I was dyslexic, I had no understanding of schoolwork whatsoever. I certainly would have failed IQ tests. And it was one of the reasons I left school when I was 15 years old. And if I – if I’m not interested in something, I don’t grasp it.
A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.
Only a fool never changes his mind.
I wanted to be an editor or a journalist, I wasn’t really interested in being an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going.
Nobody’s ever called me Sir Richard. Occasionally in America, I hear people saying Sir Richard and think there’s some Shakespearean play taking place. But nowhere else anyway.
I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It’s done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer.
I really believe that being in the moment is the key to happiness and success, and being constantly glued to your phone can have a big impact on your relationship.
Acquiring the habit of note-taking is therefore a wonderfully complementary skill to that of listening.
They encouraged me to always look for the good in people instead of assuming the worst and trying to find fault.
If your dreams don’t scare you they are too small.
We, we – as I say, we go in and shake up other industries and I think, you know, we do it differently and I think that industries are not quite the same as a result of Virgin attacking the market.
Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.
Life is a helluva lot more fun if you say yes rather than no.
Listen more than you talk. Nobody learned anything by hearing themselves speak.
While I love technology and social media, a text or a tweet can never replace the real value of conversation.
I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator.
It’s all too easy to miss out on the important moments in life because you’re too busy staring at your phone.
What’s the quickest way to become a millionaire? Borrow fivers off everyone you meet.
It is only by being bold that you get anywhere. If you are a risk-taker, then the art is to protect the downside.
A touch of the jitters sharpens the mind, gets the adrenaline flowing and helps you to focus.
If you’re bringing up kids, you just want to smother them with love and praise and enthusiasm. So I don’t think you can mollycoddle your kids too much really.
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