Richard Branson’s Eight Rules to Live by

British entrepreneur Richard Branson dropped out of school at the age of sixteen and later launched Virgin Records in the early 1970s, eventually building his business into the multinational Virgin Group and beyond. Branson is very successful and there is something we all can learn from him.

Take a slice of wisdom from Branson:
1. Just do it

  • Believe it can be done
  • Have goals
  • Prepare well
  • Help each other
2. Have fun
  • Have fun and work hard, money will come
  • Don’t waste time, grab your chances
  • Have a positive outlook on life
  • When it’s not fun, move on
3. Be bold 
  • Calculate the risks and take them
  • Believe in yourself
  • Chase your dreams and goals
  • Have no regrets
  • Keep your word
4. Challenge yourself
  • Aim high
  • Try new things
  • Always try
5. Stand on your own two feet
  • Rely on yourself
  • Chase your dreams but live in the real world
  • Work together
6. Live in the moment
  • Live life and live it fully
  • Enjoy every moment
  • Reflect on your life
  • Make every second count
  • Don’t have regrets
7. Value family and friends
  • Put your family and team first
  • Be loyal
  • Face problems head on
  • Pick the right people and reward talent
8. Have respect
  • Be positive and respectful
  • Do the right thing
  • Keep your good name
  • Be fair in all dealings
And most importantly, may we all follow one principle Richard Branson has shared, “Have faith in yourself, think YES not no, and live life to the fullest by never giving up.”

Here’s to you never giving up!

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