201 Inspiring Richard Branson Quotes on Life and Business

Sir Richard Branson, British entrepreneur and adventurer, started his career with Student magazine, leading to the formation of Virgin Mail Order Records and subsequently,

Virgin Records. He then launched Virgin Atlantic Airways, growing it amid intense competition.

By the 1990s, Virgin Group became one of UK’s largest private companies with around 100 businesses.

Branson set records in powerboat racing and hot-air ballooning, including the first team to cross both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in a hot-air balloon.

Richard Branson

In 2021, he made a suborbital spaceflight with Virgin Galactic, a company he founded in 2004.

Branson sold Virgin Mobile in 2006 but remained its largest shareholder. Known for his philanthropy, he committed $3 billion to environmental research in 2006.

He was knighted in 1999 for his significant contributions to business and society.

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I have selected the top quotes by Richard Branson.

Best Richard Branson Quotes

1. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” ~ (Richard Branson).


2. “Screw it. Let’s do it.” ~ (Richard Branson).

3. “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” ~ (Richard Branson).

4. “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” ~ (Richard Branson).

5. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.” ~ (Richard Branson).

6. “Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress.” ~ (Richard Branson).

7. “Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to keep things simple.” ~ (Richard Branson).

8. “I don’t think of work as work and play as play. It’s all living.” ~ (Richard Branson).

9. “My definition of success? The more you’re actively and practically engaged, the more successful you will be.” ~ (Richard Branson).

10. “A business is simply an idea to make other people’s lives better.” ~ (Richard Branson).

11. “To launch a business means successfully solving problems. Solving problems means listening.” ~ (Richard Branson).


12. “I am prepared to try anything once.” ~ (Richard Branson).

13. “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” ~ (Richard Branson).

14. “Throwing yourself into a job you enjoy is one of the life’s greatest pleasures.” ~ (Richard Branson).

15. “My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them.” ~ (Richard Branson).

16. “Life is a helluva lot more fun if you say yes rather than no” ~ (Richard Branson).

17. “A business is simply an idea to make other people’s lives better.” ~ (Richard Branson).

18. “The brands that will thrive in the coming years are the ones that have a purpose beyond profit.” ~ (Richard Branson).

19. “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.” ~ (Richard Branson).

20. “Having a personality of caring about people is important. You cant be a good leader unless you generally like people. That is how you bring out the best in them.” ~ (Richard Branson).

21. “Listen more than you talk. Nobody learned anything by hearing themselves speak.” ~ (Richard Branson).

22. “There is no planet B. We have to take care of the one we have.” ~ (Richard Branson).

23. “A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” ~ (Richard Branson).

24. “Enjoy life – you only get one.” ~ (Richard Branson).

25. “The time to go into a new business is when it’s badly run by others.” ~ (Richard Branson).

26. “Have fun, work hard and money will come. Don’t waste time – grab your chances. Have a positive outlook on life. When it’s not fun, move on.” ~ (Richard Branson).

27. “A company’s employees are its greatest asset and your people are your product.” ~ (Richard Branson).


28. “Remember it’s OK to be yourself.” ~ (Richard Branson).

29. “Screw it, let’s do it – Just get on with it and do it.” ~ (Richard Branson).

30. “Never look back in regret – move on to the next thing.” ~ (Richard Branson).

31. “It is only by being bold that you get anywhere. If you are a risk-taker, then the art is to protect the downside.” ~ (Richard Branson).

32. “Every risk is worth taking as long as it’s for a good cause, and contributes to a good life.” ~ (Richard Branson).

33. “If you look after your staff, they’ll look after your customers. It’s that simple.” ~ (Richard Branson).

Top Richard Branson Quotes

34. “Be the best at what you do.” ~ (Richard Branson).

35. “Your employees are your company’s real competitive advantage. They’re the ones making the magic happen-so long as their needs are being met.” ~ (Richard Branson).

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

37. “If I was a businessman, or saw myself as a businessman, I would have never gone into the airline business.” ~ (Richard Branson).

38. “As much as you need a strong personality to build a business from scratch, you also must understand the art of delegation. I have to be good at helping people run the individual businesses, and I have to be willing to step back. The company must be set up so it can continue without me.” ~ (Richard Branson).

39. “If you aim higher than you expect, you could reach higher than you dreamed.” ~ (Richard Branson).

40. “The way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers.” ~ (Richard Branson).

41. “Learn to live on the edge.” ~ (Richard Branson).

42. “You never know with these things when you’re trying something new what can happen. This is all experimental.” ~ (Richard Branson).

