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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
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Apr 12 2017
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We have a potentially horrific situation ahead of us.feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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