Practical Advice from ‘Losing My Virginity’ by Richard Branson (An Actionable Books summary)

“Conventionally, you concentrate on narrow boundaries when running a company. Not only do I find that restrictive I also think that it’s dangerous.”

Losing My Virginity, page 409

I was astonished to discover that this 600-page book could be boiled down to a handful of business principles. A separate lesson all its own, you’ll realize as you read Losing My Virginity that Richard Branson, rebel that he is, rebels in a consistent and predictable manner.

Raised by parents who constantly challenged him, beaten down by teachers who were clueless about his learning disabilities, Branson’s youth gave him a balance of determination and joy. His businesses have all been an extension of his personality. While it’s easy to dismiss advice like “have fun, be creative, follow your dreams” as new-age nonsense, it’s hard to argue with the success of the man who has launched more billion-dollar businesses than anyone in history.

Because his success is, not just well-known, but the stuff of legend, I’ll include more extensive quotes than usual, and keep my comments to a minimum. He can speak for himself.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Money First . . . Not!
  • “It is Only by Being Bold That You Get Anywhere”
  • There is No Formula

Read my summary of Losing My Virginity at Actionable Books.

9 thoughts on “Practical Advice from ‘Losing My Virginity’ by Richard Branson (An Actionable Books summary)

  1. Seems like a right nice chap, and quite a presence in person.

    Speaking of presence, and books, I’m currently reading “Subtraction” and noted a marvelous story about the feeling of words without their meaning, and the weight it carried. Nicely done, sir.

  2. You are both fine Knights of the Triiibes Round Table and I am a fair Dame honoured to have your approval. Prithee, where can I find this book ‘Subtraction?’.

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