10 Awesome Things I Learn From Richard Branson

10 Awesome Things I Learn From Richard Branson


 The other day I went out at night and fell asleep on a park bench near the beach in Miami.

When I opened my eyes I pretended I had just landed on the world. I knew nothing. Now I had to learn everything.

That’s the way I should’ve been when I was younger. Maybe I would’ve avoided many problems if I just realized I knew nothing.

All successful people started off knowing nothing.

They studied the people who came before them. Who studied the people who came before them. And so on.

I really admire Richard Branson. He’s one to study.

Richard Branson is the perfect example of “Ready. Fire. Aim.” He starts something. He does it. Then he looks to see if he hit the target. If not, he starts something new.

I love the story of how he started Virgin Airlines. He was already successful fromVirgin Music. Note that now he has nothing to do with Virgin Music.

I don’t even know if Virgin Music still exists. All that is left is Virgin Air.

A plane had gotten cancelled. Everyone was upset.

But Branson wasn’t upset. He found a plane that would take him. But he didn’t have the money.

One good thing to start with always is to imagine the obstacles gone. Imagine, “if wasn’t worried about money, would I still make this trip?”

I call this IDEA SUBTRACTION. Subtract the perceived obstacles to an idea and (BAM!) you find that many more ideas are born from that.

First, he arranged to rent the private plane, even though he still had the obstacle (“no money”).

Then he put up a sign: “$29 for a plane to Puerto Rico.” And everyone signed up. Suddenly he had the money for the plane.

That was his proof-of-concept for an airline. Now that is his main business and it’s worth billions.

Here’s ten quotes from him that I think are valuable.

1. Richard Branson: “Listen more than you talk. Nobody learned anything by hearing themselves speak.”

2. Richard Branson: “Start making suggestions for how to improve your workplace. Don’t be a shrinking violet, quietly getting your job done adequately. Be bold, and the sky is the limit.”

Note he’s not suggesting start a company. You can always create inside ANY surrounding and you will be infinitely rewarded for that.

The first employee at Google is now a multi-billionaire even though nobody knows his name (Craig Silverstein). He was an employee and he created and blossomed.

3. Richard Branson: “Age isn’t as important so long as you are surrounded by people you love, doing things you passionately believe in.”

I truly believe this. We all have things we love to do. And it’s the people around us who love us that help us unlock these dreams.

It’s ONLY when you find the people you love, you can create and flourish. Henry Ford was 45 when he started his third car company and created the assembly line. He did this once he eliminated all the people who tried to control him at prior companies.

Colonel Sanders was 65 when he started “Kentucky Fried Chicken”.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was 65 when she wrote her first book. The book that would turn into the series, “Little House on the Prairie”.

This was after she had been totally wiped out in the Great Depression and left with nothing but she started to surround herself with people who encouraged her and pushed her to pursue writing to make ends meet.

4. Richard Branson: “What I personally know would make up a dot so minuscule it couldn’t be seen. What humanity has collectively learned so far would make up a tiny mark within the circle. Everything we all have to learn in the future would take up the rest of the space. It is a big universe, and we are all learning more about it every day. If you aren’t listening, you are missing out.”

The other day someone asked me if I believed in “God.” There’s no answer. Always have reverence for the infinite things we will never know. Our brains are too small.

This next quote I slightly want to change:

5. Richard Branson: “To be a real entrepreneur you always have to be looking forward. The moment you rest on your laurels is the moment your competition overtakes you.”

I think ‘entrepreneur’ can be changed to ‘human.” We all have to survive and succeed first as humans. And the job description changes every day.

Every day there is room to finish this sculpture that began the moment our mothers released us into the world

6. 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.”

Every day has stories hidden inside of them, like a treasure hunt. When you find those stories, you get rewarded. Not by money, but by…I don’t know. Something. You feel it when it happens.

7. Richard Branson: “It can be easy to find reasons not to do something. However you might be surprised by how much help is at hand if you put yourself out there and commit to a project. It doesn’t have to be a case of struggling along by yourself.”

We live in a world of connection. The barriers we’ve erected by storytelling (religion, nationalism, corporatism) are breaking down.

You can crowdsource a revolution with a single tweet now. There are a million ways to ask for help and a million people who want to help you.

But it’s hard to ask. There’s the old fears of rejection. Fears of people viewing asking as weakness. Fears of infringing on someone by asking.

Offer value in your ask and then the reasons to not do something start to go away until there are none left.

And again, Branson is referring to “idea subtraction” which has constantly propelled him from success to success.

