Richard Branson: Lessons in Business and Life | Chase Jarvis LIVE

hey everybody how’s it going I’m chase
welcome to episode of the chase Travis live show here on creativeLIVE
you guys know the show this is where I sit down with the world’s top creators
entrepreneurs and thought leaders and I do everything I can to unpack their
brains to help you live your dreams in career and hobby and in life my guest
today is probably well he definitely needs no introduction but I’m just gonna
try and actually not give an introduction because you’ll know who he
is the second I say his name it is the guest today Sir Richard Branson and I
see thank you welcome you just got in yesterday from
the other side of the pond I got in from Washington actually I was trying to see
if we could rally the World Bank and the IMF to help the Caribbean that’s been
trashed from the Hurricanes so and then of course I came here to watch virgin
sport do a great performance and now and now Sonoma and Napa Valley being trashed
as well so strange estranged the the world is yeah the strange poor sees it
so many so many strange things happening right now your book just dropped a
congratulations first one losing my virginity 20 years ago this year I think
so we’ll talk about that and a little bit but I did want to mention I like to
open the show when I can with current events most recently I think it was two
days ago now maybe three you introduced Hyperloop one now in partnership with
virgin so it’s virgin Hyperloop one and how long has that been in the works that
you’ve got some summers things so many things going what was the oh well
there’s a guy called Sherwin who took me out to the Nevada desert some months ago
and I saw this wonderful tunnel outside Las Vegas where they were test running
Hyperloop one and and the chief engineer happened to be somebody I knew from
Virgin Galactic before and and it was very exciting and I’m in the rail
business we have the number one rail network in the UK but our trains are
restricted to about 135 miles an hour because of the track so the idea of
being able to transport people that 600 650 miles an hour was it was too good to
miss so so virgin Hyperloop has been born and there are countries all over
the world who’ve expressed an interest in taking it
it’ll transport both and transport passengers and it’ll I
think trans transform you know like cities likes you know places like
Scotland that are miles from from London suddenly there will only be 45 minutes
away and and so to make such a such a big difference in bringing people closer
to each other yeah just the fact that cities that are separated by States or
vast spaces we’re gonna be like metro stops basically in 700 miles an hour
yeah and it you know I mean actually technically if you give it’s a straight
line you could almost go a thousand miles a night it’s just the g-forces if
you’ve got corners so but so anyway realistically 600 650 which is pretty
damn good well Sherwin founder of Sherpa ventures
I know sure went a little bit he also really in in store in uber and a couple
of other investments super smart guy was at a relationship I think a lot of folks
at home are curious about how that kind of stuff happens is it just because
you’re you and and you’ve transcended all kinds of different transportation
environments that you get you get to be on the inside of this I think we’re I
think we’re lucky that the people trust the Virgin brand so you know you know
whether its Virgin Atlantic Virgin America Virgin Australia you know our you know previous
transportation businesses have been successful and so companies that have
got come up with cutting-edge technology I think quite liked the idea of being
associated with the Virgin brand and so yep you know we put an investment in the
company but the thing that excited me the most was the fact that it became
Virgin Hyperloop and and and and that you know by as long as we put the brand
onto products that are exciting that that enables us then you know the next
exciting project that comes through it makes it that much easier for us well
one of the things that but we serve sort of a couple of different audiences here
at creative live I think of them in certainly two buckets one is the bucket
of people from 0 to 1 and that people are just figuring out what they want to
do and can they make the leap from their full-time
job to do something more entrepreneurial or as a creator and then there are
people who are already identify with with being a creator and in I think you
stand as an inspiration to both of those groups what you’ve talked a lot about
your dyslexia and I surveyed some of the folks in our community instead of you
know if you could sit down with Sir Richard as I have to forget fortune
doing what would you talk to him about and that was one of the things I think
when people think about moving on in their career they think about their
barriers first and you’ve talked at length about it in other interviews but
I was wondering if you could just put a little context on this how what would
it’s like what was it like in school and then how did you in a sense I’ve heard
you talk about using your dyslexia to your advantage and how do you how should
you think about that or how should folks at home and so it’s interesting three
days ago I climbed a mountain in Morocco and it was the 18 hours up and up and
