Leadership Lessons From Richard Branson
20 November 2022
The Importance Of A Life Fully Lived
Insights from 'Losing My Virginity' by Richard Branson
From being known as the stupidest boy in school to owning two islands in the Caribbean.
From riding his friend’s brand-new bicycle into the river, to readying for a trip to outer space.
From being caned at school for his poor work to being knighted by the Queen of England.
Sir Richard Branson has truly come a long, long way.
Many of these landmark moments happened after Branson first published his autobiography, Losing My Virginity, in 1998.
Even so, Losing My Virginity is a riveting account of how Branson created the Virgin group,one adventure at a time.
It is the tale of how Branson went from being a complete novice at business, hence the group’s name, to being the head of a multibillion dollar corporation with interests in entertainment, health and wellness, aviation, hospitality and even space travel.
Branson’s journey is a lesson about seizing opportunities when they arise, being flexible and adapting quickly to changed circumstances.
It is about doing what it takes to ensure your dreams become reality.
Whether that means giving away his Bentley – a wedding gift from his parents – as a bribe to a musician about to back out at the last minute from a concert.
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Or shaving his beard and donning a wedding gown to promote his bridal wear company.
It’s also a cautionary tale about being aware of the long-term consequences of your actions.
When he left school, Branson’s headmaster predicted that he would either go to prison or become a millionaire.
In typical overachiever fashion, Branson did both.
Tax evasion led to a night in jail and an enormous fine.
If Branson hadn’t paid that in time, it would have meant rearrest and a criminal record.
A budding entrepreneur at the time, his future would have been destroyed.
In the following videos, we’ll tell you what else you can learn from Richard Branson’s life.
That there’s more to life than just work and making money.
That a support system can be invaluable.
That you should learn to see below the surface and spot trends before they’re obvious. And much, much more.