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Wisdom from Sir Richard Branson

Wisdom from Sir Richard Branson

For my 100th post on Care2.com, I’m going to share something a little different. Awhile ago I had the honor of spending a few hours with Sir Richard Branson at his home on Necker Island, in the British Virgin Islands.

As I walked into his home, I found him lying in a hammock in an alcove of the great room, open to the warm tropical breezes, overlooking the multi-colored turquoise Caribbean Sea. Bliss.

Barefoot and dressed in swim shorts and a tee shirt, he looked more like a Jimmy Buffett fan rather than the founder of the Virgin Group, best known as the only person in the world to have created eight separate billion-dollar companies from scratch, each in a different sector. He currently holds the rank of #261 on the Forbes List of Billionaires.

Since my return, the number one question I’ve been asked is, “What did you learn from Richard Branson?” I have extracted excerpts from our interview and compiled them into Today’s Brilliance. I hope you enjoy it.

The Top 10 Things I’ve Learned From Richard Branson

1) The Most Important Thing in Life is Family

Our relationship with our spouse, children and parents is the most important thing in life. Richard was part of a close-knit family, raised in the countryside of England. From a small boy he was strongly influenced by his parents, who still remain an integral part of his life today.

When I asked Richard about the influence of his mother, he smiled and said his mother was and still is “impossible to keep up with”. When Richard was a small boy, his mother was determined that he should stand on his own two feet. At 4 years of age, she put him out of the car and told him to find his own way to his Grandmother’s house. Still a memorable event for Richard, he attributes his mother’s determination that he should find his own way in life as a great part of his success.

Richard and Joan, his wife of 32 years, remain happily married and very close to their adult children. Although his children “have had it a bit easier than [he] did”, Richard and Joan have instilled a sense of responsibility, while surrounding them with closeness and love.

“What you’re really doing is bringing up your children to continue onwards after you. It’s finding the time to be really close to your children. Finding the time to be sure they have 100% love and commitment from a father or a mother.”

In business, unlike many who may just say the words for good PR, Richard believes that running a company is also like a family. “For the people who work with Virgin – it is their home.” And just as he’s created a happy, close multi-generational family, he has done the same thing with his global business family….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.

Sir Richard is the founder of the Virgin Group and the only person to ever create eight separate billion dollar companies each in a different sector.

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1:01AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Thanks for that - You are indeed fortunate to have spend time with Sir Richard at his beautiful retreat. He certainly has a very attractive manner when dealing with people and I also like his openness to positive change, to helping those less fortunate and he seems to be able to bring joy to his undertakings and balances his life very well.

5:08AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Thanks for the article.

10:49PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

Good to know that you found him pleasant. I wouldn't trust him as far as I could throw him.





10:44PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

he is impressive

4:56PM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

thanks

12:06PM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

That'ts the best laugh I had all week. The new guru for our age is Branson, the dilettante dabbler in everything from coke to condoms and a favourite entrepereneur of the blessed St. Margaret, whose Conservative government stole the nation's nationalised industries and sold them off.
Generations of hard-working taxpayers had paid to run them and they belonged to the nation, not the government of the day. If they were to be privatised,m the shares should have been
allocated to the citizens of this UK, in the same manner as was done in Russia after the fall of Communism.
If Branson's spent less time with his head in he clouds, then perhaps his companies would be better run. Just Goole "Virgin Trains" and you find thousands upon thousands of complains from angry, dissatisfied and outraged customers.
Sadly, in the UK, we do not have the same concept or level of service as in the USA, where
companies such as Amazon. Video Universe etc. are excellent and a pleasure to do business with.
Sounds to be as this hagiographic piece is a product of his well-oiled publicity machine.

12:01PM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

Thanks!

11:27AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

tks

11:03AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

Wonderful. Thank you.

5:37AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

correction to last post sacred selfishness in Yogananda' writings means unselfishness

"To avoid the pitfalls of evil selfishness, a person should first establish himself in the good forms of selfishness, where he thinks of his family and those he serves as part of himself. From that attainment, he can then advance to the practice of sacred selfishness (or unselfishness, as ordinary understanding would term it), where one sees the entire universe as oneself.

http://www.anandaclaritymagazine.com/2004/09/yogananda-christ-prosperity/

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