Richard Branson

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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!
NEW Mar 24 2017
Richard Branson has been quoted 82 times. The one recent article where Richard Branson has been quoted is 3 leadership lessons from Richard Branson's heartfelt goodbye letter to Virgin America. Most recently, Richard Branson was quoted as having said, “Sadly, [Alaska Airlines] could not find a way to maintain its own brand and that of Virgin America.”.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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