Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Enterprises.
“One of the positive things about being dyslexic is that we look at things differently. We simplify things, we can see things more clearly. This is what’s helped me in business”, says Sir Richard Branson.
The following are quotations from Richard Branson in an interview with Anderson Cooper in 2004
Well, I was as a child dyslexic, not badly dyslexic but dyslexic had quite a lot of problems in school.
I mean my problems at school were such that I actually left school when I was 15 and there were some subjects that I just, you know, had a complete blank about. I mean (unintelligible) mathematics or I mean for instance for years I haven’t been able to work out the difference between gross and net. The reason that I think people who are dyslexic seem to exceed quite well in life, having had hell at school, is that you do simplify things.
I’ve been running my own businesses since I was 15 and therefore I’ve
been able to dress as I feel comfortable, you know, I’ve managed to get
a wonderful group of people around me and I don’t sit behind a desk all
day. I get out and, you know, meet people and spend time with people,
So, I think what I’m, you know, quite good at doing is, you know, is creating -- creating something which I’m proud of and the staff who work for me are proud of and then, you know, if you created the best then the figures hopefully, you know, you’ll be able to pay your bills and keep, you know, keep everybody in employment.
I’m terrified that if I ever did get addicted to, you know, computers or Blackberry’s that, you know, they would crash on me and, you know, so, you know, I use a notebook I carry making lists of everything and I check them off.
Obviously someone who’s dyslexic you’ve got to try to get them as much help as they can from, you know, the people at the schools and other people who are specializing in dyslexia. But, you know, in the end I think, you know, the chances are that they may well excel in other areas.
I certainly had to work, you know, to work enormously hard. I had to learn the art of delegation and not try to do everything myself and somehow, you know, somehow it worked out OK.
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Branson, who was a school dropout, entered into his initial effective business endeavor as a teen with the journal Student. When the publication started losing money in the late 1960s, he formed Virgin Mail Order Records (so named because Branson considered himself inexperienced in company) to raise funds, and in 1971 he opened the initial British discount record store. In 1973 he helped form Virgin Records, which quickly came to be the primary label worldwide for punk and new wave. In 1984 he came to be the majority backer of the airline that he renamed Virgin Atlantic Airways. Beginning with a single airplane, the provider succeeded in spite of fierce opposition from developed airlines, and in 1992 Branson sold Virgin Records to raise additional cash for Virgin Atlantic
By the 1990s the Virgin conglomerate, which was amongst the largest independently held companies in the United Kingdom, comprised some 100 companies, including Virgin Megastores. In 2004 Branson formed Virgin Galactic, an area tourism company that was working toward offering commercial suborbital passenger flights. In 2006 Branson sold Virgin Mobile, a wireless phone service, though he continued to be the biggest shareholder of the business, which was later on relabelled Virgin Media, Inc. That exact same year he formed the collaborative entertainment companies Virgin Comics LLC and Virgin Animation Private Limited.
In 1986 Branson was part of a two-man team that set a record for a powerboat crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Branson later helped fund Fossett's record-setting air travel in 2005, in which he completed the initial solo nonstop circuit of the globe in an airplane.
Branson's numerous charitable initiatives included pledging an approximated $ 3 billion in 2006 to money environmentally friendly fuel research. In 2007, in honor of his sustained support of humanitarian and ecological reasons, Branson received the Citizen of the Year Award from the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA). He published an autobiography, Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way (1998, updated ed. 2011). He was knighted in 1999.
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