in front of a screen all your life, switch off the TV or the computer and go out into the world.feedback

Jul 21 2017

Those people who spend their time working on things they love are usually the ones enjoying life the most. They are also the ones who dared to take a risk and chase their dreams.feedback

Jul 21 2017

Some people will react to success by trying to hang onto your coat tails. The best thing you can do is to not only ignore them, but to prove them wrong in every single way.feedback

Jul 21 2017

If you don't write down your ideas, they could be gone by the morning.feedback

Jul 21 2017

If you aren't proud of your idea and believe in your plans, why should anybody else? If you're not having fun, then it's probably time to try something else. On every adventure I have been on – whether setting up a business, flying around the world in a balloon or racing across the ocean in a boat – there have been moments when the easy thing to do would be to give up. Write down every single idea you have, no matter how big or small. Having a belief that no one can do it as well as you is ignorance. The world is full of talented people.feedback

Jul 21 2017

If you find people who can take on tasks you aren't good at, it frees you up to plan for the future.feedback

Jul 19 2017

Most people who set off in business without financial backing fail at some time in their lives. I've only just stayed at the right side of that dividing line. I'm a great believer in just getting out there and trying. Screw it, just do it.feedback

Jul 18 2017

I think it is more a sadness. Genuinely. I have tons of friends who are Americans and they are all incredibly well-meaning people – they are as disappointed as we all are.feedback

Jul 18 2017

But Americans are stepping into the breach – cities, businesses. And going to do everything they can to keep America on track and deliver the change pledges that were made in Paris. So there is by no means any guarantee we will change his mind.feedback

Jul 18 2017 - Climate change

America is full of brilliant, brilliant people with brilliant minds who want to do the right thing. The sad thing is that some of the things that are coming out of the Trump administration seem to be anything but that. And obviously, seeing as today we are talking about climate change, it was America first and our beautiful globe last. And it does seem incredibly sad.feedback

Jul 18 2017

I don't think I have any influence over him.feedback

Jul 15 2017 - Climate change

With climate change, it's America first and our beautiful globe last, and that seems incredibly said. I've got a feeling that the president is regretting what he did. Maybe his children and son in law [adviser Jared Kushner] are saying, Look, I told you so.' Hopefully there is a positive change of mind.feedback

Jul 15 2017 - Clean energy

Coal mining is not the nicest of jobs. I'd suggest that the government should help coal miners move into alternative jobs, such as clean energy. Clean energy needs hundreds of thousands of people. That would be good for the coal miners, good for America and good for the world.feedback

Jul 15 2017 - Clean energy

I was told 10 years ago it wasn't possible to get across the Atlantic with a plane carrying a battery powered by clean energy before 2050, because of the weight of it and so on. But the way things are moving, it's quite possible that a battery driven plane could carry a plane full of passengers across the Atlantic by 2030. The airline industry could tick that box [on reducing emissions] before some other industries.feedback

Jul 15 2017

Trump had hundreds of the most influential business leaders in the world speaking to him and he ignored them, so there's no guarantee that he'll change his mind. Who knows what goes in there. The Paris decision was a bizarre mistake.feedback

Jul 14 2017

I reached out to people who possessed the skills I lacked and asked them for help.feedback

Jul 13 2017

Take a look at one of your old diaries. Have you achieved a lofty goal that you wrote down?feedback

Jul 12 2017 - Netflix

Freed from the daily stresses of my working life, I find more likely to have insights into old problems.feedback

Jul 11 2017 - Amazon

I seriously doubt that I would have been as successful in my career ... if I hadn't always placed importance on my health and fitness.feedback

Jul 10 2017

It doesn't matter how you record your notes – as long as you do. When inspiration calls, you've got to capture it.feedback

Jul 06 2017

Write down every single idea you have, no matter how big or small.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - Facebook

I have always been an early riser. Like keeping a positive outlook, or keeping fit, waking up early is a habit, which you must work on to maintain. Over my 50 years in business I have learned that if I rise early I can achieve so much more in a day, and therefore in life.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - China

We've started today flying into Hong Kong from Melbourne. We hope to get slots into Hong Kong from Sydney and Brisbane. We also hope to be able to open up other Chinese cities as well.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - Brexit

