Richard Branson, the bold billionaire, founder of the Virgin empire (which encompasses over 150 businesses) was a dyslexic, academically struggling kid who did poorly on any IQ test. But at 17, while still in boarding school, Branson published an innovative newspaper called Student. He solicited corporate advertisers, linked students across scools, and filled the paper with articles written by rock stars, movie celebrities, an ministers of the British Parliament. It was a huge business and financial success. The headmaster of his boarding school summed it up like this: "Congratulations, Branson. I predict the you will either go to prison or become a millionaire."
Advice from Richard:
"I don't think of work as work, and play as play. It's all living."
"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."
"Every risk is worth taking as long as it's for a good cause, and contributes to a better life."
"If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity, but you are not sure you can do it, say yes - then learn how to do it later!"
"Don't be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them, and start again."
"If you don't have time for the small things, you won't have time for the big things."
"You must have the courage to trust your instincts and be ready to question what other people don't. If you do that, you can seize opportunities that others would miss. Believe in yourself, and use everything you can - including the obstacles - to propel you along the road to success. Who knows what you might achieve?"
"Above all, you want to create something you're proud of."