167+ Best Richard Branson Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is a British business magnate, investor, author and philanthropist. Profoundly inspirational Richard Branson quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Richard Branson Quotes

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. – Richard Branson

Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. – Richard Branson

Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to. – Richard Branson

If you look after your staff, they’ll look after your customers. It’s that simple. – Richard Branson

Most skills can be learned, but it is difficult to train people on their personality. – Richard Branson

There is no point in going into a business unless you can make a radical difference in other people’s lives. – Richard Branson

If you get into business solely to make money, you won’t. If you try to make a real difference, you’ll find success. – Richard Branson

Have fun, work hard and money will come. Don’t waste time – grab your chances. Have a positive outlook on life. When it’s not fun, move on. – Richard Branson

All you have in life is your reputation: you may be very rich, but if you lose your good name, then you’ll never be happy. The thought will always lurk at the back of your mind that people don’t trust you. – Richard Branson

Failing can provide invaluable lessons and making mistakes and experiencing setbacks is part of the DNA of every successful entrepreneur. – Richard Branson

Setting customer expectations at a level that is aligned with consistently deliverable levels of customer service requires that your whole staff, from product development to marketing, works in harmony with your brand image. – Richard Branson

Have faith in yourself. Think yes not no. Live life to the full. Never give up. – Richard Branson

I’m sure you get the best out of people if you look for the best in them. People don’t need to be told when they’ve done something wrong – they know it without having to be told. – Richard Branson

Don’t wait till you are big before you begin building your brand. Build a brand from scratch alongside your business. – Richard Branson

Every great movement in the world starts with a tiny group of people who simply refuse to accept a situation. – Richard Branson

Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming. – Richard Branson

Launching a business is essentially an adventure in problem-solving. – Richard Branson

When something doesn’t go exactly to plan, money is tight or a business is struggling – see it as a challenge rather than a failure. Look outside the box and try and find a solution – you’ll be surprised how many great opportunities and possibilities arise when things look bad. You’ve just got to open your mind and not be afraid of sticking your neck out! – Richard Branson

My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had – everyday I’m learning something new. – Richard Branson

You can’t do a good business with a bad person. Find the right people to work with and you can’t go wrong. – Richard Branson

Well, I think that there’s a very thin dividing line between success and failure. And I think if you start a business without financial backing, you’re likely to go the wrong side of that dividing line. – Richard Branson

I am a great believer that you need passion and energy to create a truly successful business. – Richard Branson

When people are placed in positions slightly above what they expect, they are apt to excel. – Richard Branson

Running a business is making a difference in people’s lives – Richard Branson

A company is people … employees want to know… am I being listened to or am I a cog in the wheel? People really need to feel wanted. – Richard Branson

Taking bold climate action now has the potential to unleash the full power of business and at the same time lift millions of people out of poverty. We’re the first generation to recognize this and the last generation that will have this opportunity. – Richard Branson

I personally don’t believe anything is impossible. With enough determination and effort, almost everything is possible. – Richard Branson

My philosophy is that if I have any money I invest it in new ventures and not have it sitting around. – Richard Branson

If I’m setting up a new business I’ll spend three or four months learning everything there is about that business, everything there is about that subject and then I will find good people to run it on a day-to-day basis, but whilst they’re running it at least I know what they’re talking about when they come back to me. – Richard Branson

I think you can get happiness through making a real difference in other people’s lives by setting out to make other people’s lives better and setting out to right the wrongs in the world. – Richard Branson

Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change. – Richard Branson

I will work day and night to avoid failure, but if I can’t, I’ll pick myself up the next day. The most important thing for entrepreneurs is not to be put off by failure. – Richard Branson

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

Give your employees a mission that matches their ambitions. When you challenge people, they surprise you. – Richard Branson

Please don’t get hung up on this question of whether you need to have experience in an industry before you launch your startup. – Richard Branson

Unless you dream, nothing will happen. If you dream, you might be able to make your dreams come true. – Richard Branson

