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By Robin S. Sharma
I'm a simple man. Grew up in a small town. Came from humble beginnings. Zero silver spoon.
I've had some wins. And been knocked down with defeats. Glimpsed views from the top of the mountain. And walked through the darkest of valleys. But through this entire ride called "A Life"-I've refused to give up.
So last year-when I was invited to share the stage with the iconic entrepreneur Richard Branson at "The Ultimate Success Summit" in Romania-it was a giant dream came true. Richard had been on my "Top 5 People I'd Like to Have Dinner With Before I Die" list for years along with Nelson Mandela Matias Fernandez Chile Jersey , Madonna, Bono and Oprah.
Branson was larger than life. The man I'd seen on a thousand magazine covers was friendly, passionate, charismatic and confident. And, of course, fun.
In that hour before a few thousand human beings, we debated Leadership. We discussed success. We dissected innovation. And we dove deep into the thick of what it means to do our best work while we craft lives that make the world a better place. (Making money without creating meaning is an empty victory as far as I'm concerned.)
Between us, my personal goal in preparing for the session was to know more about Branson than anyone who had ever interviewed him. To have the insight to push him to go where he hadn't been. To not just be prepared but ridiculously OVER-prepared.
So I poured through obscure articles Mark Gonzalez Chile Jersey , reviewed past presentations and read everything I could discover about the rare-air life of this celebrated business titan.
I learned of his childhood [when he was four, his mother left him in a field miles away from home with the instruction to find his way back alone-an exercise to develop the independence that has since served him so well] and of his struggles with Dyslexia (he was expelled from one school and never received a high school degree).
I learned that he came up with the name "Virgin" in 1969 and launched Student, a youth culture magazine, when he was only 16. At twenty, Branson-always the disruptor-started a mail order business to sell records. The first Virgin record store appeared two years later.
I learned of his fierce appetite for risk-taking and "betting the farm" in acute pursuit of any goal he wants to get done (his critics called him crazy as he entered the airline business with Virgin Atlantic. He clearly acknowledged it was a dangerous play with his now-famous words: "The quickest way to become a millionaire in the airline business is to start out as a billionaire."
In my research, I came across other brilliant Branson one-liners that are rich in wisdom for those of us devoted to mastery in business and the building of a world-class life:
"All you have in life is your reputation: you may be very rich, but if you lose your good name, then you'll never be happy. The thought will always lurk at the back of your mind that people don't trust you"
"Branding is everything. A young girl once came up to me and told me I could be famous because I looked just like Richard Branson!"
"Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to keep things simple."
"My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had."
"My interest in life comes from setting myself huge Marcelo Diaz Chile Jersey , apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them."
"There are no rules. 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"
"I may be a businessman in that I set up and run companies for profit, but when I try to plan ahead and dream up new products and new companies, I'm an idealist."
"I am the captain of my ship and master of my fate. I believe in myself. I believe in the hands that work, in the brains that think, and in the hearts that love."
"I don't think of work as work and play as play. It's all living."
"Ridiculous yachts and private planes and big limousines won't make people enjoy life more, and it sends out terrible messages to the people who work for them. It would be so much better if that money was spent in Africa - and it's about getting a balance."
"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."
But perhaps what fascinated me most as I got to know Richard Branson was not his accomplishments or his uncommon productivity practices such as:
* Writing important messages on the back of his hands (he reportedly doesn't use computers and was saved by his wife Joan from being the only person to put up his hand at a conference where Bill Gates asked if there was anyone in the room who still didn't use the Internet).
* Getting up at 5:30 am every morning while he's on Necker Island, his private retreat ("I get up in the morning and come into what must be the nicest office in the world. It's a fantastic time for reflection and thinking about things. I come up with more ideas here than I do in the day-to-day running back home, " said Branson in a superb interview with Fortune magazine.