down and so a lot of times on my on my feet and then and I talked at great
length about dyslexia and first of all just the basic name dyslexia is you know
why have they come up with a name that is so negative and so difficult to spell
and so difficult to to pronounce for dyslexic so by the time we got to the
bottom we thought right we’re going to push alternative thinker as the new name
for dislikes dyslexia and we’re gonna blog about in the next few days so if
anyone’s got any better names for dyslexia we really thought would has to
be brand new that now I mean maybe 10 or 20 years old property they didn’t have
the trim when you were no they didn’t have it when I was young and I think dis
anything it sounds pretty nice to it anyway so yes so I think I was pretty
hopeless at school you know the conventional education passed me by and but I think that was a good thing
because you know come 15 I decided to quit school and bizarrely for a dyslexic
start a magazine to campaign against the Vietnamese war and and my dyslexia really helped me become
a really good delegator and I think and that’s been one of my great strengths so
I’ve had to find brilliant people around me over the last 50 years and all the
different ventures we’ve done and be willing to give them a lot of freedom
freedom to do good things and freedom to make mistakes and and by and large it’s
worked and and that’s freed me up to you know worry about yeah the next Hyperloop
one well they’ve never met the next projects but also just to look after
oneself you know and look at you know spend time with one’s family and I’d be
ready to troubleshoot when something goes wrong so so not to get bogged down
by the my new tie and and I think the best bit of advice I can give in anybody
any entrepreneur is you know find somebody better than yourself you know
give them the freedom to you know step into your shoes and then you know clear
the decks yourself and all those things that you were doing hand over to them
and then you’ll you’ll find very quickly you know the desk will be full up with
new ideas which you can then hand over again and you can keep doing that and
and and then you can become you know a cereal philanthropist as well as a
serial entrepreneur so let’s go back to speaking about the preneur go back to
the magazine for just a second because often people’s first projects are
indicative of where they’re gonna go and and that was in publishing right you
published a student magazine why magazines and you know how did you get
it off the ground I think people are interested in the tactics like how did
you actually do so so the last thing I thought was that I was becoming a
businessman or an entrepreneur I just wanted to be an editor of a campaigning
magazine to campaign against the Vietnamese war which was one of the most
unjust Wars ever and that pretty well every war is unjust but this was a
ghastly ghastly war and young people between the age of 15
and you know 30 were all marching on streets and trying to bring the water to
an end and I didn’t have any money there weren’t such things as mobile
phones in those days we had a mobile phone box at the school with a fixed
line telephone and if you wanted to make a call you had to keep putting money
into the into the phone box and and if I chose the time today where other kids
were not using the phone box to go and ring up at advertise potential
advertisers and see if I could persuade them to advertise in my magazine and
there was one occasion where I was putting money in and I lost the money
and like didn’t get through and I rang up the operator and they said oh don’t
worry we’ll put you through so then I started using the operator as my
secretary I just ring up so I’ve lost the money never put any money in and and
so I had this push these Porsche operators being put through I’ve got mr.
Branson for you and so I finally had my free three telephone calls and I just
had to hope that I didn’t get the same the same operators of two or three times
in a row and and then I would talk to coca-cola and say you know perhaps she’s
just taking a look full page ad I learned these think tricks quite early
on and I will have perhaps you doing it we all have to do it and national
Westminster Bank oh well if they’re doing it then Barclays would do it and
so on and when I got about four and a half thousand pounds of advertising
promised I was 15 and they’re huge brands from big yeah I think they I
think you know there was this young enthusiastic but they actually they
wanted to get to young people so there wasn’t a magazine for young people in
those days so somehow we persuaded them and and then the headmaster had be in
and said look you either run this magazine and leave school or you stay at
school and you don’t run the magazine I went thank you and I waved him goodbye
and and the magazine became my education and and I suppose I became an
entrepreneur by defaults because I had to you know worry about the advertising
worry about the distribution worry about the printing in the paper manufacturing
and and being an editor you know was important but it it but but well it was
at least fifty percent at the time was being becoming an entrepreneur a word
that didn’t exist fifty years ago I’m becoming by mistake some French
dictionary probably had it in there yeah and I’m sure I’m sure the French knew