Trade protectionism is so unhealthy. What happened with Brexit is a terrible, terrible thing for Great Britain and Europe and will set back Great Britain and may take several years to recover.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - China

China is extremely important, every year the number of people coming to Australia from China is growing by around 18 percent, compared to about 7-8 percent from America.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - Brexit

Brexit hasn't even happened yet and you're already seeing an impact on medium and small companies in Britain. If we do see a hard Brexit, that will be catastrophic for Britain and damaging for Europe too. What is happening in America at the moment is extremely unhealthy and dangerous and we will certainly speak out on that. I think once people have lived with Donald Trump for two or three years, I'm hopeful things will reverse in America and decency will come back and walls can be broken down again.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - World Happiness report

And success unshared is failure. You may not have a lot of money, but you do something to help somebody else out. That's success.feedback

Jun 24 2017

I seriously doubt that I would have been as successful in my career (and happy in my personal life) if I hadn't always placed importance on my health and fitness.feedback

Jun 21 2017

We were knocking on (an) open door.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - Tesla

Whatever skeptics have said can't be done, Elon has gone out and made real.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - Tesla

It's a paradox that Elon is working to improve our planet at the same time he's building spacecraft to help us leave it. But true vision is binocular – and Elon Musk is clearly a man who can see many things at once.feedback

Jun 04 2017

Big business shouldn't be afraid to say they don't have all the answers, and must recognise small companies can play a big part in helping to develop new ways to making business better.feedback

May 17 2017 - London

I am determined to prevent anyone being confused into giving money or their personal information away on a false pretence. These scams can be terrifyingly deceptive, and I would urge everyone to look out for these stories and report them as soon as you see them.feedback

May 14 2017

I am grateful to have had encouraging parents, who instead of blockading and trouncing my curiosity, allowed me to figure things out on my own accord.feedback

May 14 2017

And that certainly would seem to have turned out to be the case.feedback

May 11 2017

We wouldn't have had Virgin America, Virgin Galactic, and Virgin Atlantic if I didn't just make a decision. If you believe in it, bear in mind that the buck stops with you, and just do it.feedback

May 01 2017

If you aren't listening, you are missing out.feedback

May 01 2017

Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing. If you're willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.feedback

Apr 29 2017

I make sure that I disconnect by leaving my smartphone at home or in the hotel room for as long as possible – days, if I can – and bringing a notepad and pen with me instead. Freed from the daily stresses of my working life, I find that I am more likely to have new insights into old problems and other flashes of inspiration. Above all else, the most important reason to schedule buffers is to just catch your breath.feedback

Apr 29 2017

Maintaining focus on having fun isn't just about rest and recuperation: When you go on vacation, your routine is interrupted; the places you go and the new people you meet can inspire you in unexpected ways. As an entrepreneur or business leader, if you didn't come back from your vacation with some ideas about how to shake things up, it's time to consider making some changes.feedback

Apr 12 2017

The luckiest people in business are those that are prepared to take the greatest risks. We can all create our own luck by taking the necessary risks to open the door to change, progression and success.feedback

Apr 12 2017

Ever since reading it as a child, Peter Pan has been my favorite character. I've drawn a lot of inspiration from the book. I've never really wanted to grow up and I've always wanted to fly!feedback

Apr 11 2017

Then I eat breakfast and spend time with my family. Exercise and family time put me in a great mind frame before getting down to business. The reason I like to wake up early is so that I can work through my emails before most of the world logs on. I like to be online early, so that I am accessible and available to our offices in other time zones. Being a modern business leader is all about having your finger on the pulse and knowing what you're talking about. To keep me energized, I drink lots of tea. I'm talking 20 cups a day.feedback

Apr 09 2017

None of us really knew what we were doing. But, like children, unaware of the rules, we pushed through and achieved what others deemed to be impossible.feedback

Apr 09 2017

I have particularly enjoyed watching them learn to walk. They have each had so many spills and tumbles, yet, while they have bumped and grazed themselves time and time again, their egos have not been bruised nor has their willingness to try been diminished.feedback

Apr 07 2017

When inspiration calls, you've got to capture it.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - World Happiness report

And by focusing on the happiness of our customers, we have been able to build a successful group of companies. The simple fact is, if you do good and have fun, the money will come.feedback

