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Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons in Life and Business [Paperback]

Sir Richard Branson
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29 Mar 2007

Richard Branson is an iconic businessman. In Screw It, Let's Do It, he shares the secrets of his success and the invaluable lessons he has learned over the course of his remarkable career. As the world struggles with the twin problems of global recession and climate change, Richard explains why it is up to big companies like Virgin to lead the way in finding a more holistic and environmentally friendly approach to business. He also looks to the future and shares his plans for taking his business and his ideas to the next level.

Richard reveals the new and exciting areas into which Virgin is currently moving, including biofuels and space travel, and brings together all the important lessons, good advice and inspirational adages that have helped him along the road to success. This is a fantastic motivational business book that will help every reader achieve their own dreams.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; Expanded edition edition (29 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753511495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753511497
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Branson was born in 1950 and educated at Stowe School. It was here that he began to set up Student Magazine when he was just 16. By 17 he'd also set up Student Advisory Centre, which was a charity to help young people. In 1970 he founded Virgin as a mail order record retailer, and not long after he opened a record shop in Oxford Street, London. During 1972 a recording studio was built in Oxfordshire, and the first Virgin artist, Mike Oldfield, recorded "Tubular Bells" which was released in 1973. This album went on to sell over 5 million copies. Since then many household names, including Belinda Carlisle, Genesis, Phil Collins, Janet Jackson and The Rolling Stones have helped to make Virgin Music one of the top six record companies in the world. The equity of Virgin Music Group - record labels, music publishing, and recording studios was sold to THORN EMI in 1992 in a US$1billion deal. The Virgin Group has now expanded into international music Megastores, air travel, mobile, financial, retail, music, internet, drinks, rail, hotels and leisure, with around 200 companies in over 30 countries. Richard is married with two children and spends most of his time at his home on Necker Island.

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Sir Richard Branson shares the secrets of his success in this repackaged edition of his bestselling business book.

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Throughout my life I have always strived for success - as a businessman, in my adventures, as an author and a proud father and husband. I want to share the many truths I've learned along the road to success which have helped me to be the best I can. They include: Have faith in yourself; Believe that anything can be done; Live life to the full; Never give up. Learn these and other simple truths, and I hope you will be inspired to get the most out of your life and to achieve your goals. People will always try to talk you out of ideas and say: 'It can't be done,' but if you have faith in yourself you'll find you can achieve almost anything. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book 9 Mar 2006
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It's quick, it's easy, it's not preachy, it's positive. It's packed full of good advice and examples from Richard Branson's own life. He calls them his "lessons in life". He also says, "A journey of a thousand miles starts with that first step" -- and he's right. Reading this book, by the friendly genius that the media has dubbed a maverick in paradise, could be that first step to a positive and fulfilling life and perhaps a wealthy one. He says he can't tell people how to get rich fast and he doesn't have any secrets to success; all he has is "truths" and examples that worked for him and could work for you. Making money isn't his first goal -- having fun and doing good are. But he says if you have fun, then the money will come -- and explains why he says it. Every chapter is filled with his philosophy, spelled out in a simple and direct way. Chapter headings like "Just Do It!" "Be Bold"; "Have Fun!"; "Challenge Yourself"; "Value Family and Friends" are useful guides for everyone to follow. It's a great little book to read at odd moments. I read it all the way through in less than an hour, and instantly felt driven and motivated to get cracking with that project I've been putting off. Everyone should read this book and every teenager should be given a copy. It could be resonsible for turning things around and producing a society of motivated go-getters.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Branson knows best 7 April 2006
This is a good book with quick wisdom, but beware! it's most of all a summary of Branson's autobiography "Losing My virginity". It is still great, Branson talks in a very down to earth manner, but for more details and wisdom on how he succeeded in business I would definitely recommend by miles his Autobiography.
So, if you are intrigued about Branson's life this is a very good quick summary, which then if you like it, you should definitely read his autobiography.
All in all an inspiring read.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 18 Oct 2006
This book is what it says it is - a light, quick inspirational read. Don't buy it expecting to get an autobiography - that's 'Losing My Virginity'.