A good leader leads from the front. Don’t get stuck in the office. Get out, meet people and listen to their stories. – Richard Branson

Rather than getting nostalgic…embrace the new opportunities and challenges available to you now. – Richard Branson

Don’t bother doing something unless you’re radically different from the competition. – Richard Branson

You get the idea. Every business, like a painting, operates according to its own rules. There are many ways to run a successful company. What works once may never work again. What everyone tells you never to do may just work, once. There are no rules. You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over, and it’s because you fall over that you learn to save yourself from falling over. It’s the greatest thrill in the world and it runs away screaming at the first sight of bullet points. – Richard Branson

People have to decide on priorities if they want to get anywhere. The best lessons I learned was to just do it. – Richard Branson

Life’s too short. If you’re passionate – stand up. – Richard Branson

Universities are fantastic places to gain knowledge on a subject, develop a personal network, explore your character and learn new techniques to approach problems. I do however believe that there is a strong argument for students who have an idea they are passionate about to just try and turn it into a reality. I fell into this category and I don’t regret not going to University. – Richard Branson

What is a business? It’s simply an idea that makes someone else’s life better – Richard Branson

You’re offering a great service. People are tuning in. So continue to find great people, continue to do what you’re doing. And do it better than your rivals. I know that’s easier said than done. – Richard Branson

Although my spelling is still sometimes poor, I have managed to overcome the worst of my difficulties through training myself to concentrate. – Richard Branson

As much as you need a strong personality to build a business from scratch, you also must understand the art of delegation. I have to be good at helping people run the individual businesses, and I have to be willing to step back. The company must be set up so it can continue without me. – Richard Branson

Starting a business is a huge amount of hard work… You had better enjoy it. – Richard Branson

Realize that the people who are working with you, this is their life. You know, 80% of their time is spent at work. Make sure that they’re proud of what they’re doing, that they’re enjoying what they’re doing. – Richard Branson

Communicate your passion clearly, concisely and with genuine conviction. – Richard Branson

If you create something that makes a difference in people’s lives, you are likely to become a business success as well – Richard Branson

Only a fool never changes his mind. – Richard Branson

All successful people – not just entrepreneurs – have got things wrong over and over again before finding the right solution. – Richard Branson

With all my employees, I listen to them, trust in them, believe in them, respect them and let them have a go! I never believe I know better than they do and have been fortunate over the years to build up a very strong management team whom I can trust and take advice from. – Richard Branson

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! – Richard Branson

Listen more than you talk. Nobody learned anything by hearing themselves speak. – Richard Branson

Please be polite. Nothing in life should erode the habit of saying thank you to people or praising them. – Richard Branson

There is no such thing as a boring person: everyone has stories and insights worth sharing. While on the road, we let our phones or laptops take up our attention. By doing that, we might miss out on the chance to learn and absorb ideas and inspiration from an unexpected source: our fellow travelers. – Richard Branson

Listen. Take the best. Leave the rest. – Richard Branson

If people aren’t calling you crazy, you aren’t thinking big enough. – Richard Branson

Success cannot be measured in wealth, fame or power, but by whether you have made a positive difference for others. – Richard Branson

The way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers – Richard Branson

Confidence breeds confidence and negativity breeds negativity. Treat those around you with respect and dignity and they will thrive. – Richard Branson

As a leader of people, you have to be a great listener, a great motivator, be very good at praising and bringing out the best in people. – Richard Branson

I have always believed that there is no point in having regrets as you learn far more from mistakes than successes. Embrace a mistake and learn from it; don’t regret them. – Richard Branson

Your employees are your company’s real competitive advantage. They’re the ones making the magic happen-so long as their needs are being met. – Richard Branson

If you aim higher than you expect, you could reach higher than you dreamed. – Richard Branson

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. – Richard Branson

Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to keep things simple. – Richard Branson