43. “Always think, ‘what’s the worst that can happen’ and have some kind of strategy to deal with it.” ~ (Richard Branson).

44. “As a leader of people, you have to be a great listener, a great motivator, be very good at praising and bringing out the best in people.” ~ (Richard Branson).

45. “Right now I’m just delighted to be alive and to have had a nice long bath.” ~ (Richard Branson).

46. “Don’t become a slave to technology – manage your phone, don’t let it manage you.” ~ (Richard Branson).

47. “The key is to set realistic customer expectations, and then not to just meet them, but to exceed them – preferably in unexpected and helpful ways.” ~ (Richard Branson).


48. “If you don’t make bold moves, the world doesn’t move forward.” ~ (Richard Branson).

49. “Any successful entrepreneur knows that time is more valuable than money itself.” ~ (Richard Branson).

50. “Spend more time smiling than frowning and more time praising than criticizing.” ~ (Richard Branson).

51. “I know enough to know that no man is an island.” ~ (Richard Branson).

52. “Lead by listening – to be a good leader you have to be a great listener.” ~ (Richard Branson).

53. “Learn to use your brainpower. Critical thinking is the key to creative problem-solving in business.” ~ (Richard Branson).

54. “Colleagues should take care of each other, have fun, celebrate success, learn by failure, look for reasons to praise not to criticize, communicate freely and respect each other.” ~ (Richard Branson).

55. “Just start. You will learn so many lessons just by doing.” ~ (Richard Branson).

56. “If people aren’t calling you crazy, you aren’t thinking big enough.” ~ (Richard Branson).

57. “The truth is this: the Earth cannot provide enough food and fresh water for 10 billion people, never mind homes, never mind roads, hospitals, and schools.” ~ (Richard Branson).

58. “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.” ~ (Richard Branson).

59. “Chance favors the prepared mind. The more you practice, the luckier you become.” ~ (Richard Branson).

60. “Create the kind of workplace and company culture that will attract great talent. If you hire brilliant people, they will make work feel more like play.” ~ (Richard Branson).

61. “Brave people don’t live forever, but cautious people don’t live at all.” ~ (Richard Branson).

62. “The best way of learning about anything is by doing.” ~ (Richard Branson).

63. “Money gives you the freedom to do with your time what you want to do with it.” ~ (Richard Branson).

64. “If you’re looking to become an entrepreneur then don’t waste your time going to university or business school – just get on and do it.” ~ (Richard Branson).


65. “Listen. Take the best. Leave the rest.” ~ (Richard Branson).

66. “My philosophy in life is that you only live once. Live life to its fullest.” ~ (Richard Branson).

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

68. “The quickest way to become a millionaire in the airline business is to start out as a billionaire.” ~ (Richard Branson).

69. “If you don’t have time for the small things, you won’t have time for the big things.” ~ (Richard Branson).

70. “Learn to look after your staff first and the rest will follow.” ~ (Richard Branson).

71. “If you take care of your workers they’ll take care of your business.” ~ (Richard Branson).

72. “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.” ~ (Richard Branson).

73. “Only a fool never changes his mind.” ~ (Richard Branson).

74. “Publicity is absolutely critical. A good PR story is infinitely more effective than a front-page ad.” ~ (Richard Branson).

75. “Confidence breeds confidence and negativity breeds negativity. Treat those around you with respect and dignity and they will thrive.” ~ (Richard Branson).

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76. “Many assume my business success has brought me happiness. But the way I see it, I am successful because I am happy.” ~ (Richard Branson).

77. “Sometimes miracles come in pairs.” ~ (Richard Branson).

78. “My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself.” ~ (Richard Branson).

79. “Success Comes from listening to your customer.” ~ (Richard Branson).

80. “Run lean; avoid unnecessary expenses.” ~ (Richard Branson).

81. “Two heads are definitely better than one and by brainstorming as a team and sourcing ideas from each other, you have a better chance of coming up with a strategy that will allow your business to overcome a setback or challenge.” ~ (Richard Branson).

82. “Drive, determination, passion and hard work are all free and more valuable than a pot of cash.” ~ (Richard Branson).

83. “Successful entrepreneurs don’t wait for the perfect moment – they create it.” ~ (Richard Branson).

84. “A good leader leads from the front. Don’t get stuck in the office. Get out, meet people and listen to their stories.” ~ (Richard Branson).

85. “I moved into a nice houseboat in Little Venice when I was 15 years old. I found a girlfriend called Monday and a houseboat called Friday, so I had the week sewn up.” ~ (Richard Branson).

86. “Talent comes from experience and failure.” ~ (Richard Branson).

