Richard Branson well-known figure across world. Owner of the biggest group in the world ‘Virgin Group’. Why I want you all to know about Richard Branson? It’s certainly not just to tell how great or amazing he is. I wanna tell about him to make you realize that if you believe in yourself, you can achieve what you actually want in life even if you are suffering from any problem. So here I go…
Richard Branson is a super cool Dude! Extremely courageous, creative, imaginative, innovative, adventurous & determined. His self-confidence, refusal to give in and readiness to challenge largely accepted norms became the fertile grounds on which success blossomed. From a Dyslexia, poor IQ test, poor image in front of teachers, school & people; he rise himself to the level of the most successful & influential people in world. A creative genius started his success story from an eye catcher student newspaper ‘The Student’ & now owning biggest Group with 400 companies ‘Virgin Group’.
The person for whom business is not about wearing suits or keeping stockholders pleased. It’s about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials. I like & respect Richard Branson not just because of his extremely confident personality & his inspiring story but also because he is the man who really want the world to grow. He is the man who helps, promote young entrepreneur with amazingly cool ideas. Virgin Startup helps entrepreneur with funding, resources & advice they need to make their business in reality.
He believe in himself & did what his heart said not what world assumed. He refuse to follow crowd, he refused to limit himself because of dyslexia, He refused to accept the poor IQ test result, he refused to be poor failure unnoticed common person and he refused to let stigmas of the society pull him down. His achievements were born of his undying trust on self, willpower & determination. He wins because that’s what he wants to and that’s what he is born for. I like him because no amount of ridicule could ever rob his confidence & faith.
Here are some interesting details of his career: The 20-something Richard Branson racked up a résumé that would impress no one: high-school dropout with dyslexia and had poor reading and math skills. Failed get-rich-quick schemes. Long-haired, barefooted hippie. Struggling business that led to two arrests and a night in jail on suspicion of tax evasion. His IQ scores were low and to teachers & school he was obviously not bright. But what IQ test & school failed to notice is his burning ambition, creative intelligence & exemplary interpersonal skills. His strong desire drove him on to find creative solutions no matter what problems were & to keep persisting where others would have given up long before.
As a teenager, Richard became extremely frustrated with the rigidity of schools rules & regulations. His first creative rebellion was to start his own Newspaper for Students. A dyslexic starting a Newspaper? Yes! He started his newspaper ‘The Student’ He didn’t published boring newspaper dedicated to school neither he limited his paper to student articles. He made it colorful, exciting & appealing to all. He invites Rockstars, Movie stars, sports stars, creative stars, MPs etc to contribute. He thought it differently & ‘The Student’ was a hit. Richard’s college principal said to him ‘Congratulation Branson! I predict you will either go to prison or become a millionaire,” Branson always recognizes opportunities when they cruise by him, and it was this innate business knack that helped him lay the foundation to what is today one of the world’s best known brands.
In 1970, the British Government had abolished the Retail Price Maintenance Agreement, but major music stores refused to lower the price of their ware. Branson started a mail order discount music records business that progressed like wildfire. The first chapter in the glorious story of Virgin is young Branson’s decision to set up the recording studio Virgin Records, fueled by the success of his discount records venture. The name “Virgin” was coined by a colleague who explained that they were all virgins in business, and thus the name was apt. Mike Oldfield’s instrumental compositions Tubular Bells topped charts in 1973, and stayed on the UK charts for almost 250 weeks.
Richard Branson is known for his boldness, be it his appetite for adventure sports, or for his unconventional business methods. Soon after the launch of Virgin Records, Branson signed on the controversial Sex Pistols, and went on to gain appreciation for publishing avant-garde works like that of Faust and Can. And thereon began a series of trend-setting achievements in the musical world. Today, Virgin is a brand whose assortment of businesses includes airways, publishing and distributing books, music supermarkets, start-up loans, credit cards, holiday planning, fitness clubs and recently, countering global warming. The empire called Virgin Group is made of more than 400 companies that function independently with different boards. However, all these companies have something in common: the collective knowledge and experience.
You may like to read his Autobiography book ‘Losing My Virginity’ , it’s also a perennial bestseller.
If a man suffering from dyslexia could make history & become billionaire with people following him & writing about him than why you are holding yourself?? Trust yourself!
Your believe, willpower, determination & ability to channelize your energy into something you wanna do is the key.
You hold the key to unlock door of your success! Come On! Go for It!