what entrepreneur was but but in those days every company in Britain was run by
government ready so you had you know British Telecom British Gas but she’s
still British coal you know and they were awful you know badly run and and
then the myself and a woman called the DITA Roddick who
started body shop there were just the two of us as entrepreneurs and you know
anybody want to interview a woman they interview didn’t eat if they want to
interview demand they interviewed me so we got more than our fair share of
publicity for what we were doing and the fact that I was young you know gave me
an added added advantage to and and then just one thing led on to another and I
you know I found that music was really expensive to buy so I thought screw that
let’s yeah we’ll use the magazine to start selling music much more cheaply
than anybody else and of course we were selling music we liked so it didn’t have
you know it wouldn’t we wouldn’t have had Andy Williams it would be Frank
zapper it would be you know we’d start having a credit we’ve got a lot of
credibility by the quality of the music we sold stones so stuff exactly and and
then we started you know we came across tapes of artists that we loved and
nobody would put out so we thought screw that was that a record company and and
Virgin Records was born and it became the most successful independent record
label actually in the world with Janet Jackson’s and anyway a whole lot
of Phil Collins Peter Gabriel boy George etc etc and and was a lot a lot of fun
well you said two things in there that I want to hold on to one was that the
magazine was your education so you do what do you have to say about
traditional education I mean I frankly creativeLIVE exists because I don’t I
don’t feel like that the traditional education is preparing people for the
future and features skill based and went on and obviously you’re an investor in
creative life so there’s an overlap there but talk to me about how you think
about traditional education versus just the doing I we’ve we one of the one of
the reasons we started the magazine was because I couldn’t stand the education
system at school you know people left left school after years and years the
years of learning French but hardly speaking a word of it people left school
after years and years of learning Latin and how do you spoke a word of it and it
was just facts being crammed into you and one of the reasons we started the
magazine was to campaign against the system many many years later you know
we’re still having reimagining education conferences on Necker Island and things
and and I just suddenly you know still think you know we ain’t sorted the
problem out yet and what what you’re doing is tremendous and and there needs
to be more of what you’re doing but school schools you know still a very
fact fact-based and exam based and so you know so I’m I’m yeah determined to
see in the you know the next ten years of my life whether we can you know
really make a difference and yeah maybe we would love to work with you and
thinking how we can properly reimagine education and and make kids bouncing to
school you know really really being stimulated you know in a wonderful way I’m call
yourself a grand dude got a couple of grandchildren and as do you think about
the world that they’ll go to school in and do you think it’ll look anything
like the one that we’re in now or how do you think about well I think I mean in
in Britain an education system has not changed that much in the last 50 years
so yeah and it and and it still needs to and yeah with four grandchildren or two
years old yeah I would like to try to get it help get it right sooner rather
than later all right we’re on it right in the second thread that you were
working off of that I want to pull on is you started with the magazine the
magazine allowed you to sell music music transfer translated into a record out a
record label use the financing as I understand from the record label sale
record label for the airline and etc etc is that a is that what you prescribed
because everyone wants to not everyone but the people that are at least
listening and watching to the show here like they want to find their thing and
that is a question that I hear so often in entrepreneurial circles is how do I
know what to focus on what advice would you give someone who’s wondering like
how do I find my passion and how do I pull on these threads and and where
where they going to lead to help us understand how you got started and and
how they should think about it well I think I mean most most people listening
to this show know know what their passion is and and they make it could be
a hobby it could be you know they could love reading they could love playing
tennis they couldn’t you know have passions and if you have a passion it
makes sense to spend a lot of your life and involved in that passion and quite
often you can turn your passion into a business you can see that maybe there’s
some aspect of your passion that people are not doing that well and and you know
you can say screw it you know I I could I could I could do it better and I think
all you know if you spend your life with your eyes open looking for looking
for things that frustrate youth looking for a gap gaps in the market that’s all
the businesses is it’s fulfilling that you know filling in a gap and doing it