87. “You only live once, and I just don’t want to waste a minute of my life.” ~ (Richard Branson).

88. “Innovation happens when people are given the freedom to ask questions and the resources and power to find the answers.” ~ (Richard Branson).

89. “A setback is never a bad experience, just another one of life’s lessons.” ~ (Richard Branson).

90. “Wine, like life, is meant to be enjoyed.” ~ (Richard Branson).

91. “You can’t run a business without taking risks. The brave may not live forever – but the cautious do not live at all!” ~ (Richard Branson).


92. “Past failures unlock future successes.” ~ (Richard Branson).

93. “No matter how big you are, details count!” ~ (Richard Branson).

94. “Money is for making things happen.” ~ (Richard Branson).

96. “Commitment is not letting people down. That’s very important in life. If you say you’re going to do something, make sure you do it. Just try never to let people down.” ~ (Richard Branson).

97. “In times of recession there are massive opportunities and fortunes to be made, so for new up and coming entrepreneurs, this is the time to go and start a business.” ~ (Richard Branson).

98. “Communication: the thing humans forgot when we invented words.” ~ (Richard Branson).

99. “You can’t do good business with a bad person. Find the right people to work with and you can’t go wrong.” ~ (Richard Branson).

100. “If you want to stand out from the crowd, give people a reason not to forget you.” ~ (Richard Branson).

Richard Branson Quotes for Motivation

101. “Succeeding in business is all about making connections.” ~ (Richard Branson).

102. “Never take your eyes off the cash flow because it’s the lifeblood of business.” ~ (Richard Branson).

103. “Some 80% of your life is spent working. You want to have fun at home; why shouldn’t you have fun at work?” ~ (Richard Branson).

104. “I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It’s done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer.” ~ (Richard Branson).

105. “Those who achieve great things are the ones willing to be scared but not scared off. If you dream big and take risks, impossible becomes just a word.” ~ (Richard Branson).

106. “I’ve had great fun turning quite a lot of different industries on their head and making sure those industries will never be the same again, because Virgin went in and took them on.” ~ (Richard Branson).

107. “Loyal employees in any company create loyal customers, who in turn create happy shareholders.” ~ (Richard Branson).

108. “Your brand name is only as good as your reputation.” ~ (Richard Branson).

109. “Success comes from delegating, risk-taking and having a good TEAM!” ~ (Richard Branson).

110. “Take a chance – it’s the best way to test yourself, have fun and push boundaries.” ~ (Richard Branson).

111. “Above all, you want to create something you’re proud of.” ~ (Richard Branson).

112. “If you follow your dreams and spend your life doing what brings you joy, you are more likely to find success.” ~ (Richard Branson).

113. “If you spot an opportunity and are really excited by it, throw yourself into it with everything you’ve got.” ~ (Richard Branson).

114. “Have fun do good and the money will come.” ~ (Richard Branson).

115. “My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had – everyday I’m learning something new.” ~ (Richard Branson).

116. “If you want milk, don’t sit on a stool in the middle of a field in the hope that a cow will back up to you.” ~ (Richard Branson).

Short Richard Branson Quotes

117. “Don’t just play the game – change it for good.” ~ (Richard Branson).

118. “Doing good is good for business.” ~ (Richard Branson).

119. “Most skills can be learned, but it is difficult to train people on their personality.” ~ (Richard Branson).

120. “Success cannot be measured in wealth, fame or power, but by whether you have made a positive difference for others.” ~ (Richard Branson).

121. “Believe in yourself and back yourself to come out on top. A fulfilling career is waiting for those brave enough to find it.” ~ (Richard Branson).

122. “Build your own business team. Survival in business requires a synergy of skills.” ~ (Richard Branson).

123. “Breaking the rules and challenging convention is in the DNA of every successful entrepreneur. Doing things differently and solving problems with new, innovative and fresh approaches are the very reason many start-ups are able to compete and sometimes outpace the established market leaders.” ~ (Richard Branson).

124. “Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change. A company that stands still will soon be forgotten. Trying to provoke positive change is a principle we’ve embedded across the Virgin family for more than four decades.” ~ (Richard Branson).

125. “Any idea can be a great idea if you think differently, dream big and commit to seeing it realized.” ~ (Richard Branson).

126. “I’m sure you get the best out of people if you look for the best in them. People don’t need to be told when they’ve done something wrong – they know it without having to be told.” ~ (Richard Branson).

127. “Happiness is the secret ingredient for successful businesses. If you have a happy company it will be invincible.” ~ (Richard Branson).