Some reviewers have complained that this covers a lot of the same ground as the autobiography but I don't think it's meant to be a sequel. It's a short series of anecdotal life lessons suitable for teenagers as well as adults. If you want something to give to an aspiring young entrepreneur, or something light and stirring to read in an evening, this is the book.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Follow the Leader!!! 28 Aug 2006
By Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I liked this book. Easy to read, easy to follow and unlike some other high powered businessmen, Richard Branson doesn't seem to have a big ego.

I like Richard Branson's honest and straight-forward approach to writing. No holds barred, straight-to-the-point prose. I enjoyed the book on two accounts. I am a businessman and I want to learn how Sir Richard has succeeded, but secondly, since I have read his other books, I enjoy his style and his books are a great read in any case.

So if you need to pick up a few business pointers - on how to succeed or fail even, or you just want an easy quick read, then I recommend this book.

I would have given the book 5 but I tend to think it is a bit pricy for a short book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat naive and out of date 9 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The trouble with this book is that it is written by a baby boomer who shares his generation's naive, rose tinted view of the world that comes from living in an era of unprecedented prosperity and the self help he offers is quite dated as a result.

He begins with some good pop psychology that has some merit although it has become terribly cliched these days. "I don't think that little word 'can't should stop you." It goes down hill from there. "If you don't have the right experience to reach your goal, look for another way in." And then "if you want to fly, get down to the airfield at the age of sixteen and make the tea."

I have absolutely no doubt that when Richard Branson started out in the 1960s, these ideas had some merit. However, even from this short sentence there are all kinds of problems with the advice he is giving. The most obvious is that no one hires anyone to make tea or act as a general dogs body anymore! The second is that if you quit school at 16 to work at an airfield when you have the option to go and get some science A-Levels and a relevant degree, then you're really making life a lot harder than it needs to be! A more sensible line might have been "then go and join the Air Force at the first opportunity."

But this is the problem with Branson's generation and it's why their advice is so useless today. They're blaggers who don't realise that employers are catching up. At one point he talks about his mother schmoozing her way into an airline job she wasn't qualified to do, which was great in the 1940s but not very likely in a world where employers use firms to perform background checks on new employees!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting read 7 Aug 2006
I can see what the author is trying to do here and I think he does it very well. This is a very informative book and some of the "Lessions in Life" are quite interesting for someone starting in business.

I did think, however, how does it compare to other books of this ilk. I found myself liking 'Go It Alone' by Geoff Burch much better. Having said that there is no doubt that Mr Branson has alot to share with the business minded readers of his book and it is still a very informative read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect little book to get a flavour of the man.
Had previously read this book from the library; so enjoyable and challenging I wanted my own copy.
Published 2 days ago by David George Willard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great quick read
Published 13 days ago by lesley craddock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Picked up some great tips
Published 19 days ago by rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Screw It, Let's Read it! ;-)
Great little book. Easy to read, light to digest.

Nothing revolutionary, but fantastic motivation and few useful tips from one of the most inspiring business leaders of... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Branson strikes again!
What can I say. I'm am a convert so anything published by Richard Branson gets my vote! This is a short book but packed with great advce.
Published 1 month ago by P A Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars inspriational
Branson is qucky witted and comes across as a normal everday kinda guy, but with one incredilbe difference; belief and bravery to follw through.
Published 1 month ago by Elayne
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good, but it really is a 'quick read'.
This book is interesting and inspiring, and gives an insight into the life and mind set of one of Britain's most famous entrepreneurs, but it's also very short. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mahbub Ali
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, shame about the quality
Great book, quick delivery, finally got it right at the THIRD attempt. I guess they thought "Screw it, let's do it" when dispatching and forgot about quality control. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sunflower888
4.0 out of 5 stars A good insight ...
... into Richard Branson and his seemingly crazy ways. The brevity of the ' Lessons in Life' avoid getting bogged down in business stuff.
Published 2 months ago by JulesMc
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read and inspirational
Each short chapter can be read in 10 to 15 minutes and there's a good message in each one. One of those books that's good to read when you're having a bit of a downer! Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Kent
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