better than it’s been done by anybody else and and and you know it if people
who don’t have closed minds will most likely find find that or to find those
opportunities now I suspect there will be a hundred people who will have come
up with that idea before you but there 100 people you know won’t won’t have had
the courage just to go and do something about it so you know so there’s a few
people who just say right you know I’m gonna give it a go that and often end up
you know being being successful you starting small I think is another thing
that I see I see people miss this is the second time you’ve been on the show and
we recounted this that the how you got started with virgin with the here in
Puerto Rico and all that folks go listen to the other show for that story it’s a
beautiful story but you you had one plane you were an airline with one plane
and I think that’s to me that’s remarkable that the concept of an
airline you you think of American Airlines or something that has you know
vast fleets of planes and is is starting small
Hyperloop one it’s not exactly small right there’s now you’ve got this
massive vision but I mean how do people go from zero to one like you have to
start somewhere and you happen to start with a 747 so
it’s not like it’s the small plane but is there any advice that you have on
getting started because I think that first step paralyzes so many people yeah
I mean the rules I set myself was you know first person well I was sure that
that the airline business stank and it was it would you know the quality was
ghastly and and you know it wasn’t fun and it was yeah pretty pretty miserable
experience to travel from A to B on British Airways or any of the other
airlines so I thought you know if we could throw
into the mix a plane that was you know great fun which was beautifully designed
that had staff that really you know loved what they were doing you know
where the food was great wherever the seating was nice where there was
stand-up bars where the you know just you know the entertainment was great
that we would have a chance we couldn’t be sure and so first of all I did a deal
with Boeing that so I could hand the plane back to Boeing at the end of the
12 months you know if I was wrong about this and that was protecting the
downside so at least I knew the worst that could happen was about 50% of the
profits of Virgin Records for the year if it all went wrong and then we threw
this one plane in in against Pan Am with 300 planes TWA with 300 planes British
Airways with 300 planes air Florida with a couple of hundred planes people
Express a couple hundred planes British Caledonian with a hundred planes you
know Air Europe down air etc and let’s talk about that and we and people loved
it and you know I used myself to make sure
we got on the front pages of the newspapers not on the back pages and and
come the end of the first year we rang up Boeing and asked for a couple more
747s for Florida and for a couple more routes and slowly but surely we grew and
as we were growing British Airways decided they didn’t they didn’t like
this at all and even although we were only had sort of four or five planes and
they launched what famously became known as the dirty tricks campaign and you
know we took them to court we won the biggest libel damages in history we
distributed it at Christmas time and and they became known as the British Airways
Christmas bonus and and all their staff were smiling
happy and and and and British Airways backed off somewhat and and as we were
growing every one of our other competitors went bankrupt TWA went
bankrupt Pan Am you know British Caledonian anyway yeah
the whole lot air Florida the lot disappeared
and the only reason I think British Airways survived was they had a monopoly
of the slots at the main airport and and you know so it is possible for a much
smaller company you know to be the David taking on the big liars and as long as
you’ve got quality and you panache and fun and style you can actually beat them
or at least yeah you can be most them and and that’s what Virgin Atlantic did
and the fact that you’ve you’ve done that in so many different industries is
that a method like you’ve always had Apple needed Microsoft there’s always a
bad guy and it was clearly British there was this crappy service you talked about
this you know state-run or state subsidized and you talked about panache
and style and and all these other things it does is that a requirement to the
dynamic that there’s something that needs changing or disrupting or is that
just the way that you think or build businesses I think it’s not a
requirement but I think competition is good for everybody and and you know
having a bigger competitor with a fat belly to prod makes it a lot more fun
than you know if you just suddenly had had a monopoly in a whole new industry
it makes you much more sleeker foot than I think if you were if you were the only
player in town so 20 years later you you have written finding my virginity after
losing my virginity release let Matt get a good shot of the cover there for the
folks that are watching explain the concept behind the book
which is finding my virginity at I thought virginity can only be lost well I’m sort of finding my virginity
all the time with new new ventures and my my final book in another 20 years
