Sir Richard Branson is an English entrepreneur and investor who founded the Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies. He is one of Britain’s high profile billionaires, and also the author of several best selling books such as:
- Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way
- The Virgin Way: If It’s Not Fun, It’s Not Worth Doing
- Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School
- Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur
Here are some business quotes and success tips from Sir Richard Branson:
Whether you have a product, a service or a brand, it is not easy to start a company and to survive and thrive in the modern world. In fact, you’ve got to do something radically different to make a mark today. Look at the most successful businesses of the past 20 years. Microsoft, Google or Apple, for example, shook up a sector by doing something that hadn’t ever been done and by continually innovating. They are now among the dominant forces.
There will be lots of downs. Do your best to fight tooth and nail to survive. And if you don’t survive, if you have worked damned hard, don’t get down about it. There’s a lot of successful entrepreneurs who have picked themselves up and started again.
I turn people down with extreme difficulty sometimes, because the people I’m saying no to are people I don’t want to discourage. And it should be difficult. Saying no shouldn’t be an easy thing to do, and you have to be good at it. I often used to dodge doing it myself, and hide behind other people and delegate it, but if you’re the boss, that isn’t the right thing to do.
It’s a very thin dividing line between success and failure. I have come very close to the wrong side of that line and just managed to stay the right side of the line.
Number one thing is getting a small team that believes 100% in what you are doing. Then you have to make sure what you are doing is worthwhile. You are going to spend day and night building it.