76 Richard Branson Quotes: Lessons for achieving success in business

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Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is a British billionaire entrepreneur, business magnate, founder of the Virgin Group. When he was at the age of 16, Branson started his first business venture, it was a magazine called Student. Today his Virgin Group controls more than 400 companies in various fields.

In 2007, he was placed in the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World list. In July 2021, Forbes listed Branson’s estimated net worth at US$5.7 billion.

Virgin is one of the most irresistible brands in the world that has expanded its business to a wide range of sectors from travel to telecommunications, health to banking, and music to leisure.

Find here the list of some best motivational quotes by Richard Branson on various areas such as life motivation, business motivation, finding success in life and business, how to look after your employees. Let’s read Richard Branson Quotes.

Richard Branson’s Life motivation Quotes

Richard Branson Quotes

1. “Material things are delightful, but they’re not important.” ― Richard Branson

2. “They encouraged me to always look for the good in people instead of assuming the worst and trying to find fault.” ― Richard Branson

3. “Throwing yourself into a job you enjoy is one of life’s greatest pleasures!” ― Richard Branson

4. “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.” ― Richard Branson

5. “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

6. “Only a fool never changes his mind.” ― Richard Branson

7. “If you opt for a safe life, you will never know what it’s like to win.” ― Richard Branson

8. “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a ride!” ― Richard Branson

9. “I always find the time to exercise – kitesurfing, tennis or cycling – and to spend time with my loved ones.” ― Richard Branson

10. “I love the freedom of movement that my phone gives me. That has definitely transformed my life.” ― Richard Branson

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

Richard Branson Quotes on Succeed in life

12. “Screw it. Let’s do it.” ― Richard Branson

13. “Too many people measure how successful they are by how much money they make or the people that they associate with. In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are.” ― Richard Branson

14. “Success is more than luck. You have to believe in yourself and make it happen.” ― Richard Branson

15. “Overcoming fear is the first step to success for entrepreneurs. The winners all exemplify that, and the hard work and commitment they have shown underlines what is needed to set up a business.” ― Richard Branson

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

17. “Some you win and some you lose. Be glad when you win. Don’t have regrets when you lose.” ― Richard Branson

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

19. “To be successful, you have to be out there, you have to hit the ground running.” ― Richard Branson

20. “The first thing that has to be recognized is that one cannot train someone to be passion.” ― Richard Branson

21. “Whatever your goal is you will never succeed unless you let go of your fears and fly.” ― Richard Branson

22. “Success for me is whether you have created something that you can be really proud of.” ― Richard Branson

23. “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.” ― Richard Branson

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

Richard Branson Quotes on Self Improvement

25. “Listen more than you talk. Nobody learned anything by hearing themselves speak.” ― Richard Branson

26. “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.” ― Richard Branson

27. “Developing mental toughness isn’t just about being resilient – it’s about accessing your reserve tank when you think you just can’t go any further.” ― Richard Branson

28. “Whenever you are setting up a new project, the most important thing is to surround yourself with people who are better than yourself, have different skills and a healthy combination of enthusiasm and experience.” ― Richard Branson

29. “My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them.” ― Richard Branson

Richard Branson Quotes to learn from mistake and failure

When you go to start some new things, the chances of making mistakes are high. You make mistakes, you fail too. But don’t stop. You need to learn from your mistakes and move forward.

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

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

32. “Treat failure as a lesson on how not to approach achieving a goal, and then use that learning to improve your chances of success when you try again. Failure is only the end if you decide to stop.” ― Richard Branson

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

Richard Branson Leadership Motivation Quotes

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

35. “The way to become a great leader is to look for the best in people – seldom criticize – always praise.” ― Richard Branson

36. “Being a good listener is absolutely critical to being a good leader; you have to listen to the people who are on the front line.” ― Richard Branson

37. “A good leader doesn’t get stuck behind a desk.” ― Richard Branson

38. “We need every person on Earth to acknowledge that climate change is real and encourage each other and our leaders to address the challenge.” ― Richard Branson