will most likely be virginity found hopefully I’ll finally get they’ll
finally get there but but they first of all I think everybody should write a
book I think every single person on this earth has great stories to tell which
they can share with their children and their grandchildren and and it you know
it’s a pity that these everybody’s life is not it’s not captured and and you
know the stories your parents taught you when you were young you know your
friendships everything I think of worth capturing I mean I’ve I’ve led you know
I’ve been lucky enough to have a very full on I think quite interesting life
and and therefore I think sharing sharing my stories with you know with
without with with others hopefully people can learn something from them
losing my virginity was sold millions of copies and and I’ve met a lot of people
who said it affected their lives they’ve you know maybe dropped everything
started their own business they’ve done very well as a result and and I hope
finding my opportunity will have the same sort of effect on people’s lives
and that they will you know take a few few bits from it and you know learn from
it I’m a I’m a storyteller I love telling stories I think that’s the best
way of getting messages across humor is important and there’s quite a lot of
humorous moments as well while having steamrolled through it in the last 72
hours thank you for having doing that oh it’s brilliant
and also speaking of the other books like I’ve collected
biographies of amazing artists and entrepreneurs my whole life
it’s those have been inspirational to me and so yours your original book it
certainly did that this strikes me as a little bit more almost of a leadership
book there’s so many and in modern times where we’re our own leaders were able to
start a company with basically nothing we’ve got more access to tools and
technologies and we ever have before all these things are democratized folks who
used to be followers are now becoming leaders and I feel like leadership is a
huge area of growth and opportunity I myself had to figure out how to be a
leader as creativeLIVE and turning to you and others you taught me how to
mitigate the downside and whatnot but what do you have information or ideas or
any advice for the folks that are leaders in businesses that you feel like
is often missed or ignored or what has been the key to your success in
leadership well I think yeah a good leader is a bit like you know being a
good father really or good mother you know I think what you do at home and
what you do at work should be all my almost one at one and the same you know
so if you’re a good father you you know look for the for the best in your kids
you praise your kids you you you love your kids and and a good leader is
exactly the same you’ve got to love it lavish praise on the people you’re
working with you’ve got to be a good listener make sure that you know you’re
listening all the time you absorb in what you learn from from the people who
you’re working with you know I mean I I just hate when I see leaders jumping
down people’s throats or lording it over people or not listening you know hearing
their own voices all the time and and it’s so counterproductive
and so I think the the the traditional sort of stereotype of you know the sort
of Dallas if anybody can remember that TV series
the leader that tread trades all over people to get to the top is the absolute
opposite of what what one needs and leaders today yeah trumpets trumpets
aspect is the absolute opposite of what one needs in a leader today and but
fortunately that that’s the exception to the rule
you know most you know most modern-day leaders are great with people and they
bring out the best and they’re people and therefore they get a really loyal
group of people around them and to ask somebody to leave a company you know you
know should be so rare I mean generally speaking you can you know if you’re
talking about a company is a real family you find that you find another position
for them in within the company that suits their role better than the one
that maybe they’re not working out in and this whole sort of slightly more
American approach of firing and firing people have got to to readily is I think
very wrong how important is vulnerability and an authenticity to
leadership you’ve you’ve you show great empathy whenever you’re you know I from
that time a lot of time with you and you’re always concerned about folks as
you said like firing is that a is that something you’re very cognizant of like
empathy and vulnerability you you share a lot about you know being scared and
then wine-cellar when the hurricane hits your house just how important is that
for folks at home that are well I think you know I think I think you need to you
know again yeah you need to be human you need to you know you need to be willing
to cry on occasion so I mean if you know I mean you know we’re not when our
spaceship went down you know I met talked about it in the book met the 700
engineers and you know we all cried together we all had a big hug together
and then we picked ourselves up and you know we’ve moved on to create
ESS unity a new spaceship which will hopefully get me going up in a few
months time so yeah so you know don’t be people shouldn’t be afraid of being
human human beings and and with all the vulnerabilities that human beings have
