The Biggest Risk Is Not Taking Any Risk

“The luckiest people and businesses are those that are prepared to take the greatest risks. We can all create our own luck by taking the necessary risks to open the door to change, progression and success.” —Richard Branson

 

One of many inspirational quotes from my favorite multi-billionaire entrepreneur.

Below are several quotes that explain what I admire about Branson, whom I find consistently “walks the talk.” Although we are worlds apart, I believe we are kindred spirits in regard to so many areas. I hope they inspire and entertain you as much they do me.

 

Resilience

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures. Learn from them and start again.”

 

Autonomy

“My mother was determined to make us independent. When I was four years old, she stopped the car a few miles from our house and made me find my own way home across the fields. I got hopelessly lost.”

Passion

“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.”

Life

“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.'”

Education

“Education doesn’t just take place in stuffy classrooms and university buildings, it can happen everywhere, every day to every person.”

Dreams

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.”

Leadership

“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”

Passion

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

Authenticity

“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.”

Perfectionism

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

Optimism

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

Irreverence

“With the casino and the beds, our passengers will have at least two ways to get lucky on one of our flights.”

Work

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

If I had a chance to ask him one question…

I’d ask him what he does each day to manage his energy and be in the state of flow as often as he seems to be. Sir Richard Branson is, among one of several wildly successful ‘quiet’ entrepreneurs —including Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Mark Zuckerburg —  a self-proclaimed introvert. As an introvert, I know that having time each day in solitude is essential to my overall health and well-being.

And, if I had to venture a guess, it would be what I’ve found to be the introvert’s secret weapon when focused on any endeavor: passion.

What’s the answer, Richard?

Enjoy,

-Ruth

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 6

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