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Richard Branson’s 10 Favorite Quotes on Happiness

Richard Branson’s 10 Favorite Quotes on Happiness

What is the key to success? Who wouldn’t love to know the answer, right? I believe many of you know Sir Richard Branson. He is one of the most successful entrepreneurs nowadays. He built his Virgin empire from scratch, expanding from his music label Virgin Records to the aviation company Virgin Atlantic to his ambitious project Virgin Galactic. He has gained the type of success many of us only dream about. Richard revealed his secret: he believes that success comes after happiness. So show us your beautiful smile and read Richard Branson’s favorite quotes on happiness.

1. “Happiness is not a goal… it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)

How many times you found yourself saying “I just wish to be happy”? Being happy is our natural state. Do what you love, smile a lot, forgive yourself and others, be grateful, and serve. This is a simple recipe for happiness.

2. “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” (Andy Rooney)

Did you know that it takes approximately 10 years of hard work to become an overnight success? Ten years of failures, small successes and lessons. On the way up you learn the most; you grow. Be happy on your journey and do not give up. You will eventually get where you want to be, so just enjoy the trip.

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3. “Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.” –  (Drew Barrymore)

Ah dear Drew, you couldn’t be more right. Happy people are spreading so much positive energy around. You become happier just by being the right company. If you are happy and beautiful inside, you reflect it on the outside. Just take a mirror, smile and have a look at how beautiful you are.

4. “If you want happiness for a lifetime – help someone else.” (Chinese Proverb)

The entire proverb goes like this: “If you want happiness for an hour take a nap. If you want happiness for a day – go fishing. If you want happiness for a year – inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime – help someone else.” This ancient wisdom has already been proven by science. People who are helping others have significantly higher levels of endorphins, the hormone of happiness, than those who are treating themselves. Every day offers a lot of opportunities to help someone.

5. “Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.”  (Steve Maraboli)

Happy people have their own problems. If there is one person in the world without a single problem, I would love to meet them. The only thing we can do is to deal with all the problems and learn from them.

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6. “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” (Benjamin Disraeli)

We all deal with fear. But it shouldn’t prevent us from doing what we consider important and what makes us happy. Go out, do, kiss, laugh. Do not be afraid; take action. If it hurts you, you will learn. If it doesn’t, you will be just purely happy.

7. “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

Money cannot buy happiness, nor can the new yacht or beautiful villa. Happiness is an inside job. How long are you happy when you get a gift? Probably a couple of moments or days. When you are giving, your body fills with warm feeling of happiness.

8. “The greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” (Martha Washington)

Whenever we are sad, we tend to blame it on a situation or person. I know I have been doing it for a long time and sometimes fall back into it. You cannot change the situation, but you can always change your reaction. You are the one who choose to be happy or unhappy.

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9. “Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.” (Bernard Meltzer)

Imagine you share something and it multiplies. That’s what happiness and love is doing. Pretty amazing, huh? Share your happiness with your loved ones.

10. “Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.” (Dalai Lama)

Happiness is not waiting anywhere for you. You become happy if you decide so. You must do what makes you feel great. If you forgive past sins and practice gratefulness, you will find happiness.

Maybe you will build another Virgin empire, maybe not. Being happy will make your days fuller and, as Sir Richard Branson is saying, we all take it very seriously. You will attract all the success in the world just by being simply happy. Have a beautiful day and put smile on your face.

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Featured photo credit: Richard Branson/[email protected] via flickr.com

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

I’ve stood on the edge of my own personal cliffs many times. Each time I jumped, something different happened. There were risks that started off great, but eventually faded. There were risks that left me falling until I hit the ground. There were risks that started slow, but built into massive successes.

Every risk is different, but every risk is the same. You need to have some fundamentals ready before you jump, but not too many.

It wouldn’t be a risk if you knew everything that was about to happen, would it? Here’re 6 ways to be a successful risk taker.

1. Understand That Failure Is Going to Happen a Lot

It’s part of life. Everything we do has failure attached to it. All successful people have stories of massive failure attached to them. Thinking that your risk is going to be pain free and run as smooth as silk is insane.

Expect some pain and failure. Actually, expect a lot of it. Expect the sleepless nights with crazy thoughts of insecurity that leave you trembling under the covers. It’s going to happen, no matter how positive you are about the risk you are about to take.

