Richard Branson

Born on 18 Jul 1950


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You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.
My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, 'Oh God, I've got to do this today.'
I believe that if you're going to take someone on, you might as well take on the biggest brand in the world.

'The Mavericks,' Fortune (1995)
Growth does not always lead a business to build on success. All too often it converts a highly successful business into a mediocre large business.

Speech to the Institute of Directors, London. 'Growing Bigger While Still Staying Small' (1993)
I think it's quite great to set yourself a big challenge, and then you've got another reason for keeping fit.
The kinds of people we employ are not afraid of taking risks. If someone mucks up, they don't get a bollocking from me. They know they've mucked up and they redouble their efforts.

Interview, ASAP (1997)
One thing is certain in business. You and everyone around you will make mistakes.
Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.
In a restless, creative business with an emphasis on experiment and development, ideas are the lifeblood.

Speech to the Institute of Directors, London. 'Growing Bigger While Still Staying Small' (1993)
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."