this the space component was also really big I think you’re can you talk to me
about your fascination with space is it literally space in and of itself or is
it the concept of space being something that’s so vast and that’s the next
frontier for you besides of course hyper live one but why space why why you on
these why not I suppose I would say I mean like I think it’s something that oh
I would say 80% of the people I meet would love to go to space and it’s up to
us to produce spaceships and that enable them to go safely and and affordably and
that’s the challenge that we set ourselves and and you know creating a
space line it look it’s fun I mean factor you know I mean like you
know only live once and and and if you know if I didn’t if I’d done nothing
else my life of create a space line and that you know could take people into
space I’d feel pretty chuffed and and and and there’s a lot that can be
achieved through it I mean you know we’re putting up you know two thousand
satellites around the world with with one web as part of as part of an you
know we have a company called virgin orbit that is putting it you know
putting up satellites and and that will make a big difference back here on earth
and and because our spaceships are designed like you know they’re real
spaceships like you know in the shape of airplanes we can you know move it move
into point-to-point travel one day and so it’s ridiculously good fun it’ll be
great for the Virgin brand and you only live once and
it’s horribly expensive but you know will if you can pull off the best in an
industry generally speaking you’ll find that you’ll get your money back one day
and so you just got to create the best in the first place which when we’re
nearly there in doing on a final theme are explore in the book is that of you
talk about the elders folks like Nelson Mandela have been a big inspiration to
you how important is mentorship and a peer group and community to you and and
to building not just a brand but a life that you’re proud of yeah really important I mean they I was
lucky enough to get to know Nelson Mandela really well and and he has a
wonderful sense of humor as does Archbishop Tutu who they’re both very
good were both very close and you know building the elders with them you know I
think it’s one of the most important things that we’ve done that would Peter
gave her and myself have done in our lifetimes and and the you know they’ve
you know the elders have been going about 10 years they go into conflict
regions try to resolve conflicts and they set up some wonderful organizations
things like girls girls not brides and so on
you know they’ve spoken out strongly on things like the climate change and so so
it’s magical being involved with that and and about fifty percent of my time
was now spent on not-for-profit ventures you know like campaigning against the
war on drugs and trying to you know get government’s to treat drugs the health
problem not a criminal problem trying to protect the species in the oceans
through oceans unite and the oceans elders trying to rally businesses to
become forces for good and make a difference in the world through the
b-team you know getting the carbon war room and
the Virgin Earth prize to try to help tackle climate change so there’s a lot
of a lot of really really great people running these
wonderful not-for-profit organizations that that hopefully can make a
difference as well so you’ve your chronicles as an entrepreneur are well
documented and also I’ll reference our earlier conversation it’s been very
popular there’s a lot of talk about your near-death experiences your film had
just come out at that time and so if folks want to hear all the numerous ways
that you’ve almost done yourself in from ballooning I want to flip the script in
this particular and and I think so much of your world is is giant for people in
a wildly aspirational but you have to get out of bed just like everybody else
you have to put your pants on one leg at a time what are some of the tactical
things that you do like maybe for example in the morning how do you get
started with your day what are some things that you do that have provided a
really good life for you and health is dramatically you know really important
to you I know that about it yeah I mean I you know I mean looking after yourself
your body it’s the most important thing you can do because if you don’t look up
to yourself you can’t look up to your children you can’t look after your wife
you can’t look after your businesses everything else falls apart so you know
so the first thing I do in the morning is get up early go and play tennis with
somebody that’s tennis pros better than me and we have a full on a couple of
sets of singles tennis and I’ll do the same again in the evening then if the
wind is up I go kite surfing and and then and I would have all done all that
by by seven o’clock I’ll then go to have some breakfast and trying to make sure
the breakfast is relatively healthy and and then you know I’m set up for a you
know set up for a really full-on day and you know at least once a year we serve
ourselves as a family a big challenge you know so and we try to raise money
for an organization for young people that my children’s set up called strive
and to do with education actually for young
