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A collection of thoughts and quotations by Richard Branson on learning, opportunity, time, creativity, life, inspiration, money, instincts, business, advice, risk, resilience, success, failure and integrity.

49 Richard Branson Quotes To Enrich Your Life

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Virgin Group

Richard Branson is an example of what an individual is capable of achieving with will power and dedication. Richard was once called a dyslexic kid, and discouraged by his friends, saying that he was not capable of achieving anything. Now a great English Business Magnet, philanthropist and investor he proudly owns more than 400 companies and establishments. Richard is an entrepreneur who is never afraid of taking risks, with endeavors he sees potential in. Virgin has covered mostly all sectors of business on earth, and is now set to conquer the space. His project Virgin galactic, promises to be a first of its kind in space tourism, and there is no doubt in saying that he is capable of doing so. He has been knighted in the year 2000 at Buckingham Place for his exemplary “services to entrepreneurship”. Being a great achiever, he keeps inspiring people all over. He has said, written and delivered speeches on a variety of topics that have become popular as his thoughts, and quotes. Richard’s life, work, thoughts, quotations and books show his spirit to reach for the stars. His quotes will fill the same energy in you.

Life is a helluva lot more fun if you say yes rather than no

- Richard Branson

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!

- Richard Branson

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

- Screw It, Richard Branson

The brave may not live forever – But the cautious do not live at all

- Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School, Richard Branson

Throwing yourself into a job you enjoy is one of the life's greatest pleasures!

- Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur, Richard Branson

Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to.

- Richard Branson

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

- Richard Branson

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

- Richard Branson

Most "necessary evils" are far more evil than necessary.

- Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Richard Branson

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.

- Richard Branson

It is only by being bold that you get anywhere. If you are a risk-taker, then the art is to protect the downside.

- Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Richard Branson

As soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live.

- Screw It, Richard Branson

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.

- Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur, Richard Branson

Only a fool never changes his mind.

- Like A Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School, Richard Branson

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

- Richard Branson

To be successful, you have to be out there, you have to hit the ground running

- Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Richard Branson

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

- Richard Branson

I have always believed that the only way to cope with a cash crisis is not to contract but to try to expand out of it.

- Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Richard Branson

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

- The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership, Richard Branson

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

- Richard Branson

The best motto to follow is ‘Nothing ventured; nothing gained’.

- Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Richard Branson

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

- The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership, Richard Branson

Whatever your goal is you will never succeed unless you let go of your fears and fly.

- Screw It, Richard Branson

How slim the line is between genius and insanity and between determination and stubbornness.

- Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Richard Branson

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

- Richard Branson

Hard-won things are more valuable than those that come too easily.

- Screw It, Richard Branson

I was in a round the world hot-air balloon race. Before I left, I wrote a long letter to my children, in case I didn’t return. I started the letter by saying, ‘Dear Holly and

- Screw It, Richard Branson

Listen – it makes you sound smarter

- The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership, Richard Branson

Cover the downside.

- Richard Branson

A touch of the jitters sharpens the mind, gets the adrenaline flowing and helps you to focus.

- Richard Branson

Acquiring the habit of note-taking is therefore a wonderfully complementary skill to that of listening.

- The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership, Richard Branson

All ideas are second-hand, consciously or unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources, and daily used by the garnerer with a pride and satisfaction born of the superstition that he originated them.

- The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership, Richard Branson

Success for me is whether you have created something that you can be really proud of.

- Business Stripped Bare, Richard Branson

Screw it. Let's do it.

- Richard Branson

The best lesson I learned was to just do it. It doesn’t matter what it is, or how hard it might seem, as the ancient Greek, Plato, said, ‘The beginning is the most important part of any work.

- Screw It, Richard Branson

Is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

- The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Richard Branson

In future just remember one thing: you’re guaranteed to miss every shot you don’t take.

- The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Richard Branson

A living. Without Jonny, Student almost fell to pieces.

- Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Richard Branson

And once we decide to do something, we should never look back, never regret it.

- Screw It, Richard Branson

I believe that listening is one of the most important skills for any teacher, parent, leader, entrepreneur or, well, just about anyone who has a pulse.

- The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Richard Branson

Try everything once. Except incest and folk dancing.’ Sir Thomas Beecham

- The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Richard Branson

Mit Sport erhht man die Produktivitt

- Richard Branson

Keeping it short goes a long way.

- The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Richard Branson

Success is more than luck. You have to believe in yourself and make it happen.

- Screw It, Richard Branson

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.

- Richard Branson

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

- Richard Branson

They encouraged me to always look for the good in people instead of assuming the worst and trying to find fault.

- The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership, Richard Branson

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

- Screw It, Richard Branson

It’s so much better, where possible, to try and forgive offenders and give them a second chance, just like my mother and father did so often with me as a child.

- The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership, Richard Branson