52 Books In 52 Weeks 2.0: Week # 2Book #2

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Richard Branson Like a Virgin By Richard Branson

 

I am regular reader of Richard Branson’s blog so I decided to pick up one of his books to try for the challenge. ***** WARNING THIS REVIEW MAY HURT SOME CEO’S FEELINGS ESPECIALLY IF YOUR IN THE NET WORTH OF 1MILLION TO 10 MILLION BRACKET****. Per Google search it states Richard Branson’s net worth is 4.8 Billion Dollars. So obviously I want to take advice on business from a billionaire and this book delivers that.

The information that is given to the readers is for the aspiring entrepreneurs. Branson takes you on an adventure through how his views on creating a multi-billion dollar business and how he went about it without even going to business school. He definitely shows that you can work hard and still have a good time as you built your empire.

One of my favorite chapters is the one where he definitely advised where the customer is not always right. The actual chapter is called THE CUSTOMER’S IS ALWAYS RIGHT EXCEPT WHEN HE’S WRONG.

I work for a corporation and this chapter I had to read it several times because here is a man who not only is successful and had lot entrepreneurship knowledge but is what I consider the renaissance man of the business word. Yet has not harping on the like most company that customer’s always right.

Richard Branson even states in his book that he once wrote,

“Since your employees are your brand ambassadors, their needs should come before your customer’s. that doesn’t mean that your customers’ opinions aren’t important, but simply that you should not build your customer service system on the premises that your organization will never questions the whims of your clients.

After reading that section of the book, (I read it several times this week) I could not put down the book. Richard Branson explanation on business is solid and easy to understand his philosophy’s are from what I gather on the book that there is no rules set in stone that starting a business will come with its trial and errors.

In another chapter called LAUNCHING A BUSINESS FOUR COMMON MISTAKES  In this chapter he talks about the mistakes you may encounter and try to avoid.

Step One: Stay on Target

Step Two: Be realistic about costs

Step Three: Hire the people you need, not the people you like

Step Four: Know when to step down as CEO

In this chapter he even go on to explaining that asking about the mistake and making them is part of the process of being entrepreneur.

Richard Branson continues by explaining how important it is in staying in shape in a chapter called WATCHING YOUR WAISTLINE WILL HELP THE BOTTOM LINE. This chapter Richard talks about how it’s a necessity to have a healthy work life balance and include some form of exercising regimen for your overall success. He states that too often we are too busy with the success of the business that this part of your life is neglected. He states that working out helps your business and your mind.

As you can tell from the writing I am a huge fan of Richard Branson after reading this book it gave me a huge understanding of what being a entrepreneur and the work that requires to having your on business. Since my focus for 2016 is getting my business of the ground I think this book is a great tool to have in your library. Richard Branson Like a Virgin By Richard Branson is available on Amazon.

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