Richard Branson is not just a successful business owner, but also a true inspiration to others. He is a classic example of someone who overcame tough obstacles to become a self made success story.

Richard Branson wasn't always a billionaire owner of Virgin Group. In school growing up, he struggled with dyslexia and his grades. He actually dropped out at age 16 to focus on being an entrepreneur.

Right before leaving, his school headmaster told him he would either end up in prison or become a millionaire one day. And of course it was the latter.

Branson's first business was a magazine about business ventures for young people called “Student”. Later on, he started a mail-order record business, which later allowed him to open a chain of record stores, starting the Virgin Records brand.

Eventually, Virgin grew into a massive worldwide brand that consists of over 400 companies. Thanks to the success of Virgin Group, Branson is now worth about $5.1 billion as of August 2015. You can keep up with his net worth in real time here.

Richard Branson is truly an inspiration to entrepreneurs and others all around the world. He showed that you don't need perfect grades, a college education, a job or even good reading skills to become a self-made billionaire.

And not only is he such a great inspiration for business owners, but he also teaches us that every minute of everyday should be spent doing what we love and living life to the fullest.

Here are some of his greatest quotes on business success and getting the most out of life…

25 Richard Branson Quotes That Will Motivate And Inspire You

1. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”

2. “You don't learn to walk by following the rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”

3. “Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to keep things simple.”

4. “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.”

5. “Business opportunities are like buses, there's always another one coming.”

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

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7. “One thing is certain in business. You and everyone around you will make mistakes.”

8. “I think it's quite great to set yourself a big challenge, and  then you've got another reason for keeping fit.”

9. “Through the right people focusing on the right things, we can, in time, get on top of a lot if not most problems of this world. And that's what a number of us are trying to do.”

10. “My philosophy is that if I have any money, I invest it in new ventures and not have it sitting around.”

11. “My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of everyday. I never do anything with a feeling of, “Oh God, I've got to do this today.”

12. “You never know with these things when you're trying something new what can happen. This is all experimental.

13. “Every risk is worth taking as long as it's for a good cause, and contributes to a good life.”

14. “To launch a business means successfully solving problems. Solving problems means listening.”

15. “The best advice I could give anyone is to spend your time working on whatever you are passionate about in life.”

16. “Never go into business purely to make money. If that's the motive, you're better off doing nothing.”

17. “The best way of learning about anything is by doing.”

18. “I don't think of work as work and play as play. It's all living.”

19. “The time to go into a new business is when it's badly run by others.”

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20. “Spend more time smiling than frowning and more time praising than criticizing.”

21. “Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don't want to.”

22. “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.”

23. “Entrepreneurial business favors the open mind. It favors people whose optimism drives them to prepare for many possible futures, pretty much purely for the joy of doing so.”

24. “Life is a helluva lot more fun if you say yes rather than no.”

25. “There is no greater thing you can do in your life and your work then follow your passions in a way that serves the world and you.”


We can learn a lot from Richard Branson. He is not only a super successful entrepreneur, but also a cool, fun, humble and inspiring person.

These quotes alone can help you see why he is so successful and enjoys life so much. We could all use a little Richard Branson wisdom every once in a while.

What's your favorite Richard Branson quote?


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Justin Bryant
Justin Bryant

I'm an entrepreneur, fitness freak, artist, car enthusiast, sports fan and self improvement addict. My goal is to help people be their best and create incredible businesses that change the world.

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