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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; Quick Reads edition edition (2 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753510995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753510995
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.9 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,318 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 HIS SECRETS OF SUCCESS AND EXCITING PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

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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.

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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Watson VINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2006
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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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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Pito Perez on 7 April 2006
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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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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Bridgeman Clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Aug. 2006
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. P. Mellor on 7 Aug. 2006
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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Goutham Bhadri on 12 Nov. 2007
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There's no debate about it- Sir Richard Branson is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time and a role model for so many.

Im a big believer that if you want to be like the best, you need to learn from the best. This book helps you do just that.

Great business and life concepts are easily explained. And at a bargain price- what more do you want?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Unwin on 14 Feb. 2009
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Richard Branson is well known not simply for his success in business as head of Virgin, but for the manner in which he has achieved it. In this short book he sets out the key lessons that he has learned and which guide his approach to life and business.

Branson manages to cram a lot of ideas into the nine short chapters, and reveals insights into his childhood, the development of his business and the personal challenges he as undertaken as driver of record breaking power boats or as a pioneering balloon pilot.

The book is full of insights which weave lessons learned in childhood, with their application to his life. The role of luck, serendipity or synchronicity, as well as hard work and following your instinct are all brought to life.

When we look at someone like Richard there's a temptation to think that he had something special, something denied to the rest of us. That's not how he sees it. A key message is that we can all achieve, as he says, `I'm a believer in people, and what they can become.'

It is clear that Richard's success has more than an element of good fortune to it, but this is not something handed out only to a few. Opportunities are all around us if we are able to become receptive to them, and willing to take the risk of succeeding. Once you do there's no knowing where it may lead.

This is a great little book packed with good ideas and advice, as well as some glimpses into Richard's life, including the fear and danger that have been part of some of his more public adventures. The format and fun style of this book will encourage you to read it, and its messages will prove worthwhile.
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