Richard Branson Quotes

Who is Richard Branson?

Sir Richard Branson is an English businessman, investor and philanthropist. Branson is the founder of over 400 companies under the Virgin label including Virgin Records, Virgin Airlines and Virgin Cola (yuk!).

Born July 18, 1950

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Best 68 Quotes by Richard Branson | Page 1 of 3

“A business is simply an idea to make other people’s lives better.”

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“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.”

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“As usual when people warn me against doing something once my mind is made up, I grow increasingly determined to try it.”

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“As you pursue your career, your efforts may sometimes meet with failure. Don’t be discouraged - one of the best ways to learn how to do anything is to make mistakes. It took time and a lot of errors before I achieved any successes.”

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“Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.”

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“Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to keep things simple.”

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

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“Don’t think what’s the cheapest way to do it or the fastest way to do it. Think what’s the most amazing way to do it!”

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“Entrepreneurship is about turning what excites you in life into capital, so that you can do more of it and move forward with it.”

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“Find somebody else to run your business on a day-to-day basis.”

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“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.”

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“I became an entrepreneur by mistake. Ever since then I’ve gone into business, not to make money, but because I think I can do it better than it’s been done elsewhere. And, quite often, just out of personal frustration about the way it’s been done by other people.”

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

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“I have always believed that the way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers, and that people flourish when they are praised. Sir...”

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“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.”

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“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!”

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“Instead of failure being the outcome, failure became not trying. And it forced me at a young age to want to push myself so much further out of my comfort zone.”


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“If you aren’t having fun, you are doing it wrong. If you feel like getting up in the morning to work on your business is a chore, then it's time to try something else.”

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

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“Listen more than you talk. Nobody learned anything by hearing themselves speak.”

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“Listen. Take the best. Leave the rest.”

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“My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had – every day I’m learning something new.”

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“My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, "Oh God, I’ve got to do this today.”

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

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“One thing is certain in business – you and everyone around you will make mistakes.”

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“Records are made to be broken. It is in man’s nature to continue to strive to do just that.”

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“Screw it. Let's do it.”

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“Some 80% of your life is spent working. You want to have fun at home; why shouldn’t you have fun at work?”

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“The time to go into a new business is when it’s badly run by others.”

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“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you.”

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“There’s an inherent danger in letting people think that they have perfected something. When they believe they’ve “nailed it,” most people tend to sit back and rest on their laurels while countless others will be laboring furiously to better their work.”

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“Quality is the best business plan.”

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