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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
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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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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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