Success Tips from Sir Richard Branson

Last week I was fortunate to spend some time with mega-successful entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and 100 other top entrepreneurs.

Pamela Yellen & Sir Richard Branson
Pamela Yellen & Sir Richard Branson

Branson conceived the Virgin Group in 1970 and it has gone on to grow very successful businesses (Virgin Mobile & Virgin Airlines to name a few) in numerous sectors.1

We had a chance to ask Sir Richard questions and here are five Success Tips he shared:

Success Tip #1…

Your business life starts at home – pick a good partner and respect them for who they are.

Success Tip #2…

The biggest challenge business owners run up against is being risk averse.  At some point, you have to just say, “Screw it, let’s do it!”

Success Tip #3…

It’s important to keep fit – you’ve only got one body.  Try to find fun ways to do it.

Success Tip #4…

Praise your team/employees – never criticize them.  Treat them right and they’ll do anything for you.

Success Tip #5…

Don’t take yourself too seriously!

I found it fascinating that when one of us asked a question of Sir Richard, he would often respond by asking a question back; he seemed genuinely interested in us as individuals and it tied right into Success Tip #4.  Sir Richard simply makes you feel that you matter.  And he always looks for the best in people.

Sounds like a blueprint for a life well-lived!

Food for thought…

Number of times the DOW has crossed 11,000 – up or down – since first breaking it on May 3, 1999: 65!2  For the record, Bank On Yourself plans have NEVER gone backwards – they only have one direction: UP!
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2. “How to Play a Market Rally”, The Wall Street Journal, November 15, 2010 (The DOW has since crossed 11,000 at least two more times)


  1. Pamela,

    Thanks for sharing this with us. I have always been fascinated and looked up to Sir Richard Branson. He is always positive, obviously successful/accomplished… and a positive role model for reaching your potential. His life story should be part of the curriculum for success in our schools. Thanks again.


  2. I like & appreciate practical success tips. Food for thought: WOW… the DOW is such a gamble! Bank On Yourself is a great option!

    • Our time with Sir Richard was limited, so I wasn’t able to discuss it with him – I hope to in the future, though.

      The other entrepreneurs love the concept. Many have had bad experiences with banks and finance companies and are ready to become their own source of financing and have true financial security.

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