“Losing my virginity” is a book I recently read, an autobiography of Richard Branson, an English businessman and investor who is best known as the founder of Virgin Group. And to everyone who asked me what I thought about the book, here’s my short review and hope it whets your appetite to pick one for yourselves and go through the life of this incredible business tycoon and a world leader.
The book is a collection of Richard’s diary notes and what impressed me the most is that the book starts with the adventure of one of his ’round the world’ balloon trip which ends in a disaster, it starts with a failure story of a man who went on to achieve a great name and reputation for himself and his company ‘The Virgin Group’.
He started his first business in the 1960’s, a magazine called ‘The Student’. The next one was selling music records via post eventually starting a record shop in Oxford street in London. Earning enough money from his record store, Branson in 1972 launched the record label Virgin Records with Nik Powell and bought a country estate north of Oxford, in which he installed a residential recording studio, The Manor Studio which produced and gave the world some of the best music and musicians.
After the music company was his bravest business venture the Virgin Atlantic and many other companies in different fields, the rest is history and even to this day we look up to this man who gave the world the best of products and services with one intention and that is to make this world a better place for everyone.
At the age of 28, he bought his first private island called the Necker Island where he spends most of his time with family and friends.
Here are some incredible lessons you will get to learn from this book –
- The value he places on people and how he entrusts them to take his vision to the next level.
- His love and respect for his family.
- His commitment to his dreams and the well being of human race.
- His ability to negotiate the best deal and build lasting relationship.
- His ability to take risk to achieve high goals.
- His failure stories and the lessons learnt.
- His friendship with kings and the world leaders.
I highly recommend that you pick a copy for yourself and go on a ride to understand what it means to live life to the fullest.
“Grabs you on page one and never lets go… read what makes this brilliant and hardworking man tick” – SPECTATOR
“Branson bares his soul – and everything else – in a non-fiction blockbuster … A must-read” – BUSINESS AGE