I've always been impressed by the career of Richard Branson. Who wouldn't be? After all, he's a sharp businessman, a visionary, and unlike many, finds a way to find the joy in winning. In fact, I've found his words to be particularly powerful for inspiring work fulfillment. Here are some quotes:

On Authenticity:

  1. "To me, business isn't about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It's about being true to yourself, your ideas, and focusing on the essentials."

On Positivity:

  1. "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."
  1. "A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts."

On Entrepreneurship:

  1. "Entrepreneurship is about turning what excites you in life into capital, so that you can do more of it and move forward with it."
  1. "I believe that drudgery and clock watching are a terrible betrayal of that universal, inborn entrepreneurial spirit."

On Caring:

  1. "Having a personality of caring about people is important. You can't be a good leader unless you generally like people. That is how you bring out the best in them."
  1. "A business is simply an idea to make other people's lives better."

On Challenges:

  1. "My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges, and trying to rise above them."
  1. "My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had--every day I'm learning something new."

Summing Things Up:

  1. "Above all, you want to create something you're proud of. This has always been my philosophy of business. I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive, then I believe you are better off not doing it."
  1. "I don't think of work as work and play as play. It's all living."

Those are some of my favorites from the words of Richard Branson. Which entrepreneurs inspire you?

 

Published on: Feb 8, 2016
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