When failure hits, the only options are to keep going or quit. If you expect falling into a meadow of flowers and frolicking unicorns, then you’re going to immediately quit once you realize that getting to that meadow requires you to go through a rock filled cave filled with hungry bats.

2. Trust the Muse

Writing a story isn’t a big risk. It’s really just a risk on my time. So when I start writing a story, I’m scared it will be time wasted. Of course, it never really is. Even if the story doesn’t turn out fabulous, I still practiced.

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When I’ve taken risks in my life, the successful ones always seemed to happen when I followed the muse. Steven Pressfield describes the muse,

“The Muse demands depth. Shallow does not work for her. If we’re seeking her help, we can’t stay in the kiddie end. When we work, we have to go hard and go deep.”

The muse is a goddess who wants our attention and wants us to work on our passion.

If you’re taking a risk in anything, it’s assumed that there is some passion built up behind that risk. That passion, deep inside you, is the muse. Trust it, focus on it, listen to it.

The most successful articles and stories I write are the ones I’ve focused all my attention on. There were no interruptions during their creative development. I didn’t check my phone or go watch my Twitter feed. I was fully engaged in my work.

Trust the muse, focus your attention on your risk, let the ideas and path develop themselves, and leave the distractions at the side of the road.

3. Remember to Be Authentic

Taking a risk and then turning into something you’re not, is only going to lead to disaster. Whether you are risking a new relationship or new opportunity, you must be yourself throughout the entire process.

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How many times have you acted like you loved something just because the men or woman you just started going out with loved it?

For example, I’m not an office worker. I have an incredibly hard time working in a confined timeline (ie. 9-5). That’s why I write. I can do it whenever the mood strikes, I don’t have somebody breathing down my neck, telling me that I’m five minutes late, or missed a comma somewhere. I don’t have to walk on eggshells wondering if what I’m writing will get me fired or make me lose a promotion. I can just be myself, period.

One girlfriend didn’t understand that. She believed solely in the 9-5 motto, specifically something in human resources because that was a very stable job. I was scared for my future, but I stuck with the relationship because of my own insecurities and acted like I would do it to make her happy.

Here’s a tip: NEVER take away from your happiness to make somebody else satisfied (note I didn’t say happy).

Making somebody else happy will make you happy. Doing something to satisfy somebody is murder on your soul.

4. Don’t Take Any Risks While You’re Not Clearheaded

I’d been considering the risk for a couple weeks. It all sounded good. I was 22 and I could be rich in a couple of years. That’s what they were selling me, anyways.

One night, while at a house party with some friends, I found myself at a computer. A couple of my friends were standing nearby and asked me what I was doing. I told them I was considering starting my own business and it was only going to cost me $1,500.

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Of course, when a bunch of drunk people are surrounded by more drunk people, things get enthusiastic. It sounded like the best business venture in the world to everybody, including me. So I signed up and gave them my credit card number.

A few painful months and close to $4,000 dollars lost later, I quit the business. I was young and fell into the pyramid scheme trap. It was an expensive drunk decision.

Drinking heavily and making decisions has a proven track record of failure. So when you have something important to decide, don’t let your emotions take over your brain.

5. Fully Understand What You’re Risking

It was the start of my baseball comeback. I got a tryout with a professional scout and killed it. After the tryout, he talked to my girlfriend and myself, making sure we understood I would be gone for up to 6 months at a time. That strain on the relationship could be tough.

We understood. I left to play ball, chose to stay in the city I played in, and a year later we broke up. Not because of baseball, see point 3 above. Taking big risks can have massive impacts on everything in your life from relationships to money. Know what you’re risking before you take the risk.

If you believe the risk will be worth it or you have the support you need from your family, then go ahead and make the leap.

You can get more guidance on how to take calculated risks from this article: How to Take Calculated Risk to Achieve More and Become Successful

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6. Remember This Is Your One Shot Only

As far as we know officially, this is our one shot at life, so why not take some risks?

The top thing people are saddened by on their deathbeds are these regrets. They wish they did more, asked that girl in the coffee shop out, spoke out when they should have, or did what they were passionate about.

Don’t regret. Learn and experience. Live. Take the risks you believe in. Be yourself and make the world a better place.

Now go ahead, take that risk and be successful at it!

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