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Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons In Life (Quick Reads) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Branson
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Book Description

Throughout my life I have achieved many remarkable things. In Screw It, Let's Do It, I will share with you my ideas and the secrets of my success, but not simply because I hope they'll help you achieve your individual goals.

Today we are increasingly aware of the effects of our actions on the environment, and I strongly believe that we each have a responsibility, as individuals and organisations, to do no harm. I will draw on Gaia Capitalism to explain why we need to take stock of how we may be damaging the environment, and why it is up to big companies like Virgin to lead the way in a more holistic approach to business.

In Screw It, Let's Do It I'll be looking forwards to the future. A lot has changed since I founded Virgin in 1968, and I'll explain how I intend to take my business and my ideas to the next level and the new and exciting areas - such as launching Virgin Fuels - into which Virgin is currently moving.

But I have also brought together all the important lessons, good advice and inspirational adages that have helped me along the road to success.

Ironically, I have never been one to do things by the book, but I have been inspired and influenced by many remarkable people. I hope that you too might find a little inspiration between these pages.

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About the Author

Sir Richard Branson is a hugely successful international entrepreneur, icon, and chairman of the Virgin Group. His autobiography Losing My Virginity has been a number one international bestseller.

Product Details

  • File Size: 210 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0753510995
  • Publisher: Virgin Digital; Quick Reads edition edition (August 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005F3GK92
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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106 of 108 people found the following review helpful
I started with Branson's first book, "Losing My Virginity", and was absolutely hooked. That book is compelling, insightful, exciting, inspirational, and well-written. "Screw it, Let's Do It" on the other hand, is none of those things, and feels like a cheap re-hashing of "Losing My Virginity", but without any of the real substance. The writing is poor (leading me to wonder if Branson had a lot of help in writing "Losing My Virginity") and he rushes through anecdotes that he explains in detail in "Losing My Virginity". The whole book feels very cursory and surface-deep, and doesn't do justice to Branson's incredible persona. Don't waste your time, get "Losing My Virginity" instead.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Richard's Wonderful Philosophy January 2, 2007
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Richard Branson made his fortune because he's a shrewd business person, and also because he's been lucky at times. He's successful, however, because of his personality and attitude -- his personal philosophy -- and that's what this book is about. There is nothing earth shattering in his philosophy, except perhaps that it takes an extraordinary person to truly live up to it.

I don't think that Branson was looking to make money on the book, but rather to share some ideas that, for good reason, he truly believes in. He's not one to overcomplicate things, and in this case shorter is better. He keeps it simple because to him it is simple. As other reviewers have noted, it's a small book and it can be read in one sitting. It seems like it was dictated and indeed could benefit from some editing, but perhaps that's what makes the book real and is part of its charm. If you're looking for more then buy his book "Losing My Virginity" which contains some details about his various ventures. Otherwise, Screw It, it's a good read so just buy the book.

Steven K. Gold
Author, Entrepreneur's Notebook: Practical Advice for Starting a New Business Venture
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book July 11, 2006
Definitely one of the more useful motivational books I've read. Sir Richard talks about having fun, being bold, challenging yourself, standing on your own feet, valuing the family and doing good.

Without being preachy, Sir Richard pulls out stories from his life to illustrate some of his beliefs, principles and practices. Not having read his other books, I'm quite astounded by some of his life experiences, especially his harrowing escapes from a faulty flying machine and his role in Iraq where he helped secure the release of British hostages.

Short, sweet and simple, it's an excellent read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Branson condensed! November 2, 2006
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Screw It, Let's Do It is a great, quick read.

I bought this book at my departing airport on a recent trip abroad, and it was a great read on the plane.

The chapters are all fairly short and Branson moves through his life from early childhood to business mogul at a rapid pace. He does a good job illustrating his business lessons through his own experiences.

His lessons are fairly simple: know what you want, work hard at it, don't give up until you get it... all stuff that we claim to already know, but so seldom apply to our own lives.

The most important point that I took from the book is the notion that his success is available to anybody who is willing to put in the same amount of work as he clearly did.

After this book I was hooked on Branson and needed to know more. So I bought his earlier book Losing My Virginity, which is a far more detailed story of his life.

This man is just amazing! I highly recommend this book!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIVE LIFE TO THE FULL ! April 22, 2008
I have read hundreds of business biographies, how-to-do and business books. This is one of the best and I recommend it, because it inspired me like no other business book. The most interesting suggestions are:
- Have fun, work hard and money will come.
- When it's not fun, move on.
- Be bold, aim high.
- Try new things, always try.
- Challenge yourself.
- Money is for making things happen.
- Always think what you can do to help.
My preferite is:"Live life to the full". I recommend this book to every busines student, worker and manager, to reconnect their humanity with their business role.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous! But you should buy and read his others March 30, 2008
I read the author's "Losing My Virginity" in 2005, rated it a five star with the title "Entertaining, fun, motivatonal, inspiring, simply irresistable!" In fact, I described it as the best biography in my Listmania List. Though I did know this one is just a short update to that, I couldnt help but read it, and still found it very fascinating. Upon writing this review, I just found that there is an 256 page Expanded Edition which is double the size of this. I strongly recommend any potential reader to buy either "Losing My Virginity" or the "Expanded Edition" (which explains the four star here). You will thank me for that.

p.s. Below please find some of my favorite passages for your reference.

A journey of a thousand miles starts with that first step. If you look ahead to th end, and all the weary miles between, with all the dangers you might face, you might never take that first step. And whatever it is you want to achieve in life, if you dont make the effort, you wont reach your goal. So take that first step. There will be many challenges. You might get knocked back - but in the end, you will make it. Good luck!

As soon as something stops being fun, I think it's time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live. pg 22

If you do still have to work for a boss at a job you dont like, as almost everyone does at some point, dont moan about it. Have a positive outlook on life and just get on with it. Work hard and earn your pay. Enjoy the people you come into contact with through your job. And if you are still unhappy, make it instead your goal to divide your private life from your work life. Have fun in your own time, you will feel happier and you'll enjoy your life and your job more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read, some good stories and a few nuggets of wisdom.
Nice little book. Quick read, some good stories and a few nuggets of wisdom. First book I've read from/about Richard Branson and planning on reading others.
Published 5 days ago by HBJoe
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, but Not Great Either
Some cool tid-bits, but nothing life changing.
Published 10 days ago by Christopher Laub
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Found it interesting
Published 1 month ago by Fiona Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!! Brilliant. Superb.
Fantastic description of a marvelous journey. Chock full of wit and wisdom. Cheers Sir Richard!! Thank you for your bravery and wisdom.
Published 1 month ago by Chad B Wickland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great easy to read book
Very fast and easy to read and understand. People looking for inspiration in personal development. The book was recommend it to me
Published 1 month ago by Marcela
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok.
Lots of interesting stories. Good examples on life in general. But I think it was written in very simple language. To the point it almost seemed like a children's book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nick R.
5.0 out of 5 stars short but great.
Mr. Brandon is a thug. He does not best around the bush in this book. He is transparent, to the point, and focused. I loved this book it was very inspiring.
Published 1 month ago by easypeasygreen
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Read It
Entertaining and interesting, Richard Branson shares many of his life's lessons learned from experiment and adventure. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J MacB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Entertaining read and look forward to more.
Published 2 months ago by ChimChim
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly simple to read...
It's short, it's crisp, and it makes sense! One can even make notes from the book, and simply remind himself to follow those!

I am so sure I will read this again soon!
Published 2 months ago by Prashant Bhardwaj
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