Richard Branson

A Quote by Richard Branson on profit and business

...making profits is important because it keeps all our people in jobs and, you know, it keeps what we — what we’ve created going, but, you know, what we’re — what I get my — what I’m proud about doing is creating companies which we’re really proud of, you know, which we can really be proud of and a byproduct of that hopefully will be that they’ll be profitable and be able to pay the bills.

Richard Branson

Source: Transcript of Jane Pauley’s Interview with Sir Richard Branson: http://www.business-opportunities.biz/2005/10/19/transcript-of-jane-pauleys-interview-with-sir-richard-branson/

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A Quote by Richard Branson on people, manager, and leadership

The number one thing that matters, especially if you’re going to be manager at Virgin, is how good you are with people. If you’re — if you’re good with people and you’ve got — you know, and you really care, genuinely care about people then I’m sure we could find a job for you at Virgin. I think, you know, that, you know, that the companies that look after their people are the companies that do really well. I’m sure we’d like a few other attributes, but that would be the most important one.

Richard Branson

Source: Transcript of Jane Pauley’s Interview with Sir Richard Branson: http://www.business-opportunities.biz/2005/10/19/transcript-of-jane-pauleys-interview-with-sir-richard-branson/

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A Quote by Richard Branson on legacy, business, and vision

What would you like your legacy to be?

To have created one of the most respected companies in the world. Not necessarily the biggest.

Richard Branson

Source: Thoroughly postmodern billionaire: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2006/apr/28/citynews.mondaymediasection

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A Quote by Richard Branson on mistakes and business

What has been your biggest mistake?

I find it very difficult to think of mistakes; not that I don't make any but because I was brought up to look only at the good things in life ... As for what lost the most money, probably Virgin Cola. It is still No 1 in Bangladesh though.

Richard Branson

Source: Thoroughly postmodern billionaire: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2006/apr/28/citynews.mondaymediasection

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A Quote by Richard Branson on business, entrepreneurship, money, passion, and purpose

What was the first business idea you came up with?

I set up this magazine called Student when I was 16, and I didn't do it to make money - I did it because I wanted to edit a magazine. There wasn't a national magazine run by students, for students. I didn't like the way I was being taught at school. I didn't like what was going on in the world, and I wanted to put it right.

Of course, a lot of businesses want to reach students, so I funded the magazine by selling advertising. I sold something like $8,000 worth of advertising for the first edition, and that was in 1966. I printed up 50,000 copies, and I didn't even have to charge for them on the newsstand because my costs were already covered.

So I became a publisher by mistake - well, not quite by mistake, because I wanted to be an editor but I had to make sure the magazine would survive. The point is this: Most businesses fail, so if you're going to succeed, it has to be about more than making money.

Richard Branson

Source: Branson's Next Big Bet: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2006/08/01/8382250/

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A Quote by Richard Branson on business, entrepreneurship, passion, and purpose

Ideally, since 80 percent of your life is spent working, you should start your business around something that is a passion of yours. If you're into kite-surfing and you want to become an entrepreneur, do it with kite-surfing.

Look, if you can indulge in your passion, life will be far more interesting than if you're just working. You'll work harder at it, and you'll know more about it. But first you must go out and educate yourself on whatever it is that you've decided to do - know more about kite-surfing than anyone else. That's where the work comes in. But if you're doing things you're passionate about, that will come naturally.

Richard Branson

Source: Branson's Next Big Bet: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2006/08/01/8382250/

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A Quote by Richard Branson on passion, business, and enterpreneurship

Ideally, since 80 percent of your life is spent working, you should start your business around something that is a passion of yours. If you're into kite-surfing and you want to become an entrepreneur, do it with kite-surfing.

Look, if you can indulge in your passion, life will be far more interesting than if you're just working. You'll work harder at it, and you'll know more about it. But first you must go out and educate yourself on whatever it is that you've decided to do - know more about kite-surfing than anyone else. That's where the work comes in. But if you're doing things you're passionate about, that will come naturally.

Richard Branson

Source: Business 2.0: Branson's Next Big Bet: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2006/08/01/8382250/

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A Quote by Richard Branson on global warming, sustainability, alternative energy, conscious business, and conscious capitalism

I used to be skeptical of global warming, but now I'm absolutely convinced that the world is spiraling out of control. CO2 is like a bushfire that gets bigger and bigger every year.

All of us who are in a position to do something about it must do something about it. Because Virgin is involved with planes and trains, we have even more responsibility. So we've put aside quite a lot of money to invest in alternative fuels. Over the next four years, we'll invest something like $1 billion in alternative fuels.

The money is going into a whole series of different things like building ethanol plants. We're looking into wind power. We're looking into solar. And we're also actually working on developing a new kind of fuel, which I can't say much about but which is quite exciting.

Richard Branson

Source: Business 2.0: Branson's Next Big Bet: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2006/08/01/8382250/

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A Quote by Richard Branson on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship

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.

Richard Branson

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A Quote by Richard Branson on business, creativity, and instinct

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

Richard Branson

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