Thursday, October 14, 2021

Ten Life Lessons From Entrepreneur And Philanthropist Richard Branson

Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson is one of the most qualified people in the world to teach us some lessons about success. As a child he suffered from dyslexia, so he had very poor academic results in school, yet by the time he was fifteen he had founded two companies, both of which ultimately failed. At sixteen, Branson left school and moved to London, where he started his first successful business, Student magazine. At seventeen he opened his first charity, the "Student Advisory Centre."

At 20, he started a mail order store, and later opened a recording studio. Now his Virgin brand, which houses more than 300 companies, is the basis of his estimated $4.2 billion net worth.

Just as his business success is immense, Branson personally has broken several world records for high-speed boat and hot air balloon rides.

Here are 10 tips Mr. Branson gives us to lead a successful life, take note and start applying them to your life!

1. "Yachts, private jets and big limousines will not make people enjoy life more."

I guess we all know deep down that money won't make us happy. Of course, money is good - it brings freedom and opportunity and can be a wonderful resource. It can contribute to happiness, even. But happiness itself is something else - it is independent of anything else. Buddha wrote, "There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the way."

2. "Enjoy every minute of your life."

To me, this is the most important thing to remember. When you are enjoying what you do, you are more likely to do it well and succeed. Enjoying every situation is an art, a skill, and they can be developed. Maybe it comes naturally to some people, but for most of us, it takes a little practice. But believe me, it will make a huge difference in the quality of your life.

3. "Most of the things we usually stress about are really not worth it."

Being stressed and worried about things is just a waste of energy - which never helps. I recommend Dale Carnegie's book, How to Suppress Worries and Enjoy Life. It contains valuable tips and practices for those of us willing to worry about things.

4. "You can't be a good leader unless you share with people. That's the way to get the best out of them."

Obviously, we live in a social world, and it is almost physically impossible to isolate ourselves from other people. But, how we relate to others is vitally important to our happiness and success. Getting along with people - allowing them to be themselves, bringing out the best, encouraging them - these are the characteristics of good leaders and good friends.

5. "There is no one to follow, there is nothing to copy."

Life is always fresh and new. We are always on the cutting edge, and future successes will not be based on old ways of doing things. Thinking outside the box, embracing change, innovating, taking risks - these are the hallmarks of success in all facets of life.

6. "I can honestly say that I have never started a business merely to make money. If that's the only motive, I think it's better to do nothing."

Money is a by-product. It is not an end in itself. Those who simply pursue money ends up with nothing of real value, because money in itself adds nothing to life. Money cannot buy the things that matter most to people - wisdom, serenity, leadership, happiness.

7. "I never had any intention of being an entrepreneur.

Funny how things work out! We certainly need to know where we are going in life, but we also need to remain open to new possibilities. Things have a tendency to change and if we are willing to sail with the wind, and not fight it, life can take us on wonderful adventures, and we can end up in the most magical places. I can attest to this in my own life, as I am sure many readers can.

8. "I have made and learned from many mistakes."

In what ways can we learn the most? Think about when you learned any new skill - driving a car, cooking, learning a language. Of course you messed it all up! Taking risks, trying new things, learning always involves making mistakes. So don't be afraid of mistakes - be proud of them!

9. "If you can enjoy your passion, life will be much more interesting than if you are working."

Someone said that if you love your job, you will never have to work another day. Not everyone can go out and "unleash their passion" right away, but it is always better to focus on the good things about our work, looking for what is enjoyable. 

10. "Right now I am glad to be alive and to have had a nice long bath."

We can be so focused on things that we forget that life is a series of moments, each of which has its simple pleasures. We have to be grateful for the many pleasures that life bestows upon us.

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