Excellent Quotes to Start Your Week


QUOTES:  Richard Branson, Losing My Virginity: How I survived, had fun and made a fortune doing business my way, Jun 7, 2011
“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!”

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

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

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

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

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

“Most “necessary evils” are far more evil than necessary.”

“Only a fool never changes his mind.”

“…to be successful, you have to be out there, you have to hit the ground running”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“Fun is at the core of the way I like to do business and it has been key to everything I’ve done from the outset. More than any other element, fun is the secret of Virgin’s success. I am aware that the ideas of business as being fun and creative goes right against the grain of convention, and it’s certainly not how the they teach it at some of those business schools, where business means hard grind and lots of ‘discounted cash flows’ and net’ present values’.”

“What we are trying to do at Virgin is not to have one enormous company in one sector under one banner, but to have two hundred or even three hundred separate companies. Each company can stand on its own feet and, in that way, although we’ve got a brand that links them, if we were to have another tragedy such as that of 11 September – which hurt the airline industry – it would not bring the whole group crashing down.”

“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.”

There are many ways to run a successful company. What works once may never work again. What everyone tells you never to do may just work, once. There are no rules. You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over, and it’s because you fall over that you learn to save yourself from falling over.”

“Capitalism – which in its purest form is entrepreneurism even among the poorest of the poor – does work; but those who make money from it should put back into society, not just sit on it as if they are hatching eggs.”

“…how slim the line is between genius and insanity and between determination and stubbornness.”

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

“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.” (TODARO: reminds me of this quote, “forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them more……”)

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”

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

“If I had to give one reason why I have been fortunate enough to experience some success, it would be my knack of bringing together wonderful people.”

MUST reads for an industry professional:
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