10 Apr Fun Monday : Business Success Stories
Richard Branson Success Story
Richard Branson, the business legend behind the vast Virgin group of companies, needs no introduction. Be it as one of the most successful business magnet in the world or a humanitarian or a motivational speaker, Richard Branson’s life is every bit grand and inspiring.
For a man who had achieved as much success as he did, Branson did not have a perfect childhood. He was a dyslexic and was signed off as an under performer during his schooling. There were some teachers however, who recognised that hidden brilliance in him. His headmaster would often say that Richard would either end up in jail or turn into a multi-millionaire. And Branson, the man who believed in “channelling his fears into passion” had to become the latter.
The first ever business venture that Richard Branson took up was when he started ‘The Student magazine’, which was a huge success for all the interesting stories and interviews that it ran. His second attempt at business, selling records at lower prices compared to all the ‘high street’ outlets of those days was highly successful as well. It was after this success in 1972 that Richard started ‘Virgin records’, the first company in the vast Virgin Empire that rules the business world today.
Ten successful years later, Richard started his biggest and successful business ventures, the ‘Virgin Atlantic Airways’ in 1984. Slowly, the airlines took over the world, as Virgin Express in the rest of the Europe, as the Virgin America in the USA, and as Virgin Nigeria in Nigeria aside other numerous mergers.The Virgin empire didn’t just stop at the airlines. Virgin trains followed and then came the popular Virgin Galactic, a space tourism company which proved Branson’s claim that he’s always “setting himself huge and unachievable challenges”.
"Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again"-Richard Branson