Apr 06 2017

Too many people measure how successful they are by how much money they make or the people that they associate with. In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are. It's a common misconception that money is every entrepreneur's metric for success. It's not, and nor should it be. I've never gone into business to make money. Every Virgin product and service has been made into a reality to make a positive difference in people's lives.feedback

Apr 03 2017

This was the ride and love of a lifetime. I feel very lucky to have been on it with all of you.feedback

Apr 03 2017 - Human Rights

Dreaming is one of humanity's greatest gifts; it champions aspiration, spurs innovation, leads to change, and propels the world forward. In a world without dreams there would be no art, no adventure, no moon landing, no female CEOs, and no civil rights. . The benefits of dreaming far outweigh the perceived risks, because the value of dreaming isn't just measured by the outcome, but the inspiration that comes from journey of achieving the dream. I've been thinking a lot about the meaning of life and about the things that I want to teach them so that they live the best life possible.feedback

Apr 03 2017

In the future how 'lucky' you are in business will be determined by how willing you are to take calculated risks. On the business front, you may feel like you've achieved just about all there is to achieve. But let me tell you, there are so many more great things to come. …. The way I see it, life is all about striving and growing. I never want to have made it; I want to continue making it!feedback

Apr 02 2017

I just wonder what it was that Alaska bought; why did they bother?feedback

Apr 02 2017

I think the Government needs to very seriously look at what's on offer and then decide whether this is going to do enormous damage to the country or not. And if they do feel it's going to do a lot of damage, they need to be honest.feedback

Apr 02 2017

So apart from the fact that I've become a sort of serial philanthropist in that we're launching as many philanthropic organisations as companies, if not more so, I and the group have a lot going on. I genuinely believed they would treasure the people and the product.feedback

Apr 02 2017

Holly and Sam [his adult children] will continue to be involved with it, and they'll continue to be involved in our foundation which is where the three of us, the family, spend the most time these days. But that doesn't mean the group isn't busy. We've got three cruise ships being built in Italy, 3 new [Virgin] Atlantic routes in the last few days; a hotel opening in San Francisco in a couple of months' time, and a hotel in New York in six months' time after that. And we've got spaceships going into space in the not too distant future.feedback

Apr 01 2017

We must compete with anybody on low prices as well as quality. That's what Virgin Atlantic has done for 33 years and will continue to do for the next 33 years; but we'll do it in away that doesn't bastardise our product.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Carbon

Graphene is even lighter [than carbon fibre], many times lighter and many times stronger. Hopefully graphene can be the planes of the future, if you go 10 years down the line. They would be massively lighter than the current planes, which again would make a difference on fuel burn.feedback

Mar 28 2017

The question is: are they going to be able to scale it up enough to really make a difference?feedback

Mar 24 2017 - Skype

Many years ago, I shed tears over selling my beloved Virgin Records for $1 billion. Many tears are shed today, this time over Alaska Airlines' decision to buy and now retire Virgin America. As an entrepreneur's brand, Virgin is always starting new businesses. And we will not stop. We went through a lot together. The launch parties, the networking, the productivity on flights, the live concerts at 35,000 feet, the marriage proposals, the first in-flight wedding, the Oprah Skype to the plane!feedback

Mar 24 2017

Sadly, [Alaska Airlines] could not find a way to maintain its own brand and that of Virgin America.feedback

Mar 24 2017

Build a business that puts its people first. Work with partners who share your same progressive and inclusive values. Focus on delivering a great customer experience, and success will come. Make business a force for good.feedback

Mar 24 2017

This was the ride and love of a lifetime. I feel very lucky to have been on it with all of you. I'm told some people at Virgin America are calling today 'the day the music died.' It is a sad (and some would say baffling) day. But I'd like to assure them that the music never dies.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Refugees

Airlines just have to do what they are told and we just have to hope that people who make up these rules have good reasons to do so because the rules that were laid down by the American government on a number of airlines yesterday were slightly strange in that they only affected foreign airlines they didn't affect American airlines … I just wondered whether there might be more to it than met the eye.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Refugees

