When you think about entrepreneurialism, business, and success, I’d be happy to wager that Sir Richard Branson springs straight to the forefront of your mind.

Like all entrepreneurs, the Virgin founder has faced his fair share of ups and downs in his life – his childhood being no exception. However, Branson wasn’t about to let coming from a poor family and dropping out of high school at the age of sixteen as a result of suffering from Myopia and Dyslexia and struggling to fit into the traditional education system stop him from reaching his full potential.

Now the face and founder of a multi-brand business which includes more than 400 companies across 30 countries, it is not the magnitude of his companies that have launched Branson to the 4.12 billion US Dollar net worth that he holds today. Instead, it’s the quality in the services that are provided.

With distinctive personality traits including self-confidence, humility, trustworthiness, authenticity, enthusiasm, optimism and warmth, it’s no surprise that he was Knighted by the Prince of Wales for his services to entrepreneurship.

Richard Branson is an inspirational character, not just in the world of business but life in general. He is a beacon of hope and living proof that no matter who you are or where you come from, there is nothing in this world that you can’t do or achieve.

Richard Branson Quotes

Whenever Sir Richard Branson speaks, not only do his words resonate with you on a personal and professional level, but there’s also a noticeable passion present in his voice and a determination to succeed.

Below, you can read our 60 favourite Richard Branson quotes. Hopefully, they will inspire you to reach out for greatness.

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

“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.”

“The best way of learning about anything is by doing.”

“Entrepreneurship isn’t just a label – it’s a lifestyle.”

“The one person who can make your business succeed is not an investor or even a mentor, it is you.”

“An entrepreneur is an innovator, a job creator, a game-changer, a business leader, a disruptor, an adventurer.”

“The lesson that I have learned and follow all my life is that we should try and try and try again – but never give up!.”

“Take a chance. It’s the best way to test yourself. Have fun and push your boundaries.”

“My family brought me up to always look for the best in other people. I love people. Love spending time with people. I love learning from people.”

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

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and falling over.”

“If you don’t succeed at first, there’s no need for the F word (Failure). Pick yourself up and try, try again.”

“Entrepreneurship is a great leveler, The wonderful thing is that money is not the sole currency when it comes to starting a business; drive, determination, passion and hard work are all free and more valuable than a pot of cash.”

“Don’t be embarrassed by failures, learn from them and start again.”

“Do good, have fun and the money will come.”

“Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress.”

“Screw it. Let’s do it.”

“Learn from failure. If you are an entrepreneur and your first venture wasn’t a success, welcome to the club.”

“My definition of success? The more you’re actively and practically engaged, the more successful you will feel.”

“Happiness is the secret ingredient for successful businesses. If you have a happy company it will be invincible.”

“When you’re first thinking through an idea, it’s important not to get bogged down in complexity. Thinking simply and clearly is hard to do.”

“Your company should act as a springboard for ambitious employees, not a set of shackles.”

“If you don’t have time for the small things, you won’t have time for the big things.”

“Entrepreneurial business favors the open mind. It favors people whose optimism drives them to prepare for many possible futures, pretty much purely for the joy of doing so.”

“If you spot an opportunity and are really excited by it, throw yourself into it with everything you’ve got.”

“Engage your emotions at work. Your instincts and emotions are there to help you.”

“Don’t become a slave to technology, manage your phone, don’t let it manage you.”

“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”

“You’ve got to take risks if you’re going to succeed.”

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

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

“Entrepreneurship is about turning what excites you in life into capital so that you can do more of it and move forward with it.”

” Find the right people to work with and you can’t go wrong.”

“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.”

“Life is a hell of a lot more fun if you say yes rather than no.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Don’t think what’s the cheapest way to do it or what’s the fastest way to do it, think ‘what’s the most amazing way to do it.”

“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.”

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

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

“The art of delegation is one of the key skills any entrepreneur must master.”

“Material things are delightful, but they’re not important.”

“A good leader doesn’t get stuck behind a desk.”

“If you want to be more productive, then start at the start: get there on time. Whether it is a meeting, a flight, an appointment or a date, it’s important to ensure you are there when you say you will be there. This may feel like an old-fashioned tip to give, but it has served me well for five decades in business.”

“Be willing to use yourself to get out there and put the company on the market. If you have to make a fool of yourself, make a fool of yourself, but make sure that you end up on the front pages, not the back pages. In time, it’s possible that your company will stand out from the crowd, and you’ll be successful.”

“Starting your own business isn’t just a job, it’s a way of life.”

“What really matters is what you create. Does it work or not? Does it make you proud?”

“You can never go too far wrong by thinking like a customer who’s new to a business.”

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

“Spend more time smiling than frowning and more time praising than criticising.”

“You shouldn’t blindly accept a leader’s advice. You’ve got to question leaders on occasion.”

“Take the competition seriously, but not yourself.”

“The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.”

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

“If you want to stand out from the crown, give people a reason not to forget you.”

“If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.”

“Chance favours the prepared mind. The more you practice, the luckier you become.”

“I believe that drudgery and clock-watching are a terrible betrayal of that universal, inborn entrepreneurial spirit.”