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On being dyslexic


“Dyslexia definitely presented a challenge but the most important thing for me was to have a positive attitude. It helps to remember that dyslexia often makes you see things differently but also think differently to other people – which for an entrepreneur is very useful!”


On mentoring


"Do not underestimate the power of mentoring. At Virgin we have the following schemes to help aspiring entrepreneurs get their business off the ground. 1) Start Up Loans 2) Virgin Media Pioneers 3) In South Africa and Jamaica we have the Branson Schools of Entrepreneurship."


Richard’s5 SECRETS FOR SUCCESS


Richard coined the phrase ‘screw it, let’s do it’. But these are tough times for us. Is it really possible to get help and funding and make something work? Yes, he says, you can succeed as long as you can tick the following boxes.


1 Enjoy What You Are Doing


Why? Because starting a business takes a huge amount of hard work, requiring a great deal of time. So you had better enjoy it.


2 Create


Something That Stands Out


Whether you have a product, a service or a brand, it is not easy to start a company and to survive and thrive in the modern world. In fact, you’ve got to do


something radically different to make a mark today.


3 Build Something


That Everybody Who Works for You is Really Proud of


Businesses generally consist of a group of people, and they are your biggest assets.


4 Be a Good Leader


As a leader you have to be a really good listener. You need to know your own mind but there is no point in imposing your views on others without some debate. No one has a monopoly on good ideas or good advice.


5 Be Visible


A good leader does not get stuck behind a desk. I’ve never worked in an office – I’ve always


worked from home – but I get out and about, meeting people. It


seems I am traveling all the time but I always have a notebook in my back pocket to jot down questions, concerns or good ideas. ■


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