people and so last year the kids rang me up and said dad I’m not sure you’re
gonna want to come on this one but you can if you want to so foolishly I said
yes so we started at the matterhorn we did an eight day hike across and the
Italian Swiss Alps we then did a two and a half thousand kilometer bike ride
through the mountains since something from the north of Italy to the
southerner step of Italy we then swam to Sicily we then did a marathon another
hike than a mountain bike and then a hike up to the top of Mount Etna and and
at the end of it I felt like a 25 year old I had a body of a 25 year old I’ve
never felt so fit you know for years and and you know and the great thing is
by setting these challenges you’ve got to train for them and and then you know
last week I did we just we just climbed the highest mountain in North Africa
called Mount toubkal and you know 18 hours on our feet and and and you you
curse and swear at the time but afterwards it just feels so good
so I think setting setting yourself family challenges or said you know just
just every year just sort of set a challenge which you can work towards is
a good idea it’s well that’s well chronicled in here as well so last point
like to to here for me that in the last interview we also I asked you to tell me
something you hadn’t told anyone else in a different interview and that he
struggled with that for just 20 30 seconds then you came up with a great
stories you cited yourself as a storyteller about getting pulled over by
a copper and I want you you pounded a buddy in the stomach and I’m gonna he’ll
and you were speeding I’ll I’ll leave it at that but it was a great story instead
of a story that no one else had heard one thing I haven’t heard from you is in
previous interviews what’s the most important thing to you you talked a lot
about building businesses and you you you’re so I think about you know I’m in
in the end in the end everything comes down to your
family and friends and there’s nothing yeah that’s that’s you know that’s all
that all that matters in the end and so we’ve been very lucky you know my
parents were very lucky they loved each other throughout their lives I’ve been
with Joan for 40 years and and and as I told her last week she’s still a sexy
beast and and and you because we’re happy together that has helped you know
helped with our kids and helped with their relationships and and you know my
guess is that they’ll stay together and they’re very very happy and that’ll help
with their children and so as it we’ve just been very lucky in that way I mean
obviously 50% of families are not so lucky and then they have to sort of pick
themselves up and try to so keep keep that those friendships and and and and
and those family together I’ll end with one fun story so my which had told in
the book but and my dad when he was about 86 87 I took him on a hike through
Africa following the migration of the wildebeest and and and and he loved
Africa it was kissing was raining every day and you know for a poor 87 year old
have to get up and go and try to squat down over a hole in the ground in the
middle of the night in the pouring rain was not much fun for him but but anyway
he was you know it was it was it was a wonderful thing for a father and son to
do and anyway on the last day he woke up and he had the biggest smile in his face
we were sharing a tent and and I said to dad you did you have a happy dream he
said yes I said did it involve a woman he said yes I said did you misbehave
with her he said no he said but she misbehaved with me outrageously anyway
so yeah humor humor is important the book is laced with it speaking of sexy
beasts you you’ve got to pick up the book if you’re
watching you’re listening finding my virginity by Sir Richard Branson I know
you want people to pick up a copy of the book I want to say thanks for supporting
creativeLIVE of course there’s another way that I’ve heard you asking people to
get involved and that’s you’re building that rebuilding the Caribbean or doing
something to help what is a way you know after recent devastation from the
hurricane there is there a particular way that people could could donate funds
or time or what would what would it ask be there for the community um one of the
there’s so many causes that you know I mean here my in San Francisco and you’ve
got Napa Valley and Sonoma on far and there’s so many causes for people to to
help they there is a tiny little foundation called unite PPI that’s
trying to help rebuild the British Virgin Islands but you know we you know
we can we can put our resources into that so yeah so look just I think
everybody out there I’ve got very important courses that they’ll put their
spare pennies towards and right now what we’re trying to do is get the World Bank
and the IMF etc to look after the Caribbean as a whole and really try to
get in there and try to move the Caribbean into becoming you know being
powered by clean energy and you know get to help get it back on its feet in a big
way and and and you know actually the best thing you can all do is in a year’s
time once before once we’ve got it rebuilt come and visit us in the
Caribbean because that that will that’s what the carrot that’s what people are
going to need cuz we need they’re going to need to get tourists back thank you
so much y’all will see another dime probably tomorrow thanks Evan you