8. Richard Branson: “When most people think about taking a risk they associate it with negative connotations, when really they should view it as a positive opportunity. Believe in yourself and back yourself to come out on top. Whether that means studying a course to enable a change of direction, taking up an entry level position on a career ladder you want to be a part of, or starting your own business — you’ll never know if you don’t give it a try.”

Another example of how Branson would use “idea subtraction” to come up with tons of ideas.

For instance, sometimes people say, “If only I knew how to program I could do X.” Well, imagine you could program. Subtract that worry. Now what ideas would you implement?

You can always subtract a worry. Whether it’s putting up a sign (“$29 to get to Puerto Rico”) or, as Branson suggests above, taking an entry level position.

When I started my first successful company my job title was, “Jr. Programmer Analyst” at HBO and I had $0 in the bank.

I took an entry level job so I could move to NYC and start making connections. Istayed at that job for three years while building my network.

For more than half of those three years I had my first company on the side, building up.

I was afraid all the time I would get caught doing two jobs at the same time.

But I did learn that these almost insurmountable obstacles were the EXACT reason had huge opportunities.

When people think a problem is impossible they value it at zero. Successful people buy ideas low (zero) and sell them high.

You ask “why can’t I?” as in the following quote from Branson:

9. Richard Branson: “I’ve always had a soft spot for dreamers – not those who waste their time thinking ‘what if’ but the ones who look to the sky and say ‘why can’t I shoot for the moon?’”

does he really mean the moon here? Or does that sound cliche? Let’s look.

When Branson was a teenager and started his first magazine devoted to music, Idoubt he was thinking about shooting for the moon.

But who knows? Now his biggest investment is Virgin Galactic. That magazine (which he started despite severe dyslexia) literally turned into a company that is now shooting to land a ship on the moon.

Why not? Why not?


10Richard Branson: “Together we can make the products, services, businesses, ideas, and politics for a better future. In this ‘new power’ world, we are all makers. Let’s get making.”

Sometimes people write me and say, “not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. Some people like being employees.”

I agree with this. There is nothing wrong with being an employee. It’s what you make of it.

I‘ve been an employee many times. The key is to realize that an “employee” doesn’t mean you give up on creating, on making, on coming up with ideas.

In fact, an employee often has more opportunity for abundance than an entrepreneur. The playing field is much larger in a big corporation where everything is possible.

I went to graduate school with Astro Teller, who was recently on my podcast. He runs the special projects division at Google called GoogleX. He’s an employee at Google.

He was asked to “dream” at Google and now Google, a software company, is making driverless cars. It seems insurmountable: “What if we can make a car without a driver?” But that’s where the opportunity is.

Every day I wake up and it’s a constant battle in my brain against obstacles. Usually not business obstacles but emotional ones. Fears. People. Ideas. Hopes. This is life. A stream of obstacles and fears in a tough world.

I wish I had paid attention to the many wonderful virtual mentors, the RichardBransons of the world, when I was younger.

To simply admit, “I don’t know” and reap the benefits of curiosity.

I hope I learn something today. If not I‘ll go back and reread these quotes and maybe sleep on a park bench.


Credit: This was first published on james Altucher website

How To Start Living A Successful Life (A Case Study Of The 8 Wonders Of Jesus And Joseph)

How To Start Living A Successful Life (A Case Study Of The 8 Wonders Of Jesus And Joseph)

2016 Youth Convention at the Redeemed Christian Church of God was a power packed programme I had never imagined. It’s my first time attending Youth Convention at RCCG and I enjoyed it to the fullest.

On one of the afternoons, I took time to pray and give praises to Jehovah God for His marvellous deeds, suddenly I received an unusual revelation and it’s about the Characteristics of Jesus and Joseph. At first,I thought it was just some usual drops of imagination but it kept coming and I think it’s worth sharing  “How To Start Living A Successful Life ( A Case Study Of The 8 Wonders Of Jesus And Joseph)”.

NOTE: No Human or mere Mortal can be compared to Jesus who is the King of kings and Lord of lords. These Characteristics or should I call them similarities in both of their lives is really a wonder.

In this article , I will want us to examine these lines of actions in the life of one of the founding father of Israel and the founder of Christianity who is ultimately the number one citizen and ruler in the Universe, we will be relating this topic to any area of our lives and see how as a Christian family we can live a successful lives. So let’s get started.



