I love Richard Branson, I think he is a true example of what people should try and shape their lives like – how to not worry too much and live the life joyfully, passionately and energetically. The way he has built his brand’s Virgin empire is going to be a story than many will be looking back at and say: “Richard, he was a great man!”
There is no reason not to like Richard and what he does, damn I already sound do cliche, let me rephrase. This guy is the true example of a person who knows his dreams and knows how to achieve them. He was struggling just as hard when he as a still just a kid – he got where he is now thanks to hard work and true dedication.
I was, as always, furiously browsing my email when new one appeared from LinkedIn, it was a new post made by Richard and I just couldn’t help but to share it with you all.
“Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.” – Steven Wright.
There are few things more valuable to an entrepreneur than being able to call upon experience to make decisions. This can be personal experience of similar situations, knowing how to deal with difficult predicaments, or having the knowhow to make the right call.
It can also mean surrounding yourself with mentors who have their own rich experiences, and can give good advice. In the end, your decisions are up to you – but being able to seek advice from people who have been there and done it is invaluable.
Nevertheless, most of us aren’t always able to call upon experience. I learn something new every day, and we’re all gaining new experience all the time.
In the meantime, you’ve just got to give it a go and whether you make the right decision or not, at least you are making progress and gaining that all-important experience.
To paraphrase Steven Wright once more: “The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll need to catch up.” So it’s time to start getting ahead!
Happy new year and here’s to a great 2014.
This post he made touched me because I also believe in direct experience as a way of moving forward, flourishing if you will. The more positive (and even negative) experiences we are able to accumulate the more confident we are when we have to move in a direction we have chosen.
It doesn’t matter if the end result is going to be bad, or good. What will matter is that you grew from experience, you learned something new and the next time you attempt something that involves the very same thing – it’s going to be incredibly easy, you have experience!
What are your thoughts on experience? Do you like the way Richard Branson runs his businesses? I am open to discussion :)