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12 Signs You Have What It Takes To Be The Next Richard Branson

12 Signs You Have What It Takes To Be The Next Richard Branson

Richard Branson has arguably set the stakes for entrepreneurship to such an extent that he has, quite literally, changed the concept of what it means to really be successful. He has never held back from being different and has always raised the bar in what’s possible as a business venture.

But is it possible to emulate his success?

Here are 12 core signs that you have what is needed in order to follow in his footsteps:

1. You have a grand vision that is bigger than anything you hope to achieve in a lifetime.

Do you have expectations and dreams that far outweigh your current resources or abilities? Then, chances are, you’re a natural-born entrepreneur.

Taking action is a challenge and one that takes consistent effort and hard work. And knowing the challenges ahead of you, you aren’t afraid to push the envelope.

2. You’re courageous and thrive under pressure.

Owning Virgin Group isn’t easy! With more than 200 umbrella companies at his disposal, Branson requires the ability to manage others, delegate time and resources, and above all, know when to have fun, which Sir Richard definitely knows how to do in spades.

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Spend time learning and honing the core business skills needed to excel as your ventures grow. You never know when you might need them in times of pressure.

3. You see positives and opportunities in things that other’s don’t seem to see.

When starting something new, there will be people going against you who will doubt your abilities, or view your ideas as impractical or a bad investment.

Perhaps you have a plan to start a Virgin Records, with an idea to sign on budding musicians who are otherwise unable to get signed elsewhere. Will you fold under pressure of your doubtful peers, or keep going despite the naysayers? It could mean the difference between being the owner of Necker Island or a small house in the suburbs.

4. You’re a self-starter and don’t require anyone’s permission to do so.

To achieve Richard-Branson-like success, you must be willing to take Richard-Branson-like action. Building a business is a lot like getting a plant to flower. If it isn’t watered regularly, it will stagnate and not grow to its full potential.

Furthermore, you must be willing to be self-motivated and not be dependent on others in order to get started.

5. You’re passionate and energetic.

If you’re not waking up every morning with a sense of fire and urgency in your stomach, then you’re doing something wrong. When Richard Branson isn’t running his company, he’s setting world records in a hot air balloon, collecting memorable vintage cars and organizing trips to space.

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Find out what excites you and make a promise to yourself to take relentless action.

6. You’re highly self-confident, bordering on arrogant.

It takes great confidence and cockiness to name a company Virgin and make it work. Richard Branson wasn’t afraid of being controversial and was simply able to pull it off due to his strength of character and comfort in who he is and not being ashamed of that.

7. You’re not afraid of being different from everyone else.

When placed in the public spotlight, it’s very easy to clam up in your shell and not expose yourself due to fear of public disapproval. Are you able to feel comfortable with yourself despite being different from everyone else?

Standing out is scary, but one that leaves a positive effect on others, as it certainly did for Richard Branson. Don’t be afraid of standing out. It’s what makes his brand unique and iconic.

8. You’re not easily affected by your deficits or weaknesses.

While Richard Branson had his fair share of weaknesses, having been diagnosed as dyslexic at a young age, it certainly didn’t stop him from becoming the man that he is today.

Are your weaknesses giving you excuses to not go out and try? Whatever you think you may have as a deficit, see it as a driving force to propel you to great heights.

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9. You place as much importance on balance and having fun as your ambitions.

Ambition is infectious and usually spills over into other areas of your life. If you’re not making moves on your business, you’re making moves to live a great life in all areas of it. Whether it’s your relationships, your family, your hobbies or your social activities.

The bigger your ambitions are, the bigger your adventures tend to become. Like taking flights into space!

10. You place family first and foremost ahead of your business ventures.

When working hard on your ambitions, you tend to realize that your family is perhaps the most important aspect of your life when it comes to winding down and finding shelter to ease your tension after a hard day’s work.

When Richard Branson isn’t working hard on his businesses, he is together with his wife and two kids, enjoying the fruits of his labor and sharing his life with the ones he loves.

You can live a happy life without a thriving business, but you certainly can’t live a happy life if you neglect your loved ones.

11. You’re willing to contribute to society and good causes.

Richard Branson is a philanthropist and has done his best to provide his value and resources to those in need.

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Are you willing to give and share your values with others for nothing in return? A key characteristic of all successful people is that there comes a point when they feel compelled to give back.

It’s the most rewarding aspect of being successful and makes you feel more satisfaction in return.

12. Your positivity, ambition and assurance is infectious.

Maybe your parents never believed in your ambitions to become an astronaut, but it certainly didn’t stop Richard Branson from believing in himself. So much so that his own mother was convinced to the point of saying he would one day become the Prime Minister of England.

Believe in your ambitions with enough conviction that others have no choice but to believe in you, too. Success will simply become inevitable, because it takes belief in order to achieve.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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