Richard Branson is an inspiring serial entrepreneur, a billionaire, an author of bestsellers, and a true leader for millions of people. He gained success in business when he was 16 and managed to grow a Virgin-branded empire since that time. Richard Branson is a founder of hundreds of successful companies in such spheres as Retail, Mobile, Health Care, Aviation, Radio, Internet, Finance, and others. Quotes from Richard Branson are being published and promoted worldwide by international media companies to inspire entrepreneurs and show how many opportunities each of us has in the business. 

So here is the list of the most powerful Richard Branson quotes on business, employees, leadership, and success.

Richard Branson quotes on business

“I have always been driven by the desire to change things for the better.” – Richard Branson

“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” – Richard Branson

“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

“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” – Richard Branson

“As your business expands, you’ll find that however successful a quarter has been, you can always do better next time. Rather than being discouraged, view this as an opportunity – another go at making a lasting, positive contribution to the world.” – Richard Branson

“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

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over, and it’s because you fall over that you learn to save yourself from falling over.” – Richard Branson

“Business isn’t about ties, suits, and briefcases. It’s about adventure.” – Richard Branson

“If you aren’t proud of what you’re doing, why should anybody else be?” – Richard Branson

“There’s no point in starting a business unless you’re going to make a dramatic difference to other people’s lives. So if you’ve got an idea that’s gonna make a big difference to other people’s lives, then just get on and do it.” – Richard Branson

“A delegation is a balancing act but when you get it right, that’s when growth happens.” – Richard Branson

“Listen. Take the best. Leave the rest.”- Richard Branson

“Any successful entrepreneur knows that time is more valuable than the money itself.” — Richard Branson

“One thing is certain in business. You and everyone around you will make mistakes.” – Richard Branson

“Starting your own business isn’t just a job – it’s a way of life.” – Richard Branson

“Whenever you are setting up a new project, the most important thing is to surround yourself with people who are better than yourself, have different skills and a healthy combination of enthusiasm and experience.” – Richard Branson

I wanted to be an editor or a journalist, I wasn’t really interested in being an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going.” – Richard Branson

“All ideas are second-hand, consciously or unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources.” – Richard Branson

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

“If your business is focused on solving a problem that everyone has, it stands a really good chance at being successful.” – Richard Branson

“Every referral you receive is a potential business opportunity.” – Richard Branson

“From my very first day as an entrepreneur, I’ve felt the only mission worth pursuing in business is to make people’s lives better.” – Richard Branson

“Be or become an agent of positive change in your own enterprise and adopt responsible practices to eliminate the risks that often lie at the root of inequality and poverty.” – Richard Branson

Quotes by Richard Branson on employees

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

“I have always believed that the way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers” – Richard Branson

“Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.”- Richard Branson

“There’s so much to be gained from working with a collective of people who support each other to achieve great things.” – Richard Branson

“When hiring somebody, I never ask to see a curriculum vitae. I feel that since I didn’t have one myself, it would be a bit presumptuous to ask to see anyone else’s.” – Richard Branson

Richard Branson quotes on leadership

“Only a fool never changes his mind.” – Richard Branson

“Being a good listener is absolutely critical to being a good leader; you have to listen to the people who are on the front line.” – Richard Branson

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Richard Branson

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” – Richard Branson

“Listen – it makes you sound smarter.”– Richard Branson

“I believe that listening is one of the most important skills for any teacher, parent, leader, entrepreneur or, well, just about anyone who has a pulse.” – Richard Branson

“Respect is about how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress.” – Richard Branson

“The way to become a great leader is to look for the best in people – seldom criticize – always praise.”- Richard Branson

“And once we decide to do something, we should never look back, never regret it.” – Richard Branson

“A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.” – Richard Branson

“…with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility. And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people, and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference.” – Richard Branson

“All you have in business is your reputation – so it’s very important that you keep your word.” – Richard Branson

Richard Branson quotes on success

“As soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live.” – Richard Branson

“…to be successful, you have to be out there, you have to hit the ground running” – Richard Branson

Whatever your goal is you will never succeed unless you let go of your fears and fly.” – Richard Branson

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Richard Branson

“The most important thing I think I can say is just to look for the best in people all the time. If you look for the best, you’re going to draw out the best in people.” – Richard Branson

“Failure is only the end if you decide to stop.” – Richard Branson

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson

“Long-term success will never come if profit is the only aim.” – Richard Branson

“Success for me is whether you have created something that you can be really proud of.” – Richard Branson

“Too many people measure how successful they are by how much money they make or the people that they associate with. In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are.”  – Richard Branson

“The era of procrastination is coming to a close. In its place, we are entering a period of consequences.” – Richard Branson

Well, I think that there’s a very thin dividing line between success and failure. And I think if you start a business without financial backing, you’re likely to go the wrong side of that dividing line.” – Richard Branson

Richard Branson quotes on family

“Being able to spend as much time as possible with your loved ones is absolutely vital, especially early on.” – Richard Branson

“Business and awards don’t mean that much. There is nothing more important than the health of you and your loved ones. Life is certainly too short not to appreciate people who have been significant in it.” – Richard Branson

“I cannot remember a moment in my life when I have not felt the love of my family. We were a family that would have killed for each other – and we still are.”- Richard Branson

So, what is your favorite Richard Branson quote?


Tetiana Artemova

Tetiana Artemova is an entrepreneur and owner of IStartHub, a business media for ambitious female entrepreneurs and small business owners.