I recently got back from Necker Island and a private mastermind with Sir Richard Branson himself.
The amazing thing about being on Necker is that no matter how big you think you think. Meeting Branson will cause you to quadruple your dreams, goals and ambitions. That man operates at a whole different level.
So while having a one-on-one dinner with Sir Richard Branson on one of his beaches, and we got to spend over an hour talking about life, marriage, business and more, I finally got to ask him a question I’ve always wanted to ask.
“Richard, there has been so many theories about what makes you tick. I mean the 300+ companies, taking man to space, and all the other crazy epic things you do. But if YOU had to boil it down to ONE thing. Just one thing. What would your advice be?”
And this is what Branson told me. (Note that I’m paraphrasing a bit, because I did not record this.)
“It’s all about finding and hiring people smarter than you. Getting them to join your business. And giving them good work. Then getting out of their way. And trusting them. You have to get out of the way so YOU can focus on the bigger vision. That’s important. And here’s the main thing….you must make them see their work as a MISSION.”
I will leave it to you to interpret Branson’s words in your own way! Share your comments and if you enjoyed reading this insight from Branson let us know by sharing this post.
*Note: the pic of Branson was taken by me whilst Branson scribbled down ideas in his notebook during a brainstorming session.Vishen Lakhiani CEO and Co-founder of Mindvalley