128. “Engage your emotions at work. Your instincts and emotions are there to help you.” ~ (Richard Branson).

129. “If you run a business, put on top your employees, then your consumers, and then your shareholders.” ~ (Richard Branson).

130. “There is no point in going into a business unless you can make a radical difference in other people’s lives.” ~ (Richard Branson).

131. “Launching a business is essentially an adventure in problem-solving.” ~ (Richard Branson).

132. “When I was young, every time I criticized someone, my mother would stand me in front of the mirror and say: ‘The flaws you see in others are actually a reflection of yourself.’ That taught me to pay close attention when I looked at others.” ~ (Richard Branson).

133. “Quality brands never go bankrupt.” ~ (Richard Branson).

134. “The ability to bounce back after a setback is the single most important trait an entrepreneurial venture can possess.” ~ (Richard Branson).

135. “Well, I think that there’s a very thin dividing line between success and failure.” ~ (Richard Branson).

136. “I like to set myself a new adventure challenge at least once or twice a year because I love that side of my life. I love getting fit and training for it.” ~ (Richard Branson).

137. “I just love life. I mean, you know, I love every second of it. I love people.” ~ (Richard Branson).

138. “You can never go too far wrong by thinking like a customer who’s new to the business.” ~ (Richard Branson).

139. “To be successful, you have to be out there, you have to hit the ground running, and if you have a good team around you and more than a fair share of luck, you might make something happen. But you certainly can’t guarantee it just by following someone else’s formula.” ~ (Richard Branson).

140. “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.’” ~ (Richard Branson).

141. “Your brand or your name is simply your reputation, you have to fight in life to protect that as it means everything. Nothing is more important.” ~ (Richard Branson).

142. “I have always lived my life by thriving on opportunity and adventure. Some of the best ideas come out of the blue, and you have to keep an open mind to see their virtue.” ~ (Richard Branson).

143. “Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change.” ~ (Richard Branson).

144. “I think because I have great difficulty saying the word, ‘no,’ almost every day’s a different adventure.” ~ (Richard Branson).

145. “I just like to enjoy life and push myself. Of course, there is method to my madness. When you are entering into a new industry, for example, it helps to do something to get your name on the front pages.” ~ (Richard Branson).

146. “Space is hard – but worth it. We will persevere and move forward together.” ~ (Richard Branson).

147. “I was dyslexic, I had no understanding of schoolwork whatsoever. I certainly would have failed IQ tests. And it was one of the reasons I left school when I was 15 years old. And if I – if I’m not interested in something, I don’t grasp it.” ~ (Richard Branson).

148. “Being an entrepreneur simply means being someone who wants to make a difference to other people’s lives.” ~ (Richard Branson).

149. “Half the art of ballooning is to make your crashes so gentle that you can fool yourself into calling them landings.” ~ (Richard Branson).

150. “Tough times are inevitable in life and in business. But how you compose yourself during those times defines your spirit and will define your future.” ~ (Richard Branson).

151. “Unless you dream, you’re not going to achieve anything.” ~ (Richard Branson).

152. “Once a changemaker, always a changemaker but only a few swim against the tide.” ~ (Richard Branson).

153. “Of course an individual can make a huge difference but it is when those individuals come together with like-minded souls that they can change the world for ever and importantly for the better.” ~ (Richard Branson).

154. “Set impossible challenges. Then catch up with them.” ~ (Richard Branson).

155. “Education doesn’t just take place in stuffy classrooms and university buildings, it can happen everywhere, every day to every person.” ~ (Richard Branson).

156. “There’s nothing like the endorphins from being fit, and the incredible endorphin rush that goes with that. It beats drugs, drink, and almost anything else I know.” ~ (Richard Branson).

157. “I personally don’t believe anything is impossible. With enough determination and effort, almost everything is possible.” ~ (Richard Branson).

158. “Setting customer expectations at a level that is aligned with consistently deliverable levels of customer service requires that your whole staff, from product development to marketing, works in harmony with your brand image.” ~ (Richard Branson).

159. “One day offices will be a thing of the past.” ~ (Richard Branson).

160. “The world is made of words. And if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish.” ~ (Richard Branson).

161. “Luck is when determination meets opportunity.” ~ (Richard Branson).

162. “There are no quick wins in business – it takes years to become an overnight success.” ~ (Richard Branson).

163. “Listen to the customer’s complaint and act fast.” ~ (Richard Branson).

164. “Smiling can be a competitive advantage. It makes everyone feel better and every situation brighter.” ~ (Richard Branson).

165. “If you find yourself stuck in the middle there is only one way to go, forward.” ~ (Richard Branson).

