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:
- "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."
- "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."
- "A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts."
- "Entrepreneurship is about turning what excites you in life into capital, so that you can do more of it and move forward with it."
- "I believe that drudgery and clock watching are a terrible betrayal of that universal, inborn entrepreneurial spirit."
- "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."
- "A business is simply an idea to make other people's lives better."
- "My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges, and trying to rise above them."
- "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:
- "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."
- "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?