Born Richard Charles Nicholas Branson on 18thof July 1950. From being a rejected and dejected boy who dropped out of school, to becoming the richest man in the United Kingdom and the founder of the Virgin Group, a company that controls more than 400 companies, Richard Branson definitely has some secrets that made him hugely successful. But wait! Why are some people very successful in life when most other people fail? It must be because successful people know, think, and do certain things that other people don't. Richard Branson’s7 secrets of success. By secrets, we mean what he knows, thinks, and does that makes him very successful. 

When Life gives you a Lemon, make it a Lemonade 

Richard Branson nearly failed out of the all-boysScaitcliffe School, which he attended until the age of 13. He then transferred to StoweSchool, a boarding school in Stowe, Buckinghamshire, England. Because Branson has dyslexia, he had a poor academic performance. On his last day at school, his headmaster, Robert Drayson, told him he would either end up in prison or become a millionaire. Branson’s headmaster was probably a prophet. Richard Branson, even with poor academic performance and the stigma of dropping out of school ends up being one of the most respected and richest people in the world. Listen to this! If we want to make excuses, we all have some. You may be born with some disabilities, poverty, or stigma. You can use this as an excuse to be a failure in life or you look for ways to turn your lemon into lemonade. Stop making excuses. Nobody is listening. Regardless of challenges life brings your way, be strong and fight for success because you deserve it. 

Start Where you Are with What you Have

Richard Branson started his record business from the church where he ran Student magazine. Branson interviewed several prominent personalities of the late 1960s for the magazine including Mick Jagger and R. D. Laing. Branson advertised popular records in The Student magazine, and it was an overnight success. Trading under the name "Virgin", Richard Branson sold records for considerably less than the"High Street" outlets, especially the chain W. H. Smith. Branson once said, "There is no point in starting your own business unless you do it out of a sense of frustration." In our experience, most people are looking for ways to achieve their dreams, and most times, these people are waiting for a time when they’ll have better insight, clearer vision, perfect weather, or more money. If Richard Branson couldn’t get started with the Student Magazine, you might never hear his name. Start with whatever you have, where you are. 

You Don’t Need Experience 

The name "Virgin" was suggested by one of Branson's early employees because they were all new at business. We have received emails from people who wish to start businesses but claim not to have experience, just as if the experience is DNA. Listen. Nobody started life with experience in anything. Nobody was born with experience or understanding of anything. People who achieve success with their lives are people who get out, even as inexperienced,d and start learning. You should be willing to get started, make mistakes, and get over failures. The only way to be a genius is to be willing to learn. Genius wasn’t born! 

Every Disappointment is a Business

Branson's first successful entry into the airline industry was during a trip to Puerto Rico. His flight was canceled, so he decided to charter his own plane the rest of the way and offer a ride to the rest of the stranded passengers for a small fee in order to cover the cost. After this disappointment, Richard Branson believed that there should be a better way to go about the Airline business, hence he started Virgin Airline. Listen to this. There are two kinds of people in our world today, people who complain about problems and people who solve problems. If you belong to the formal group, you’re not likely to be rich. If you belong to the latter group, you’re probably already rich. Turn your disappointment into a business. 

Dream Big or Don’t Dream

Branson wrote in his autobiography of the decision to start an airline: "My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them ... from the perspective of wanting to live life to the full, I felt that I had to attempt it."Most human beings simply keep it to save all their lives. There’s no point! Life is naturally risky, whether you try something big or you keep your head safe. Whether you dream big or small, you’ll fail in life, why dreaming small? The voice inside you scaring you away from failure is your enemy. If you have to live at all, you have to live big. If you have to dream at all, you ought to todream big.

Consume Good Books 

Branson has stated in a number of interviews that he has been much influenced by non-fiction books. The most commonly mentions Nelson Mandela'sautobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, explaining that Mandela was "one of the most inspiring I have ever met and had the honor to call my friend."An average American read a book a year. Most people in the world don’t even read any book after they are out of the university. You wonder why most people in the world are broke and unsuccessful? Stop wondering! You are what you read. If you read junk, you’ll have a junk mind and a junk life. If you read good books, you’ll have a renewed mind and a great life. Go out today and buy some good books. 

True Joy Comes from Giving 

Back On 9 February 2007, Branson announced the setting up of a new global science and technology prize—The Virgin Earth Challenge—in the belief that history has shown that prizes of this nature encourage technological advancements for the good of mankind. The Virgin Earth Challenge was to award $25million to the individual or group who are able to demonstrate a commercially viable design that will result in the net removal of anthropogenic, atmospheric greenhouse gases each year for at least ten years without countervailing harmful effects. On 21 September 2006, Branson pledged to invest the profits of Virgin Atlantic and VirginTrains in research for environmentally-friendly fuels. The investment is estimated to be worth$3 billion. No matter who you are, you can give back to society. At the end of our life's journey, giving back is what makes us feel fulfilled.

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