Archive for August, 2009

16 Steps to having your own desert island

August 15, 2009

I was clearing out my office today and I found a great little book which I’d picked up on Virgin Trains.  The booklet is called ‘Be inspired by time’ and includes contribution from Richard Branson himself.  I was particularly taken by  his ‘Sixteen Steps…’

  1. Pursue profit patiently
  2. Take account of the variables
  3. Adapt to the situation
  4. Know how you need to do things
  5. Recognise the opportunity
  6. Inspiration can come from anywhere
  7. Research can reveal a way  round ‘no’
  8. Respect others, irrespective of what they can do for you
  9. Reputation is everything
  10. Never gamble on something that you have no influence over
  11. Enjoy what you do
  12. Employ the best people that you can
  13. Support and belief can take you far
  14. Use your money to do things
  15. Make every second count
  16. Begin it now.

Although it has a strong business development angle to it, I think that many of these messages apply to personal life too…. perhaps rather than ‘pursue profit patiently’, it’s more ‘pursue success patiently’.

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