One has to be realistic and I think the important thing that we've got to do is to beat ISIS, make sure they don't control any territory in the world and I think that's the most important thing we can do. Then we've got to start winning over the minds and souls of people around the world. By being much more open and by treating people with decency, people from all walks of life, looking after people having to flee countries, that's the kind of example I think Britain should give and other countries should give and that I suspect is the best security weapon that we can put out.feedback

Mar 23 2017

I just pray and hope that when all the facts are there … Then the British people can have the decision to decide because it was a complete false premise that a referendum was brought on in the first place.feedback

Mar 16 2017

We decided to set up a friendly challenge: could Barack learn to kitesurf before I learned to foilboard? We agreed to have a final day battle to see who could stay up the longest.feedback

Mar 13 2017

Build your own business team. Survival in business requires a synergy of skills.feedback

Mar 05 2017

Kids are told: Go to school, go to college, get a job, get married, and then you'll be happy – but Logan asks an important question: 'What if we based education on the study and practice of being happy and healthy?' What if we reversed the formula … or better still forgot all the formulas. What if being came first, and doing came second? By doing this we will not only create a happier and healthier workforce, but also cultivate more inspired leaders and innovators.feedback

Mar 05 2017 - World Happiness report

Too many people measure how successful they are by how much money they make or the people that they associate with. In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are. It's great to see Logan realize the importance of seeking health and happiness early in life – something too many people discover too late.feedback

Mar 02 2017

He "never even thought of satellites when we thought of Virgin Galactic originally. I just thought of human space travel and a personal desire to go to space and trying to make dreams come true and so on. And then embarking on that, suddenly you realize there's another whole aspect to this. Which is equally as exciting, really.feedback

Mar 01 2017

Sometimes I think to myself, What if this is all a dream? I'm going to wake up and be 20 years old, with my whole life ahead of me. This thought doesn't scare me. It excites me. I'd quite like to go back and plot out my life all over again – dreaming big dreams. What a half-lived and tragic existence we would have. Don't be self-conscious about dreaming, or about people thinking you're too idealistic, and not serious enough. Don't allow your self talk to be judgmental. Look at the world with wide-eyed enthusiasm, believe you are more powerful than the problems that confront you, and dream big.feedback

Mar 01 2017 - Human Rights

Dreaming is one of humanity's greatest gifts; it champions aspiration, spurs innovation, leads to change, and propels the world forward. In a world without dreams there would be no art, no adventure, no moon landing, no female CEOs, and no civil rights.feedback

Feb 24 2017

I prefer to work in the bath or in a hammock or on a sofa. I think work should be fun. It should be enjoyable. It should be satisfying. Too many companies don't realize the monotony of a lot of people's day-to-day life at work. … I try to encourage chief executives worldwide to make sure that there's as much flexibility in the workplace as possible. If you're too close to a situation, like in an office, you get bogged down with the minutiae. If you can step away from the situation, you can think about the bigger picture and that's what I'm able to do on Necker.feedback

Feb 21 2017

Every business we have was set up to disrupt a market with products or services that make a real difference to people's lives. We will always pride ourselves in being a challenger brand, and retain our entrepreneurial spirit.feedback

Feb 21 2017

We never considered Virgin to be 'big business.' We've always seen ourselves as the underdog. And we quite like it that way.feedback

Feb 17 2017

I definitely can achieve twice as much by keeping fit. It keeps the brain functioning well.feedback

Feb 15 2017

The way I see it, life is all about striving and growing. I never want to have made it; I want to continue making it!feedback

Feb 13 2017

Yourself is always the best version of you – and being yourself is among the best advice I have ever received.feedback

Feb 13 2017

I've been thinking a lot about the meaning of life and about the things that I want to teach them so that they live the best life possible.feedback

Feb 07 2017

She proudly told me how she'd managed to drive us out of business. And anyway I sort of forgave her.feedback

Feb 07 2017 - Pepsi

Overwhelmingly the kids loved the one that wasn't Coke and wasn't Pepsi, How I Built This. So we decided to launch Virgin Cola. We had some big smiles on some days thinking, Coke is the best know brand in the world, and if we could topple Coke, we thought it would be a lot of fun. The problem was that, you know, we didn't have something completely unique. We had a great brand. But Coke had a great brand. The taste of the Cola was maybe marginally better. But it was neither here nor there.feedback

Feb 07 2017

Being the former president of America, there was lots of security around, but Barack was able to really relax and get into it.feedback