Richard Branson Quotes on Opportunity

39. “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

40. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” ― Richard Branson

41. “If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say Yes – then learn how to do it later.” ― Richard Branson

Richard Branson Business Motivation Quotes

42. “Can you imagine what a different world we will live in when businesses do what’s right for the communities and the environment in everything they do?” ― Richard Branson

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

44. “All you have in business is your reputation – so it’s very important that you keep your word.” ― Richard Branson

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

46. “Business isn’t about ties, suits, and briefcases. It’s about adventure.” ― Richard Branson

47. “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.” ― Richard Branson

48. “Challenge is the core and mainspring of all human action. If there’s an ocean, we cross it, If there’s a disease, we cure it, If there’s a wrong, we right it. If there’s a record, we break it. And if there’s a mountain, we climb it.” ― Richard Branson

49. “Entrepreneurial business favors the open mind.” ― Richard Branson

50. “The art of delegation is one of the key skills any entrepreneur must master.” ― Richard Branson

Quotes to know Importance of Finance in Business

51. “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.” ― Richard Branson

52. “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.” ― Richard Branson

Quotes to caring your customer

53. “A complaint is a chance to turn a customer into a lifelong friend. I say that seriously, not as some press release baloney.” ― Richard Branson

54. “You should not build your customer service system on the premise that your organization will never question the whims of your clients.” ― Richard Branson

Richard Branson Quotes about Success in Business

55. “It’s a common misconception that money is every entrepreneur’s metric for success. It’s not, and nor should it be.” ― Richard Branson

56. “Every successful businessman will have experienced setbacks and failures – they’re lying if they say they haven’t. Virgin has had some tremendously successful businesses and some that have not quite worked out. Virgin Cola springs to mind – the product wasn’t distinct enough from Coca-Cola.” ― Richard Branson

57. “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 idea of business as being fun and creative goes right against the grain of convention, and it’s certainly not how they teach it at some of those business schools, where business means hard grind and lots of ‘discounted cash flows’ and net’ present values’.” ― Richard Branson

58. “Throughout my business life I have always tried to keep on top of costs and protect the downside risk as much possible. The Virgin Group has survived only because we have always kept tight control of our cash. But, likewise, I also know that sometimes it is essential to break these rules and spend lavishly.” ― Richard Branson

59. “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.” ― Richard Branson

60. “A passionate belief in your business and personal objectives can make all the difference between success and failure. If you aren’t proud of what you’re doing, why should anybody else be?” ― Richard Branson

Richard Branson Motivational Quotes for starting your own business

61. “Starting your own business isn’t just a job – it’s a way of life.” ― Richard Branson

62. “There’s no point in starting a business unless you’re going to make a dramatic difference to other people’s lives. So if you’ve got an idea that’s gonna make a big difference to other people’s lives, then just get on and do it.” ― Richard Branson

63. “From my very first day as an entrepreneur, I’ve felt the only mission worth pursuing in business is to make people’s lives better.” ― Richard Branson

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

65. “In business, if you realize you’ve made a bad decision, you change it.” ― Richard Branson

66. “It’s rare for a startup to make money immediately, so you need to make sure that you have enough saved or that you have another income stream that can support you.” ― Richard Branson

67. “Never just try to make money. Long-term success will never come if profit is the only aim.” ― Richard Branson

Richard branson Quotes on Employees

68. These valuable lessons will help you to understand the value of employees in your business.

69. “There’s an inherent danger in letting people think that they have perfected something. When they believe they’ve ‘nailed it,’ most people tend to sit back and rest on their laurels while countless others will be laboring furiously to better their work!” ― Richard Branson

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

71. “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.” ― Richard Branson

72. “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

73. “By putting the employee first, the customer effectively comes first by default, and in the end, the shareholder comes first by default as well.” ― Richard Branson

74. “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.” ― Richard Branson

75. “Especially when you’re at a high level in an organization, criticism can be devastating to an employee. I prefer to praise employees for what they’re doing right, and it tends to lead to them doing more of the same. Not always, but it’s the way I choose to bet.” ― Richard Branson

76. “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.” ― Richard Branson

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