34 thoughts on “Richard Branson: Lessons in Business and Life | Chase Jarvis LIVE

  • It's easier to be successful when you evade paying taxes. Branson (and his various Virgin companies) have been using aggressive tax avoidance schemes for years. This is especially disgraceful on private healthcare contracts with the British NHS, which is publicly-funded.

  • Thanks for sharing this interview with us, Chase … it can be hard when someone is as famous as Sir Richard, he has been interviewed extensively and still you managed to get new perspectives out of him. I really liked when you asked him what was most important to him. Can't wait for the next video you put out – Go CHASE! 😀

  • unbelievable stuff…great insights… Chase, you just have the skills to drive the conversation in such a unique way.. i don't know what it is.
    richard is such a smooth guy, with such a calm way of talking and presenting things. i'm sure he had his hardships but he certainly saw them as opportunities.
    thank you so much, this is super inspiring

  • Love the discussion on traditional education and how you would like to change it. I have been teaching in the upper elementary grades for over 22 years. I wouldn't mind discussing this topic more in depth.

  • Man, it seems like even Branson's earliest efforts were light years ahead of where I am now! Anyone else simultaneously daunted and inspired while listening to him speak?

  • Thank you for the channel. It's fun. But for this video, it always amazes me when people need someone to tell them the fundamentals of business. Risk trying things, work hard, be resilient, keep going and be nice to people because you will need them one day. You will hear this in a million different forms and words, I think I've heard this man's talk given so many other successful people that I can't remember. The bottom line is that you have to be willing to be uncomfortable for a while, to put off immediate satisfaction or comfort and you have to find the answers that are for you yourself. Americans are used to being given the instructions, sometimes the best thing is to not follow them. If you are not taught to do this at a young age or you are not conditioned to it in your upbringing, you will not have it in your adult life, unless you really work hard at reconditioning yourself. People's success comes out of character, and that makes itself evident throughout your life. People are pretty consistent.

  • that hurts … only subtitles "generated" in English
    … your channel is very interesting and we are many in latin america that we follow your channel .. we would love to have subtitles in spanish


  • Sorry but from an engineering point of view, hyperloop is the retarded cousin of transport. It will never work, especially in the nevada desert. Too bad people with more money than sense take it seriously.

  • I wonder if this Billionaire protested the Vietnam war when America left Vietnam and 2 million people were slaughtered by Pol Pot? Ignorance is bliss, history does not forget.

  • A message to Sick Richass Braginson! Spending a few thousands on having your effin Virginmobile web site working properly and showing that you care about those who made and continue to make you richer, and cut out all the effin lies to the Prepaid customers, by telling them that by switching to a 2yrs. plan, by using their Prepaid amalgamated/up to date amount, the monthly fee will be deducted from that Prepaid amount, only to find out later, that only half of their 2 yrs. monthly fee will be deducted, and the rest will need to be paid monthly. $25 x month is less than peanuts to a greedy **** like you, but for millions of us, it's a lot of dough!! You're not going into space, no matter how many effin useless millions/billions you waste towards it, and if by chance you manage such a flight, you will perish in the …. return to hearth. Tomorrow morning, if you wake up, stand in front of a mirror and ask yourself: "Will I be alive tomorrow"? You want to FEEL ALIVE? Donate at least half of what you have to those who have a Virgin Mobile Service!! I guarantee you, you will really feel ALIVE, for once in your greedy **** life! If going into space is your wish, come see me, I'll show you how to get there. I had to have a few drinks (brandy) to gain the motivation to type this. The hangover will not be pleasant. Have a effin greedy day!
    Notice how his brain needs a re-start every 10 haaammmmm seconds!!

  • Hyper loop in Aspen valley would be brilliant. The traffic is murder 🤪
    Many thanks Chase and cheers Richard 😁🤙

  • Hi its me again…as you know I've been to the edge of space in our new virgin space craft….and I have to admit that the flat earthers are correct the earth is flat…

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