Feb 07 2017

"One of the first stories Barack told me when he and Michelle arrived on Moskito Island was how, just before he became President, he had been surfing on a dangerous break in Hawaii". "When he came in from an exhilarating session, the new head of his security team turned to him and said: 'This will be the last time you surf for eight years". "For the next eight years he didn't have the chance to surf, enjoy watersports or do many of the things he loved".feedback

Feb 06 2017

They had people going to our clubs and going through the rubbish bins outside our clubs and looking for needles so they could leak stories to the scurrilous press about drugs in the clubs and so on.feedback

Feb 06 2017

And so you sometimes have to make tough decisions along the way.feedback

Feb 06 2017

It is a very hard decision. I mean, it's a very necessary decision in order to protect everything else you have. You know, we've now got 80,000 people who work for Virgin and, you know, their livelihoods, their jobs, their children, everything depends on that.feedback

Jan 31 2017

The luckiest people in business are those that are prepared to take the greatest risks. We can all create our own luck by taking the necessary risks to open the door to change, progression and success. Communication makes the world go round. It facilitates human connections, and allows us to learn, grow and progress.feedback

Jan 31 2017

Nobody gets everything right the first time. Business is like a giant game of chess – you have to learn quickly from your mistakes. Successful entrepreneurs don't fear failure; they learn from it and move on.feedback

Jan 31 2017

When we began Virgin, I didn't see it as an end in itself, a noun; I saw it as the beginning of a whole range of services, an adjective. Successful entrepreneurs take an idea and let it fly.feedback

Jan 25 2017

It is only through failure that we learn.feedback

Jan 17 2017

In the early days of Virgin we came very close to the bank closing us down due to cash flow issues. It ultimately became the reason why we had to sell Virgin Records – to free up cash to make Virgin Atlantic a success.feedback

Jan 03 2017

Ever since I was a child I have made lists of all kinds, including short-term tasks, long-term goals and resolutions. It's how I make sense of the world, bring order to the ideas in my head, and start turning them into action.feedback

Dec 20 2016

Next time you have the opportunity to give somebody their second chance, don't think twice.feedback

Dec 20 2016

I am not the person I was 42 years ago. I am not even the person I was two years ago. We all change, we all learn, we all grow. We all deserve a second chance.feedback

Dec 19 2016

Experiencing setbacks is part of the DNA of every successful entrepreneur, and I am no exception.feedback

Dec 16 2016

And that, is how the best companies end up getting made.feedback

Nov 29 2016 - World Happiness report

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.feedback

Nov 24 2016

There is nothing worse than sitting next to an enthusiastic person who repeats their same point time and again.feedback

Nov 15 2016

It doesn't matter how you record your notes – as long as you do.feedback

Nov 15 2016

It was folded down the middle, and he had to keep pushing the crease down so he could read [it].feedback

Nov 15 2016

I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights. As an innovator in the space, Virgin Galactic's decision to work with Boom was an easy one.feedback

Nov 11 2016

I think business may not do so badly, because if anything he should be able to get the right business people to run the economy ... and hopefully won't bankrupt it over the next three or four years.feedback

Nov 11 2016

We have a potentially horrific situation ahead of us.feedback

Nov 11 2016

I think business leaders need to get together and say we need to form organizations to practice what we preach.feedback

Nov 11 2016 - Climate change

Global warming could be set back almost irreparably. And universal healthcare, that could be set back almost irreparably – help with refugees, all these issues, gay rights.feedback

Nov 11 2016

I mean look, it's very sad, very frightening, very worrying.feedback

Nov 09 2016 - Climate change

What type of message does Trump's victory send to young people about the behaviors, principles and attitude to others required to succeed in life?feedback

Nov 09 2016

This election has undoubtedly caused lasting damage, both to America's collective psyche and to the political will of its leaders to collaborate. But there is much to be done: to protect democratic processes, to stand up to intolerance, and to support each other in these challenging times.feedback

Oct 21 2016

Hopefully my advice didn't lead to him running for President!feedback

Oct 18 2016

The bulk of British companies, small companies, medium size companies are suffering, and they will suffer. You're going to find soon the British people are going to see the cost of boots going up. They're going to see job losses and they will start to realize the consequences of what they voted for.feedback