166. “Flowers flourish when they’re watered, and shrivel up when they’re not. People are no different. The best leaders are the ones who look for the best in people.” ~ (Richard Branson).

167. “Lavish praise on people and people will flourish; criticize people and they’ll shrivel up.” ~ (Richard Branson).

168. “I am convinced that companies should put staff first, customers second and shareholders third – ultimately that’s in the best interest of customers and shareholders.” ~ (Richard Branson).

169. “We’re going where no one has gone before. There’s no model to follow, nothing to copy. That is what makes this so exciting.” ~ (Richard Branson).

170. “No failure means no risk, which means nothing new.” ~ (Richard Branson).

171. “Explore this next great frontier where the boundaries between work and higher purpose are merging into one, where doing good really is good for business.” ~ (Richard Branson).

172. “Put your passions to work to make this world a better place.” ~ (Richard Branson).

173. “People flourish if they’re praised.” ~ (Richard Branson).

174. “I’ve been lucky to have survived balloon trips, boating trips, you know, a lot of rather foolish things in my life, so I was definitely born under a lucky star.” ~ (Richard Branson).

175. “We had an electrical fault about 500 miles into the trip and lost more than half our fuel. We had a fire on the roof. And missed Los Angeles by 3,500 miles at the end of the trip and ending up in the arctic in a snowstorm.” ~ (Richard Branson).

176. “If you want to be a Millionaire, start with a billion dollars and launch a new airline.” ~ (Richard Branson).

177. “Don’t think about making money, think about making a difference, spot where others are doing it badly and do it better.” ~ (Richard Branson).

178. “Play fair, be prepared for others to play dirty, and don’t let them drag you into the mud.” ~ (Richard Branson).

179. “Please be polite. Nothing in life should erode the habit of saying thank you to people or praising them.” ~ (Richard Branson).

180. “Every great movement in the world starts with a tiny group of people who simply refuse to accept a situation.” ~ (Richard Branson).

181. “The important thing is that you’ve got a strong foundation before you start to try to save the world or help other people.” ~ (Richard Branson).

182. “Building a business is not rocket science, it’s about having a great idea and seeing it through with integrity.” ~ (Richard Branson).

183. “In 30 years time, as technology moves forward even further, people are going to look back and wonder why offices ever existed.” ~ (Richard Branson).

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

185. “I have always believed that there is no point in having regrets as you learn far more from mistakes than successes. Embrace a mistake and learn from it; don’t regret them.” ~ (Richard Branson).

186. “Good customer service begins at the top. If your senior people don’t get it, even the strongest links further down the line can become compromised.” ~ (Richard Branson).

187. “Consider getting smaller in order to get bigger.” ~ (Richard Branson).

188. “It is important to remember that life is not a dress rehearsal and that none of us should waste our time on doing things that don’t spark fires within us. My golden rule for business and life is: We should all enjoy what we do and do what we enjoy.” ~ (Richard Branson).

189. “I have always lived my life by making lists: lists of people to call, lists of ideas, lists of companies to set up, lists of people who can make things happen. Each day I work through these lists, and that sequence of calls propels me forward.” ~ (Richard Branson).

190. “I love eating meat, but I love our planet even more. So I will join this campaign and stop eating meat at least one day each week.” ~ (Richard Branson).

191. “People do not mind people who try things and fail. If you’re a good entrepreneur, you’re not going to succeed in every single thing you try. You’ve got to try to succeed at more things than fail.” ~ (Richard Branson).

192. “If people are crazy enough to dare, impossible things happen.” ~ (Richard Branson).

193. “It always pays off to focus on things that will make you feel proud. Remember this during every difficult decision you face.” ~ (Richard Branson).

194. “The bigger the dream, the greater the opportunity.” ~ (Richard Branson).

195. “Be bold, brave and not afraid to fall on your face and ultimately you will succeed.” ~ (Richard Branson).

196. “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.” ~ (Richard Branson).

197. “Screw the competition – focus on good customer service.” ~ (Richard Branson).

198. “Ideally, since 80 percent of your life is spent working, you should start your business around something that is a passion of yours.” ~ (Richard Branson).

199. “Realize that the people who are working with you, this is their life. You know, 80% of their time is spent at work. Make sure that they’re proud of what they’re doing, that they’re enjoying what they’re doing.” ~ (Richard Branson).

200. “A little humor is good for the soul – regardless of how old you may be.” ~ (Richard Branson).

201. “There is no point in starting your own business unless you do it out of a sense of frustration.” ~ (Richard Branson).

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