7 Richard Branson Quotes to Inspire Your Business

Inspire Your Business

Sir Richard Branson is an entrepreneurial hero. Founder and chairman of Virgin Group, he owns over 400 companies in 30 countries, including Virgin Records, Virgin Airlines and Virgin Galactic. Pretty impressive for a guy who was held back by dyslexia and dropped out of school.

Granted, we aren’t all going to reach the heights of success or wealth achieved by Mr. Branson, but his business methodologies have inspired many a brand and have become the backbone of countless successful companies.

From the humble beginnings of his magazine ‘Student’, to his multibillion pound global empire, there’s no denying that Branson has worked hard. Often going against the grain and ignoring advice, he has applied logic to his ventures and has pioneered the kind of work culture that demonstrates power in numbers.

Here are 7 Richard Branson quotes to inspire your business:

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”

Luck is not random – it is the alignment of two powerful aspects that keep your business moving forward. Opportunities always exist but you’ve got to be ready for them. Preparation is never a waste of time; preparation is expectation and expectation is belief. Great things happen when you believe.

“Whatever your goal is you will never succeed unless you let go of your fears and fly”

With success comes an element of risk. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. You have to embrace change; as uncomfortable as that place can be, change opens new doors. The key is in the preparation. Be ready for new opportunities.

“Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress”

Respect is not a tactic, it’s a way of being. To be respectful, you need to have empathy and connect with people. Business is cut-throat but it doesn’t mean you have to be barbaric. Having respect is more likely to foster deeper relationships with your clients, your partners and your employees.

“I have always believed that the way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers, and that people flourish when they are praised”

If you look after your own workforce, they will naturally look after you and your clients. It comes back to respect and empathy. If you create a great working environment for your staff, you breed a sense of pride and loyalty. If you do the opposite, you breed resentment.

“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”

Again, this comes back to how you look after your workforce. Consider their own personal journeys and teach them well to get the best out of them, to benefit their individual careers as well as your business. Treat them with respect and they will exceed expectations.

“As soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live”.

A great business is making a success of something you love doing. Being passionate about what you do is a great feeling – it makes going to work feel like less of a job. Sometimes that changes and the passion is lost. It’s ok to admit that and let it go. Do the things that make you happy – be ready to embrace change.

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”

The word failure has such negative connotations but actually it’s a very powerful and positive lesson. Failure forms part of a trial and error approach. To perfect something, you have to get it wrong a few times before you get it right.