on Business, Leadership & Passion
from Forbes magazine 5/13 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4biz
As soon as I read all about him, I’ve been a big fan of Richard Branson. Ignore his daring publicity stunts, but focus on him starting as a Teenager and creating an Empire of several hundred companies (ie, Virgin Records & Atlantic to Virgin Space). I’m fascinated by serial entrepreneurs – as a general rule – and Branson just continues to do the most amazing things with such drama, confidence & joy. And it turns out that he says insightful and useful things in the process. So, for your inspiration and delight . . .
“Some 80% of your life is spent working. You want to have fun at home; why shouldn’t you have fun at work?”
“Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to keep things simple.”
“A company is people … employees want to know… am I being listened to or am I a cog in the wheel? People really need to feel wanted.”
“I don’t think of work as work and play as play. It’s all living.”
“Most necessary evils are far more necessary than evil.”
“Engage your emotions at work. Your instincts and emotions are there to help you.”
“You can never go too far wrong by thinking like a customer who’s new to the business.”
“You shouldn’t blindly accept a leader’s advice. You’ve got to question leaders on occasion.”
“I believe that drudgery and clock-watching are a terrible betrayal of that universal, inborn entrepreneurial spirit.”
“The time to go into a new business is when it’s badly run by others.”
“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you.”
And then there’s my very favorite one of all – something that I actually see fairly often: “Screw it, let’s just do it.”
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