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When he was just 14 years old, Richard Branson, the billionaire entrepreneur, launched his first business: Student magazine. At the time, Branson wanted to create an alternative to his school newspaper, which he thought was “stale.” In reflecting back, Branson said, “I wanted to be an editor or a journalist, I wasn’t really interested in being an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going.” Branson went on to start the Virgin empire and has launched hundreds of companies under the brand.
One of the most common reasons that most people contemplate launching their own company is because they are not in love with their work. While Branson has certainly amassed wealth throughout his life, he repeats often that his focus has always been creating new businesses that he is passionate about. Branson’s passion is to go into industries, shake them up and do things better.
Does this resonate with you? Do you want to be fully engaged in your work?
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