Business quotes

A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. I've had great fun turning quite a lot of different industries on their head and making sure those industries will never be the same again, because Virgin went in and took them on. If I was a businessman, or saw myself as a businessman, I would have never gone into the airline business. Having a personality of caring about people is important. You can't be a good leader unless you generally like people. That is how you bring out the best in them. We'd love to be involved with the creation of something very special, something quite large and something quite exciting.
Above all, you want to create something you're proud of. This has always been my philosophy of business. I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive, then I believe you are better off not doing it. As much as you need a strong personality to build a business from scratch, you also must understand the art of delegation. I have to be good at helping people run the individual businesses, and I have to be willing to step back. The company must be set up so it can continue without me. Business opportunities are like buses, there's always another one coming. I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It's done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer. For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth. But with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility. And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people, and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference. One thing is certain in business. You and everyone around you will make mistakes. To me, business isn't about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It's about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials. If you want to be a Millionaire, start with a billion dollars and launch a new airline. My philosophy is that if I have any money I invest it in new ventures and not have it sitting around. Well, I think that there's a very thin dividing line between success and failure. And I think if you start a business without financial backing, you're likely to go the wrong side of that dividing line. If you run a business, put on top your employees, than your consumers, and then your shareholders. Good brands reflect the histories of the time and the group of people that made them. They can not be copied. They can not be recycled. The time to go into a new business is when it’s badly run by others. I believe that drudgery and clock-watching are a terrible betrayal of that universal, inborn entrepreneurial spirit. At first I wasn't even allowed to register the business name because the word virgin was thought to be rude. I had to sit down and, in my best 15-year-old penmanship, write a letter to the registry office that began, "Surely the word virgin is anything but rude; it's the opposite of rude." They eventually relented. This may sound like a truism ... But it has to be said: It takes an engaged, motivated, and committed workforce to deliver a first-class product or service and build a successful, sustainable enterprise. We need a new way of doing business to get out of the present crisis... Absolute greed has come close to bankrupting the world. Thanks to the crisis that certain businesses have dumped on everyone a lot of people are going to suffer on a global scale. All of us must learn. It is all the more important that those business leaders that are left standing try to be a force for good.