Inspirational Quotes from Richard Branson

By | March 30, 2020

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

Richard Branson

Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.

Richard Branson

Fun is one of the most important – and underrated – ingredients in any successful venture. If you’re not having fun, then it’s probably time to call it quits and try something else.

Richard Branson

From my very first day as an entrepreneur, I’ve felt the only mission worth pursuing in business is to make people’s lives better.

Richard Branson

The balloons only have one life and the only way of finding out whether they work is to attempt to fly around the world.

Richard Branson

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

Richard Branson

Being a good listener is absolutely critical to being a good leader; you have to listen to the people who are on the front line.

Richard Branson

By putting the employee first, the customer effectively comes first by default, and in the end, the shareholder comes first by default as well.

Richard Branson

Treat failure as a lesson on how not to approach achieving a goal, and then use that learning to improve your chances of success when you try again. Failure is only the end if you decide to stop.

Richard Branson

My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them.

Richard Branson

My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them.

Richard Branson

My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you’re moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again.

Richard Branson

I’ve been very passionate about renewable energy for many years, particularly solar energy and its capacity to bring abundant clean, sustainable energy to millions around the globe.

Richard Branson

When I was a kid, I had a tendency to criticize. But when I did, my mum would whisk me off to the bathroom to stand in front of a mirror. Ten minutes, never less. To think about how criticism is a poor reflection on the one who criticizes.

Richard Branson

Every successful businessman will have experienced set-backs and failures – they’re lying if they say they haven’t. Virgin has had some tremendously successful businesses and some that have not quite worked out. Virgin Cola springs to mind – the product wasn’t distinct enough from Coca-Cola.

Richard Branson

An exceptional company is the one that gets all the little details right. And the people out on the front line, they know when things are not going right, and they know when things need to be improved. And if you listen to them, you can soon improve all those niggly things which turns an average company into an exceptional company.

Richard Branson

A good leader doesn’t get stuck behind a desk.

Richard Branson

A passionate belief in your business and personal objectives can make all the difference between success and failure. If you aren’t proud of what you’re doing, why should anybody else be?

Richard Branson

Material things are delightful, but they’re not important.

Richard Branson

Especially when you’re at a high level in an organization, criticism can be devastating to an employee. I prefer to praise employees for what they’re doing right, and it tends to lead to them doing more of the same. Not always, but it’s the way I choose to bet.

Richard Branson

When exploring London, you will come across lots of excitement by chance, so try to take everything in rather than just rushing around to all of the major tourist haunts.

Richard Branson

As a father and now a grandfather to three wonderful grandchildren, I know how magical the first year of a child’s life is but also how much hard work it takes. Being able to spend as much time as possible with your loved ones is absolutely vital, especially early on.

Richard Branson

If you’re embarking around the world in a hot-air balloon, don’t forget the toilet paper.

Richard Branson

Starting your own business isn’t just a job – it’s a way of life.

Richard Branson

Right now I’m just delighted to be alive and to have had a nice long bath.

Richard Branson

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.

Richard Branson

Lightning is something which, again, we would rather avoid.

Richard Branson

There’s no point in starting a business unless you’re going to make a dramatic difference to other people’s lives. So if you’ve got an idea that’s gonna make a big difference to other people’s lives, then just get on and do it.

Richard Branson

If you want to be a Millionaire, start with a billion dollars and launch a new airline.

Richard Branson

Taking bold action on climate change simply makes good business sense. It’s also the right thing to do for people and the planet. Setting a net-zero GHG emissions target by 2050 will drive innovation, grow jobs, build prosperity, and secure a better world for what will soon be 9 billion people.

Richard Branson

Ridiculous yachts and private planes and big limousines won’t make people enjoy life more, and it sends out terrible messages to the people who work for them. It would be so much better if that money was spent in Africa – and it’s about getting a balance.

Richard Branson

Fortunately we’re not a public company – we’re a private group of companies, and I can do what I want.

Richard Branson

I think it’s good for a woman to put on a bit of weight when she gets older – it looks better. But a man has to stay balanced.

Richard Branson

Overcoming fear is the first step to success for entrepreneurs. The winners all exemplify that, and the hard work and commitment they have shown underlines what is needed to set up a business.

Richard Branson

All you have in business is your reputation – so it’s very important that you keep your word.

Richard Branson

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.

Richard Branson

The true cost to the world of a burger is far greater than the money you hand over to buy it.

Richard Branson

A complaint is a chance to turn a customer into a lifelong friend. I say that seriously, not as some press release baloney.

Richard Branson

The art of delegation is one of the key skills any entrepreneur must master.

Richard Branson

Devon holds a special place in my heart. As a child, I normally went on holiday to Bantham and have lots of happy memories from my time there. I used to catch sand eels in the early morning and go fishing for bass throughout the day. I remember a gull taking my bait.

Richard Branson

It’s a common misconception that money is every entrepreneur’s metric for success. It’s not, and nor should it be.

Richard Branson

Well, the odds must be against anybody being able to fly around the world in a balloon on the first attempt. All of us who are attempting to go around the world in balloons are effectively flying in experimental craft because these craft cannot be tested.

Richard Branson

Well, I think that there’s a very thin dividing line between success and failure. And I think if you start a business without financial backing, you’re likely to go the wrong side of that dividing line.

Richard Branson

My father Ted fought in North Africa, Italy, and Germany during World War II. My grandfather survived the horrors of the trenches in World War I. I truly believe that one of the E.U.’s greatest achievements is that it has kept its members out of conflict in Europe.

Richard Branson

Through the right people focusing on the right things, we can, in time, get on top of a lot if not most of the problems of this world. And that’s what a number of us are trying to do.

Richard Branson

I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator.

Richard Branson

In this digital age, it doesn’t really matter if you are in Canary Wharf or the Caribbean; there are opportunities waiting to be grasped by entrepreneurs.

Richard Branson

Those who know me know I’m passionate about lists, and top of my list of priorities is my family. My wife Joan and I do not consider our legacy to our children to be wealth or fame but the opportunity to pursue happiness by following their own path.

Richard Branson

On one of my last days at school, the headmaster said I would either end up in prison or become a millionaire. That was quite a startling prediction, but in some respects, he was right on both counts!

Richard Branson

If you want to be more productive, then start at the start: get there on time. Whether it is a meeting, a flight, an appointment or a date, it’s important to ensure you are there when you say you will be there. This may feel like an old-fashioned tip to give, but it has served me well for five decades in business.

Richard Branson

When we launched a new company, I reviewed the ads and marketing materials and asked those presenting the campaign to read everything aloud to test the phrasing and concept. If I could grasp it quickly, then it passed with muster. We would get our message across only if it was understandable at first glance.

Richard Branson

An important priority for me is a business must get their own house in order. Be or become an agent of positive change in your own enterprise and adopt responsible practices to eliminate the risks that often lie at the root of inequality and poverty.

Richard Branson

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

Richard Branson

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