The best way of learning about anything is by doing. – Richard Branson

Never take your eyes off the cash flow because it’s the life blood of business. – Richard Branson

Drive, determination, passion and hard work are all free and more valuable than a pot of cash. – Richard Branson

Successful entrepreneurs don’t wait for the perfect moment – they create it – Richard Branson

Colleagues should take care of each other, have fun, celebrate success, learn by failure, look for reasons to praise not to criticize, communicate freely and respect each other. – Richard Branson

The balloons only have one life and the only way of finding out whether they work is to attempt to fly around the world. – Richard Branson

We’ve always had a pretty competitive and pretty ferocious battle with British Airways… It’s lasted now about 14 years, and we’re very pleased to have survived it. – Richard Branson

I think it’s quite great to set yourself a big challenge, and then you’ve got another reason for keeping fit. – Richard Branson

You never know with these things when you’re trying something new what can happen. This is all experimental. – Richard Branson

Nobody’s ever called me Sir Richard. Occasionally in America, I hear people saying Sir Richard and think there’s some Shakespearean play taking place. But nowhere else anyway. – Richard Branson

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. And that’s what a number of us are trying to do. – Richard Branson

The music industry is a strange combination of having real and intangible assets: pop bands are brand names in themselves, and at a given stage in their careers their name alone can practically gaurantee hit records. – Richard Branson

I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator. – Richard Branson

Well, the odds must be against anybody being able to fly around the world in a balloon on the first attempt. All of us who are attempting to go around the world in balloons are effectively flying in experimental craft because these craft cannot be tested. – Richard Branson

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.’ – Richard Branson

I wanted to be an editor or a journalist, I wasn’t really interested in being an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going. – Richard Branson

The funny thing is people won’t let me pay for things. I’ll be in a restaurant and the manager will say, ‘Oh no, it’s on the house.’ – Richard Branson

For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth. But with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility. And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people, and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference. – Richard Branson

Ridiculous yachts and private planes and big limousines won’t make people enjoy life more, and it sends out terrible messages to the people who work for them. It would be so much better if that money was spent in Africa – and it’s about getting a balance. – Richard Branson

One thing is certain in business, you and everyone around you will make mistakes. – Richard Branson

I cannot remember a moment in my life when I have not felt the love of my family. We were a family that would have killed for each other – and we still are. – Richard Branson

And you know, I’ve had great fun turning quite a lot of different industries on their head and making sure those industries will never be the same again, because Virgin went in and took them on. – Richard Branson

If you want to be a Millionaire, start with a billion dollars and launch a new airline. – Richard Branson

I love the freedom of movement that my phone gives me. That has definitely transformed my life. – Richard Branson

Right now I’m just delighted to be alive and to have had a nice long bath. – Richard Branson

So I’ve seen life as one long learning process. And if I see – you know, if I fly on somebody else’s airline and find the experience is not a pleasant one, which it wasn’t in – 21 years ago, then I’d think, well, you know, maybe I can create the kind of airline that I’d like to fly on. – Richard Branson

I was dyslexic, I had no understanding of schoolwork whatsoever. I certainly would have failed IQ tests. And it was one of the reasons I left school when I was 15 years old. And if I – if I’m not interested in something, I don’t grasp it. – Richard Branson

Fortunately we’re not a public company – we’re a private group of companies, and I can do what I want. – Richard Branson

Lightning is something which, again, we would rather avoid. – Richard Branson

A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. – Richard Branson

Like getting into a bleeding competition with a blood bank. – Richard Branson

I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It’s done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer. – Richard Branson

There’s nothing like the endorphins from being fit, and the incredible endorphin rush that goes with that. It beats drugs, drink, and almost anything else I know. – Richard Branson

The jet stream is a very strong force and pushing a balloon into it is like pushing up against a brick wall, but once we got into it, we found that, remarkably, the balloon went whatever speed the wind went. – Richard Branson

