An interview with Sir Richard Branson

April 22, 2015

Okay, he’s not an an agent but Richard Branson is an agent for change and changing the game.

I’d love to tell you I scored an official invite to interview Sir Richard Branson on beautiful Necker Island in the Caribbean but I would be dreaming. Right now, the best I can do is share this awesome interview with you.

Spartan race founder Joe De Seca recently caught up with Richard on his Island hideaway and asks some great questions. As always, The chief of Virgin everything is engaging, interesting and shares some great stories about business and life. How can you not be truly inspired by this guy?

By the way, if you’re into health and fitness, I think you’ll enjoy the SpartanUp Podcast.  It’s full of interesting content. Joe is passionate about his business and his concept. I especially liked his interview with Mark Owen. Owen is a former US Navy Seal that took part in the black ops mission that killed Osama Bin Laden.

The following copy together with the video can be found at SpartanUpPodcast.com

Synopsis:

Richard Branson defies conventional wisdom on success. With Virgin Airlines – he started a thriving airline literally in an afternoon. With Virgin Cola – he took one of the most successful companies of all time head on and almost won. With Necker Island – he acquired the island first believing that the money to develop it would show up eventually, it did. A notorious adventurer, Branson is clearly, within reason, not afraid to live.
Lessons:
1. Get out of your comfort zone and go into the world and explore.
2. Push yourself beyond your limits.
3. Practice balance. Learn to trust your instincts.
4. Find fun ways to stay fit – involve your friends and family.
5. Look for the best in people. There is always something special to acknowledge in a person.
6. Forgiveness mends.
7. Expect things to be hard along the way but be sure to enjoy the sense of satisfaction from simply trying and being on the journey.

Panel Notes:

Joe De Sena: My hero. This guy has vision, class, work ethic, talent- and a charm that would knock your socks off. He let me swim to his private island and spend a day with him to learn how he “made” it in life. A super impressive business man that goes after what he wants and is not afraid of failing.

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