  1. Unusual Parental Love : In the book of Matthew 3:17b, the bible record how God open the Heaven and declared “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased. Jesus is so much loved by the Father that He opened the Heaven to speak to Him. He’s well pleased with the life Jesus is living on the earth. In Job 1:6 , the bible record how the sons of God came to present themselves to God, but it’s amazing how Jesus is the only begotten son that God loved most. Joseph on the other hand receives so much love from Jacob that his brothers envied him, in the book of Genesis 37:3, the book of life says “Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his Children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors”. Joseph did not only enjoy so much love from Jacob, He was distinct and separated by love. That being said, I will like to relate this to how we cater for our Children. Parental love is essential if we want them to go far in life. No magic will happen when getting parenting tips or advice and you don’t supernaturally love your Children. Jesus and Joseph received supernatural love from their fathers. In order to build a successful Christian home or live a fabulous life, you have to endow your Children with the gifts of the Supernatural. In the book of Proverb 22:6, the bible says “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it”. Loving our Children naturally is not just enough, embed in them the way to life and they will give you rest when you need that rest. It’s evident in the life of Joseph that Jacob gave him the right gift, which is the fear of the Lord. Joseph so much fears God that he won’t sleep with his master’s wife, even though nobody will find out, but because he fears God in Heaven and he surely knows God will find out, he fled for his dear life. Another thing I want to say is Children are from God and like Samuel’s mother; we should give them back to God who is “LOVE” and the father of all.
  2. Ruling In Foreign Kingdom: You and I both know the story of Joseph, how he was sold into slavery, works in the house of Potiphar, went to prison and finally to the palace. He ruled in Egypt as the prime minister, the only person above him was Pharaoh  the king. We can find this in the book of Genesis 41. Joseph was set over the whole land of Egypt. Before Joseph was sold into slavery, he lives as a king in his father’s house, from my own imagination, I think Joseph will be the second in command in his father’s house, he’s not allow to do all the hard work that his brothers always do, but because God wanted him to rule in a foreign land, he went through all that he went through. Jesus came to this envious and resentful World because of the Supernatural love that exists between Him and His father. He lives as a king in Heaven before coming to this World. Jesus reign as a king as was foretold by the prophets in the Old Testament and He’s still ruling on this foreign land, ruling in the Heavens and all over the universe, He’s the number one till now and will rule as number one   So let’s us live in this present world as a king. We are wonderfully and fearfully made by God. No Christian living a genuine Christian life is expected to be just an ordinary person. We are meant to rule and subdue this planet earth. In the book of Deuteronomy 15:4 “except when there may be no poor among you; for the LORD will greatly bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance”. This bible verse which Moses the prophet spoke to the Children of Israel was written to us as Christians. You may be asking, but the same bible said that poor shall never cease from the land. Yes we can see that in evidence in the World today but we can also see the supernatural wonders the same God is doing in His kingdom. Larger percentages of most of the inventions in this world are made by Christians. Most of the successful people in the World are Christians. We are meant to rule and reign in this foreign land called “Earth” so that we can rule in Heaven also.  The book of Revelation 5:10 says “You let them become kings and serve God as priests, and they will rule on earth”. After all things, remember that This World is a marketplace, so get the best deal and rule your World.
  3. Solution Providers: Both Jesus and Joseph were solutions to their Worlds. God systematically placed Joseph in the prison to save the people of Egypt from dying when the famine that was seven years away hit them. He also created and developed Joseph in the gift of interpreting dreams, Joseph used this gift to the fullest and the gift made him a ruler. Our Lord Jesus Christ on the other hand came to this World with all the gifts you can ever think of. He’s all in all; the bible told us how Jesus of Nazareth went about healing the sick and those who were oppressed by the devil for God was with Him. This makes Him a solution and a wonder to all generations. It’s not a surprise that Jesus who is the creator of all gifts should possess all the gifts. The bible says He’s the wisdom of God and you can see both Him and Joseph using that wisdom to the fullest. Joseph interpreted the dreams and still go ahead to tell Pharaoh to look for someone to be in charge of the solution, Pharaoh said who can do it better than you. Being a solution provider is not what we should view just anyhow. God has embedded various gifts inside of us and He strategically placed us in that place that we are to be a solution there. That is the reason you will see some people that will travel abroad and someone at home will still be the one sending money and aids for him to survive. You are a solution provider; no matter where you are currently, just discover that great thing God had placed inside of you. If we want to relate to the parable Jesus spoke about gifts and talents, God gave to everyone according to his/her own ability. There’s no ungifted or untalented creature of God, just go out there and discover how you can be a solution to the masses or the community around you.