We believe that within five years, 96 percent of British consumers will have access to the Internet, whether it be through a personal computer, a set-top box or a mobile phone. – Richard Branson

We, we – as I say, we go in and shake up other industries and I think, you know, we do it differently and I think that industries are not quite the same as a result of Virgin attacking the market. – Richard Branson

I don’t think so, in that Virgin is already a global brand. Brands like Amazon have had to spend hundreds of millions of pounds you know, building their brands, whereas Virgin is already well-known around the world. – Richard Branson

And obviously, from our own personal point of view, the principal challenge is a personal challenge. – Richard Branson

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

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. – Richard Branson

I’ve been very lucky. I come from a very close family. – Richard Branson

I’m a lad of the ’60s. I started a magazine to try and end the Vietnam war, but it was a number of years before I had the profile, the financial resources and the time to do more. – Richard Branson

We’re introducing separate rooms with double beds in all of our planes so people can actually go with their partner and have a proper night’s sleep. – Richard Branson

Well, we know that people in Australia love the idea of both Impulse and Virgin Blue getting up and adding a bit of competition, and it’s fun to be able to deliver it. – Richard Branson

There is no one to follow, there is nothing to copy. We may even allow those aliens who landed here 50 years ago a chance to go home. – Richard Branson

We’re going where no one has gone before. – Richard Branson

So if we were to set up base in this area, I think you would find that it would bring a lot of people to the area to watch the flights as well as fly. – Richard Branson

My dad has put his hand up and will be 90 at the time, my kids definitely want to come and if there is room for my mum she will come as well, – Richard Branson

Obviously we are disappointed about not making it when we had it in our grasp, – Richard Branson

Peter Gabriel — a Virgin artist for 20 years — is still pre-eminent in the business. Whether the new artists will do the same is more questionable, – Richard Branson

I am so excited by the thought of Virgin Cola taking on Coke and Pepsi in their home territory, … I have always believed that you can never truly be an international cola until you have launched in the home of the colas — America. – Richard Branson

I am slightly biased, but I think it is an incredible achievement — the last great aviation record left. – Richard Branson

I am sorry to have let people down. – Richard Branson

I have made it clear that I’m happy to become the largest shareholder in NTL and for other shareholders in Virgin Mobile to join me in taking shares in NTL. NTL has made a cash offer as well, and other shareholders can also accept the cash offer. – Richard Branson

If the government go for the lowest-common-denominator approach, I don’t think we will want to be involved. There’s a danger the government will just go for the biggest return to the Treasury and not be interested in overcrowding issues, the quality of the food and the quality of the service. – Richard Branson

He gave me a lot of very useful advice when I set up Virgin Atlantic 21 years ago. Perhaps his best advice was to make sure that I took BA to court before they bankrupted us not after, as he did. – Richard Branson

We told him he had to land alive. He actually had to land alive, because if he didn’t land alive he wouldn’t get the record. – Richard Branson

He’s just flown further than man, or woman, has ever flown. He has had pretty much no sleep since he set off from Kennedy a few days ago, and he has been through an incredible amount. – Richard Branson

We look forward to a speedy conclusion to the takeover and working with Paul Little and the Toll group to map out the future direction of Virgin Blue. – Richard Branson

He was a larger-than-life figure, with a wicked sense of humor, and a great friend. – Richard Branson

I talked to her about it. She said that it was the best thing that could have happened to her. When it broke in the press is was almost a release for her. – Richard Branson

It already has been through the rigors of flying around the world. – Richard Branson

It is a distinct possibility and it is not just to the States. – Richard Branson

last great aviation record left inside the Earth’s atmosphere. – Richard Branson

I think it’s very important that the competition authorities listen to the slightly smaller companies (and) try to create a level playing field so that the consumer gets the benefit of choice and gets the benefit of competition. ? I wish Pepsi well in that and I hope that Pepsi will not behave in the same way when we come knocking on the doors of some of the big retailers that they are in. – Richard Branson