Oct 18 2016

I think the Conservative Party, in order to try to hold that party together, will try to push it through despite the damage it will do to the country.feedback

Oct 18 2016

Great entrepreneurs build businesses with purpose at their heart and always treat people with respect. These are not characteristics I see in Mr Trump – neither in his previous business dealings, nor in this campaign.feedback

Oct 18 2016

I've listened to what he had to say and I think what he's had to say is dangerous and hurtful. He's not a good listener. He's not somebody, I think, who can get a great team of people around him to run this country. He's had a lot of disaster with his companies.feedback

Oct 18 2016

I remember leaving thinking I couldn't just quite believe what I heard during the lunch.feedback

Oct 12 2016 - LinkedIn

One key lesson I've learned, which applies far beyond the court, is to treat each point separately.feedback

Oct 12 2016 - LinkedIn

A lot of things learned through sport are transferable into other aspects of life. I certainly found that the skills I've acquired playing tennis have been beneficial to my business career.feedback

Oct 12 2016 - LinkedIn

Tennis, like business, moves so quickly that if you dwell on the past for even a few minutes, an opportunity will have passed and the moment will be lost. You have to get into the right frame of mind in order to perform your best, and need to be able to put setbacks behind you instantly. In effect, the discipline and determination it takes to compete as a professional athlete is not unlike what it takes to be an entrepreneur.feedback

Oct 03 2016

America...you can't really be a civilized nation if you are still employing the death penalty. Europe got rid of it 70 years ago and I would say Europe is now civilized. America has got to rid themselves of it.feedback

Oct 03 2016

If we can get every single business in the world to take that attitude, we can get on top of almost every problem in this world.feedback

Oct 03 2016

We've got to use our influence to try to try to speak out and try to bring some decency to countries.feedback

Oct 03 2016

I've been lucky. But I don't think it'll be much fun not to push myself outside one's comfort zone.feedback

Oct 03 2016

I've got the greatest pleasures in my life of setting myself as most seemingly impossible challenges and then trying to overcome them. And whether it's in business, whether it's in not-for-profit ventures, or whether it's in personal challenges. And I think the personal challenge side, it's helped keep the Virgin brand fresh.feedback

Oct 03 2016 - Egypt

If you take somewhere like Egypt, 90 percent of people have got houses, they've got a garden, but they've got no piece of paper to show ownership of that ... And without ownership of your property, it's almost impossible to start a business or get a bank loan or anything.feedback

Sep 05 2016

He explains that traditional systems of education have skewed the meaning of life (towards arriving at a destination) by placing too much importance on progressing through school and college to a career. And makes his point by saying that far too many people live to retire and therefore cheat themselves of an exciting existence.feedback

Sep 05 2016

I don't believe that retirement should be the goal.feedback

Aug 08 2016

I know I'm fortunate to live an extraordinary life – I've been knighted, met the most extraordinary people and attended the most amazing events – but there's never been a point in my career in which I've felt I've 'made it.feedback

Jul 05 2016

I think it's sad when people make a lot of money and they want the biggest boat or the biggest car or the biggest plane.feedback

Jun 20 2016

I think as far as Great Britain is concerned it would be a financial disaster, you would see the pound collapsing and trade being stifled and a danger that things like the financial centre of Europe being in London could easily move to Europe.feedback

Feb 19 2016

It would be a very, very, very, very sad day if British people voted to leave. I think it would be very, very damaging for Great Britain.feedback

Nov 01 2014

We are going to learn from what went wrong, discover how we can improve safety and performance and then move forward together. I truly believe that humanity's greatest achievements come out of our greatest pain.feedback

Feb 17 2014 - Homosexuality

We got together a group of business people who could talk to the president and the president changed his mind and vetoed the law.feedback

Jun 02 2011 - Marijuana

We won't lock people up who take marijuana in fact lets have some European countries regulate marijuana.feedback

Dec 17 2009 - Maldives

If the governments can't save the planet, business will have to save the planet.feedback

Dec 08 2009

It's taken us five years to get to this stage. I think it'll take us maybe anything up to two years of solid thorough tests before, you know, before I allow my children, and my parents, and myself and all our wonderful astronauts who signed up to go into space.feedback

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