4. SOLD: We all know how Joseph brothers sold him; we also know how Judas sold Jesus. As for us, we were sold by our fore fathers Adam and Eve but there’s a solution, Joseph was sold into slavery and triumph at the end of the day. Jesus was also sold and condemned to death but triumph and reign as the King of kings and Lord of lords forever and forever. How then can we come out of the ancient slavery that we were sold to? , it’s by accepting Jesus as our only saviour. Jesus is the truth, the way and the life, there’s no other way. In the book of John 3:16, the bible says “For God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. God love humanity, that’s why He placed us in a garden that is full of riches and splendours but our fore fathers, disobeyed God and made God angry and you know it’s a terrible thing when God gets angry. God still loves us and He wants us out of slavery. That’s the reason He had to send His only begotten son to die and get us out of the slavery of the dark World. The book of life says, if the Son set you free, then you are free indeed. If you are not training your son or daughter in the way of the Lord or you and your family haven’t surrender your lives to Jesus, then you guys need to get out of the ancient slavery humanity was sold to, its better you do so now so that you can be liberated.

5. Deep Love for Parents: Jesus so much loved the father that He did not commit any sin while He was living on this planet, He so much love His father’s business that He prefers it to food. Joseph loved his father so much that he will not let his brother ruin their father’s business; he will always report everything his brothers are doing on the field. When He became the prime minister in Egypt and revealed himself to his brothers, he was such in a hurry that he wanted to set his eye on the old man again. As parents that want our Children to take care of us, we should love our parent with undiluted love. We should always express that deep love to them at all time especially in their old age, that’s the time they need us the most. Some people in this part of the World will leave their parents to suffer at old age and when such parent die; they will spend millions upon millions to bury the same father or mother that they never paid attention to. Another thing is parents need to sow the seed of kindness and wisdom in the lives of our Children when they are still young so they can give us rest when we need them at old age. As Jesus and Joseph possessed deep love for their individual fathers, let’s show deep love for our parent and love them for being our driver to this present plane.

6. Temptation: Jesus was tempted by the devil after He finishes 40 days and 40 nights fast. Joseph was also tempted, Potiphar’s wife disturbing him day and night to sleep with him. While Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil, the temptation of Joseph led him straight into prison. When Jesus came out of the wilderness, He started doing great miracles and wonders. When Joseph came out of prison, he came straight into palace. We should not view temptation as something that we cannot handle. God had given us the spirit of wisdom and sound mind to beat all the wiles of the devil. There is another thing I want us to know about temptation, we can flee from temptation. As mortal being, we can be weak but there is always a way out. When you know someone is seducing you, you can run away like the way Joseph flees from Potiphar’s wife but get wisdom, don’t get into a position someone will shout on you that you rape him/her. And the renewing of our minds can go a long way in dealing with temptations. Jesus knows everything written about Him and He used that to deal with the temptation of the devil. To live a successful life, we need to study hard. When you know and understand what’s written in the book of life, your destiny can never be written off by the enemies and the temptations of life.

7. Many Fathers: Jesus’s father is the Almighty God. The bible also calls him the son of David and David the son of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. So we can say Jesus is the begotten son of the Almighty God, the son of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and Joseph which happens to be the husband of His mother “Mary”. Joseph on the other hand is the son of Jacob, but we can also say he’s the son of Potiphar, Pharaoh and ultimately son of God. Pharaoh even gave Joseph a wife from Potiphar’s clan, a daughter of Potiphar’s clan. It’s not only our fathers and mothers that are meant to be respected by us. Our elders sometime can be termed as our fathers and mothers and we should give them the respect we give to our parents.

8. Body Travel: Jesus ascends {travels} from this foreign land into His permanent Kingdom “Heaven” after rising up from the dead. Joseph‘s body was carried along {travels} with the Children of Israel into the permanent land “Canaan land” that God promised the Children of Israel. As Jesus’s body ascends into the Heaven, that’s the semi to the land stage that His body will have anything to do with this present World. His body has gone through so many things before He was given the power to ascend into the Heaven. As fleshly spirit, let’s endure hard times and hope and trust in God for our ultimate ascension into our Glorious time and season. Let our body work, it’s that same body that work that will enjoy when that Glorious season’s come.


I wish you good luck as you build a successful Christian home and family, bringing up our Children in Godly parenting ways, and living all round successful life. What is the point you think is missing in this article, you can share in the comment below, I will be very glad to have a conversation going. Until I come your way again with another inspiration and lifestyle, I remain Dayss Olasunkanmi. Please help share the article with your network and stay blessed.