If there’s one billionaire who lives life to the fullest, it must be Richard Branson, Founder and Chairman of the Virgin Group of over 400 companies.
What’s inside the man?
“For me, business is not about wearing suits, or keeping stockholders pleased. It’s about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials”.
True enough, Brandon has shown in his lifestyle that life is to be lived not wasted of just thinking of what could have been. Looking at his business ventures alone, you could tell that he’s been busy. And this certainly disports that he’s not exactly just kite-surfing somewhere but in constant touch with the world.
While many billionaires spend a lot of their time talking to investors, corporate people and those they already know, Branson is almost everywhere online – from Twitter to LinkedIn to the promising MosaicHub trying to connect with people. See, in business, money is necessary but having an actual feel of the pulse gives you that added spunk with consumers and a first hand eye for potentials if he truly knows how to listen closely.
In this aspect, Branson is close to being wild. At times, you see him kite-surfing with naked women and on a “full moon” – trying to break records in “boating” and air balloons. The other side of him is simply a bit too carefree, but what the heck? You only live once, to each his own. And besides, what’s more important is that you do not compromise your responsibilities and position.
Nevertheless, in all these, what could possibly define his being would be his ultimate fulfillment of his “bet” with Tony Fernandes come May 2013. It’s been a couple of years ago since so, would it really happen?
This brings us to his latest overture…
Recently, Richard Branson announced that he’d join Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s $500B philanthropy club – Giving Pledge. And whether this is just a billionaire’s trend or not, their help could really do wonders if it’s done swiftly to those who need it most.
As he disclosed: “I genuinely believe that wealth should work for the public good. The decision I made is not just an attempt to be remembered as a philanthropist. I also see it as a way to protect my children from the burden of extreme wealth, which may deprive them of any motivation to achieve anything in life on their own”.
Well said. Indeed, an inspiration to all.
What’s your take?