National Achievers Congress 2013 Day 3 – Part 2

Continued from Day 3 Part 1 …


Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is a British business magnate, best known as the founder and chairman of Virgin Group of more than 400 companies.

His first business venture was a magazine called Student at the age of 16. In 1970, he set up an audio-record mail-order business. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores. Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic Airways and expanded the Virgin Records music label.

Branson is the 4th richest citizen of the United Kingdom, according to the Forbes 2012 list of billionaires, with an estimated net worth of US$4.6 billion.

He shared that he took calculated risks. Being dyslexic, he also learnt to delegate. He spoke about why he sold Virgin Records to set up Virgin Atlantic, spending a night in prison when he was much younger, space travel, and using capitalism to change the world. He also shared on the following:

“Thin dividing line between success and failure”

“Successful entreprenuer, with success and the responsibility to make the world a better place rather than waiting for politicians or social workers (to make things happen)”

“As a leader, look for the best in others and praise others”

” One lesson learnt in life – there are no enemies for life”

“Life is too short not to do it”

“If you are up against giants, you have to have better quality. By creating the best, it is difficult for others to drive you out.”


Photo with Les Brown

Photo with Sir Richard Branson

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