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Richard Branson Greatest Quotes

Eccentric billionaire Richard Branson’s most famous quotes.

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What’s the quickest way to become a millionaire? Borrow fivers off everyone you meet.

First and foremost, any business proposal I like must sound fun..

I know enough to know that no man is an island.

Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress.

Having a personality of caring about people is important. You can’t be a good leader unless you generally like people. That is how you bring out the best in them.

I am prepared to try anything once.

Branding is everything. A young girl once came up to me and told me I could be famous because I looked just like Richard Branson!

A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.

Customers shouldn’t just think of your business as a place to buy a product or use a service — it should be a fun place to be.

First of all, if you’re setting up a new company, you want to try to find a brand that can work on a global basis.

Good brands reflect the histories of the time and the group of people that made them. They can not be copied. They can not be recycled.

If you get your face and your name out there enough, people will start to recognize you.

Protect your reputation. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.

Quality brands never go bankrupt.

Above all, you want to create something you’re proud of. This has always been my philosophy of business.

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.

Business opportunities are like buses, there`s always another one coming.

Every business, like a painting, operates according to its own rules. There are many ways to run a successful company. What works once may never work again. What everyone tells you never to do may just work, once.

I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It’s done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer.

Perhaps my early problems with dyslexia made me more intuitive: when someone sends me a written proposal, rather than dwelling on detailed facts and figures I find that my imagination grasps and expands on what I read.

Although my spelling is still sometimes poor, I have managed to overcome the worst of my difficulties through training myself to concentrate.

However tight things are, you still need to have the big picture at the forefront of your mind.

My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had.

I believe that drudgery and clock-watching are a terrible betrayal of that universal, inborn entrepreneurial spirit.

I was never, ever interested in becoming a businessman or an entrepreneur. If I was a businessman, or saw myself as a businessman, I would have never gone into the airline business.

The quickest way to become a millionaire in the airline business is to start out as a billionaire.

There are no rules. 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. It’s the greatest thrill in the world and it runs away screaming at the first sight of bullet points.

To be successful, you have to be out there, you have to hit the ground running, and if you have a good team around you and more than a fair share of luck, you might make something happen. But you certainly can’t guarantee it just by following someone else’s formula.

I don’t think of work as work and play as play. It’s all living.

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