What I have learned from Richard Branson

Do you know these moments of insight when you realize you have walked down a track that is not taking you home to your dreams? You have traded in you biggest aspirations for something others have recommended to you as feasible? You are fire fighting, focussing on financial performance and dealing with personality issues? And then there is a window opening and you see into the future and realize that you have let mediocrity enter your life, have settled for avoidance of failure and let critics run your life whispering that your aspirations are too high?


I have just come back from Robin Sharma’s Titan Summit in Toronto sharing a room with 100 and more people who want to change the world and make it a better place – and who want to change themselves in order to make their biggest dreams come true.


I realized the reality is this – right and left and across the table are people who fight the same battles (against their self-doubt), undernourish their dreams, and hesitate to jump. And we all support each other to go that extra mile and revive our vision, implement the next 10 steps, encourage each other that there is more to life than settling for the ordinary. And then, on the last day, Richard Branson arrives for an interview, placing himself in a white chair and settling for uncomfortable questions. Why is he doing that? Surely not for the money – he does not need it. I probably was not the only one questioning the need to bring in this good-looking 64-year-old warrior into the room. Why should he inspire me? And then I listened and observed and was taken aback by something I expected the least – humility. When I got onto the plane back to Europe late that night, I wrote down into my journal what I have learned from Richard Branson.

  • Presence – being yourself is the biggest capital you have, if you don’t let your ego come in the way of your gifts. Don’t let anything interfere with your humanness. Be tough and tender.
  • Possibilities – there is plenty of time in your life to live your dreams, but no time to waste a single day waiting to start. Revive your dreams, live your aspirations, meet your critics with humour, find the trace of truth and stay on the path.
  • Perseverance – no path is without obstacles, failure is part of the journey into your own growth, it is the confidence of moving forward step by step – no matter how small – that makes all the difference.

What is the big dream you need to revive?


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