Man, can Sir Richard Branson turn a phrase!
When you think of Richard Branson, you think "successful entrepreneur," but he can also come up with some pretty inspiring quotes. The only people that could turn a phrase so fluidly was Benjamin Franklin... Or maybe Albus Dumbledore.
Whether you are a business owner or just someone knocking it through life, Branson's got quotes for all, which is why we chose to find 20 quotes that are epic interpretations of his spirit, savvy, and tenacity on his Birthday.
“The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.”
"You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and by falling over."
"Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again."
“Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress.”
“My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had – every day I’m learning something new.”
"If you want to stand out from the crowd, give people a reason not to forget you."
"You never know with these things when you're trying something new what can happen. This is all experimental."
"My definition of success? The more you’re actively and practically engaged, the more successful you will feel.”
“I am prepared to try anything once.”
“If you don’t have time for the small things, you won’t have time for the big things.”
“When you’re first thinking through an idea, it’s important not to get bogged down in complexity. Thinking simply and clearly, is hard to do.”
"Take the competition seriously, but not yourself."
"Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to make something simple."
"Spend more time smiling than frowning and more time praising than criticizing."
"Chance favors the prepared minded. The more you practice, the luckier you become."
“Some 80% of your life is spent working. You want to have fun at home; why shouldn’t you have fun at work?”
“My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, ’Oh God, I’ve got to do this today.’”
“Through the right people focusing on the right things, we can, in time, get on top of a lot if not most of the problems of this world.”
"If your dreams don't scare you, they are too small."
“The best advice I could give anyone is to spend your time working on whatever you are passionate about in life.”
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICHARD!
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