Monday 11 October 2010

Carrying notebooks
People have given me a Blackberry and all kinds of electronic devices over the years but I have always written everything down in school notebooks. I jot down key words in my notebooks and later I can find a previous note and recall entire conversations. This has benefited me a great deal when I needed to prove a point later. But my notebooks aren’t just conversations. I also jot down my thoughts. Anything I see and hear can spark an idea in me. I write it down at once and often look back through old notebooks to gain fresh ideas to to see what I might have missed. I would advise people to keep a notebook with them at all times. It’s a great habit to get into.

Richard Branson is one of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs, present and past. Richard left school at 15 to Student magazine and later in his teens started Virgin Records. He then started businesses including Virgin Airlines, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Fuels and Virgin Galactic, a private sector space tourism company. He is the first man to travel the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by balloon. Also, in collaboration with Peter Gabriel and Nelson Mandela, Richard founded The Elders, a group of world leaders working objectively to help solve global conflicts. In the early 1990’s, Richard helped negotiate the release of Western hostages held in Iraq by writing a letter to Saddam Hussein which was delivered through his friend, the former King Hussein of Jordan. Richard has been married 18 years to his wife Joan, and has two children, Holly and Sam.

1 comment:

  1. Hussein,

    He is one of the Aviation greats, with Sir Freddie Laker of Laker Air & People's Express, Reggie Ansett of Ansett Australia...

    This man "is Intelligent, Street Smart, has Guts & has Walked his Talk"...

    Just to share this...


    Probably Britain's best known Entrepreneur...

    SCREW IT, LET'S DO IT by Sir Richard Branson -

    'SCREW IT, LET'S DO IT' is a no nonsense lessons-in-life quick-read-book by global entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.

    Online Extra: Green is Virgin Territory -

    For Branson, it isn't just talk. In the coming weeks, he will unveil a $400 million investment to build one of the world's largest bioethanol refineries on the East Coast of the U.S. He hopes the environmentally-friendly fuel, which is derived from corn, wheat, and sugar cane, might eventually be used to power his fleet of planes and trains. At the same time, Virgin is investing in other biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol, which is derived from organic waste, including sawdust and crop byproducts.

    MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH IS. It's all part of Branson's plan to turn his vast empire, which spans planes, trains, mobile phones, travel, wine, and even spaceships, green. In addition to biofuels, Virgin is investing in everything from wind power to trains capable of running on cleaner, more efficient biodiesel.

    He's even considering launching an environmental consultancy in Britain, which will help consumers run their homes more cost-efficiently through green technologies. And Virgin's latest venture, Virgin Galactic, will be his most environmentally-friendly business yet with spaceships that generate virtually no pollution.

    Branson first got interested in green investments nearly a decade ago based on his belief that oil prices were likely to rise dramatically in the years ahead. So in 1997 when Britain's Virgin Trains was investing in a new fleet, Branson wanted to ensure they were fuel-efficient. As a result, the Pendolino electric trains are the first commercial fleet of trains with regenerative braking technology, where every time the train brakes the electricity used is regenerated back into the national grid. It's the same technology Toyota later used in its Prius cars.

    You be the judge.