Richard Branson is renowned the world over for his entrepreneurial exploits. Starting at a young age, Branson experienced many setbacks and failures before achieving success. His story is a true rags-to-riches tale and provides inspiration to many who are going through their own difficulties in getting their own business off the ground. Along with leading by example, Branson offers a wealth of advice for people starting or growing their business. Here’s 73 inspiring quotes from 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.”

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

“If you don’t have time for the small things, you won’t have time for the big things.”

“I’m a lad of the ’60s. I started a magazine to try and end the Vietnam war, but it was a number of years before I had the profile, the financial resources and the time to do more.” 

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

73 Inspiring Quotes From Richard Branson

“You never know with these things when you’re trying something new what can happen. This is all experimental.” 

“There’s nothing like the endorphins from being fit, and the incredible endorphin rush that goes with that.”

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

“Like getting into a bleeding competition with a blood bank.”

“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.”

“My philosophy is that if I have any money I invest it in new ventures and not have it sitting around.”

“The funny thing is people won’t let me pay for things. I’ll be in a restaurant and the manager will say, ‘Oh no, it’s on the house.” 

“I cannot remember a moment in my life when I have not felt the love of my family. We were a family that would have killed for each other – and we still are.”

“With the casino and the beds, our passengers will have at least two ways to get lucky on one of our flights.”

“My mother was determined to make us independent. When I was four years old, she stopped the car a few miles from our house and made me find my own way home across the fields. I got hopelessly lost.”

“And obviously, from our own personal point of view, the principal challenge is a personal challenge.”

“I’ve been very lucky. I come from a very close family.”

“We, we – as I say, we go in and shake up other industries and I think, you know, we do it differently and I think that industries are not quite the same as a result of Virgin attacking the market.”

“For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth. But with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility. And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people, and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference.”

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

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“I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator.”

“I was dyslexic, I had no understanding of schoolwork whatsoever. I certainly would have failed IQ tests. And it was one of the reasons I left school when I was 15 years old. And if I’m not interested in something, I don’t grasp it.”

“The music industry is a strange combination of having real and intangible assets: pop bands are brand names in themselves, and at a given stage in their careers their name alone can practically guarantee hit records.”

“To me, business isn’t about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It’s about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials.” 

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

“I think it’s quite great to set yourself a big challenge, and then you’ve got another reason for keeping fit.”

“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.”

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

” I wanted to be an editor or a journalist, I wasn’t really interested in being an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going.”

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

“So I’ve seen life as one long learning process. And if I see – you know, if I fly on somebody else’s airline and find the experience is not a pleasant one, which it wasn’t in – 21 years ago, then I’d think, well, you know, maybe I can create the kind of airline that I’d like to fly on.”

“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.” 

“And you know, I’ve had great fun turning quite a lot of different industries on their head and making sure those industries will never be the same again, because Virgin went in and took them on.”

“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.”

“Nobody’s ever called me Sir Richard. Occasionally in America, I hear people saying Sir Richard and think there’s some Shakespearean play taking place. But nowhere else anyway.”

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

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

“Engage your emotions at work. Your instincts and emotions are there to help you.”

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

“You’ve got to take risks if you’re going to succeed. I would much rather ask forgiveness than permission.”

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Source: Wikipedia

“If you’re hurt, lick your wound and get up again. If you’ve given it your absolute best, it’s time to move forward.”

“Take a chance. It’s the best way to test yourself. Have fun and push boundaries.” 

“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.”

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

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

“Remember it’s OK to be yourself.”

“Please be polite. Nothing in life should erode the habit of saying thank you to people or praising them.”

“Chance favors the prepared mind. The more you practice, luckier you become.” 

“Life is a hell of a lot more fun if you say yes rather than no.”

 “Education doesn’t just take place in stuffy classrooms and university buildings, it can happen everywhere, every day to every person.” 

“The best way of learning about anything is by doing.”

“Once a changemaker, always a changemaker but only a few swim against the tide.”

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

“If you want swashbuckling action in your life, become an entrepreneur and give it a go.” 

“Life is a series of ups and clowns. Make it worth your wild!”

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

“Building a business is not rocket science, it’s about having a great idea and seeing it through with integrity.”

“Learn from failure. If you are an entrepreneur and your first venture wasn’t a success, welcome to the club!” 

“My definition of success? The more you’re actively and practically engaged, the more successful you will feel.”

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Source: Wikipedia

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

“My definition of success? The more you’re actively and practically engaged, the more successful you will feel.”

“Happiness is the secret ingredient for successful businesses. If you have a happy company it will be invincible.” 

“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.”

“Whatever business you are in, every company can shoot for the start in their own way.” 

“When you’re first thinking through an idea, it’s important not to get bogged down in complexity. Thinking simply and clearly, is hard to do.” 

“Communication: the thing humans forgot when we invented words.” 

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

“If you don’t succeed at first, there’s no need for the F word (Failure). Pick yourself up and try, try again.” 

“Your company should act as a springboard for ambitious employees, not a set of shackles.”

“Entrepreneurial business favors the open mind. It favors people whose optimism drives them to prepare for many possible futures, pretty much purely for the joy of doing so.” 

“If you spot an opportunity and are really excited by it, throw yourself into it with everything you’ve got.”

“You can’t do a good business with a bad person. Find the right people to work with and you can’t go wrong.” 

“Screw it. Let’s do it.”

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