Motivational Minute – What I learned From Richard Branson
I love this guy. Energetic! Risk taker! Entrepreneur!
I recently read an article from Robin Sharma on an interview he did with Richard Branson in Romania at a Leadership conference.
I wanted to condense the interview down to the 10 points that I learned from Branson…on setting goals. His points are very profound. Really nothing you haven’t heard before, but so applicable in practice and life:
- Branding is Everything – A little girl came up to Branson and told him he could be rich and famous because he looked just like Sir Richard Branson.
- Complexity is Your Enemy – It is best to SIMPLIFY your product. Steve Jobs when he took over Apple for the second time reduced the company’s 350 products to 10.
- Take Risk – You can’t chase the sunset by hanging onto the shore. Learn to let go and go!
- Set Huge, Apparently Unachievable Challenges – People laughed at Branson when he wanted to start Virgin Airlines. These are the naysayers, critics and negative people you don’t want, nor need in your life.
- There Are No Rules – You must learn to set your own parameters and learn to fall. It’s from falling where we learn how to get up, and not fall again.
- Be an Idealist – Find a zen garden or a quiet office and learn to dream outrageous dreams. First thing in the morning is best where your creative juices flow best.
- You are The Captain of Your Fate – No one is coming to your rescue. You are the only one who will paint your canvas.
- You Only Live Once – So why not get the most out of it. Rise early…5:30 am, and squeeze the juice out of life, write down your dreams and act boldly.
- Be Close To Family – Family should be one of your top values, for what else are we living for.
- Extremism – It is the pursuit of excellence and not a vice