I think the most important thing is that in the last seven days we’ve just had the greatest adventure of our lifetimes. – Richard Branson

Our plans for Virgin are pretty much to leave it as it is. – Richard Branson

Our vision of the future is a complete deregulation of everything from routes and airline access rights, all the way through to changing ownership and control regulations which would allow mergers and acquisitions, – Richard Branson

Statistically, there is about a 6 percent chance that in any one year of the next 10 years this becomes a person-to-person problem, and we just have to hope it is not this year. – Richard Branson

Some of the magic will be lost now that the girls are only four. It’s sad to see people so close split in this way. – Richard Branson

I was very nervous because it took a lot longer to get down the runway than we predicted. – Richard Branson

I think Chris is an astute businessman, but he is not used to running airlines. Virgin Blue needs people with airline experience. – Richard Branson

Wine, like life, is meant to be enjoyed. All the pomp and ceremony currently associated with wine just gets in the way of enjoying it. – Richard Branson

Well, I’m somebody who is just living…living life, and if I get frustrated by something, then I like to try to put it right, – Richard Branson

Virtually every part of the empire will have some form of e-commerce facility by the end of 1999, from the largest company, Virgin Atlantic, to one of the smallest, Virgin Bride. – Richard Branson

We have always felt that a company with music at its core rather than technology could do so much better for music fans. It is so user friendly that even I could use it. – Richard Branson

We are disappointed at the way this was dealt with at the boardroom level. – Richard Branson

We are definitely in the market for interesting opportunities and, while David Lloyd is not a club we’re likely to be interested in as a whole, we have cast a slide rule over it and would be interested in some of the clubs. – Richard Branson

We pamper our passengers like no airline pampers them. – Richard Branson

There are already 30 people in the world who have collected enough air miles to fly into space. – Richard Branson

We are embarrassed to have entered the airspace without permission and relieved that they understand our position. – Richard Branson

We are effectively in an emergency situation. But we are friends with the Chinese people, and this is a sporting event. We have no choice but to go over China, and we would be enormously grateful if they let us in. – Richard Branson

Two people can play at that game. Cheers! – Richard Branson

We expect the first Virgin Galactic space flight to take place in 2008, which gives our Flying Club members time to save up all their miles. – Richard Branson

We are used to transporting millions of people … transporting them safely. And we want to keep that impeccable record so. We know what our priorities are. – Richard Branson

Virgin Digital UK is an exciting and innovative download service created and designed with the music fan in mind. – Richard Branson

We have enormous sympathy for him. He has done a fantastic job. It is sad they have to come down so soon. – Richard Branson

British Airways was doing everything they could do to put Virgin Atlantic out of business — what’s become famous here as the dirty tricks campaign, … We felt that we needed the financial muscle to combat them. And I still had a lot to prove at Virgin Atlantic whereas we proved that we could, you know, build and run a successful record company. – Richard Branson

At some stage, we’re going to need an East Coast base. If you have to set up on the East Coast somewhere, I can’t think of anywhere better than Cape Canaveral. – Richard Branson

There’s obviously … pressure on yields because of the fuel prices. – Richard Branson

I’ve taken a reduction in the price in order to get the deal done. We will reap our reward from the increased share price by holding our shares in this new combined company. – Richard Branson

Oh, I don’t like the look on his face. – Richard Branson

Anyone would feel an enormous sense of guilt going to one of these places – and if you’re in a position to do something about it you’ve got to make an effort. – Richard Branson

It was the most hairy landing I’ve ever been through. – Richard Branson

It’s looking hopeful that the transaction will get done over the next couple of months. – Richard Branson

In any adventure like this, there are always uncertainties. – Richard Branson

If you are trying to do something for the first time, it’s always an enormous challenge, and there is no guarantee of success. If anybody can pull it off, it will be Steve. – Richard Branson

If you have to set up on the East Coast somewhere, I can’t think of anywhere better than Cape Canaveral. – Richard Branson

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