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Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography Kindle Edition
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I was hoping to read more about business and personal, and less about activism.
He's also a bit blind to his own biases - maybe I expected too much introspection (of him) in 20 years since the first book.
Now he balances narcissist and ultra-rich, tempering it with how he cries and thanks that his kids have such opportunities.
Richard Branson is known as a serial entrepreneur, explorer, and storyteller. In a little over 400 pages he shares his passions and dreams from entertainment to space travel. Sir Richard Branson engages us in the story of his second auto-biography with grace and class. With over 13 million followers on LinkedIn, he is ranked higher than Bill Gates. The story of Finding the Virgins tells us why.
The New Autobiography, Finding My Virginity is a must read for any person interested in entrepreneurship. The self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur lives and loves to build businesses. His secret is understanding pain and an extra-ordinary ability to surround himself with talent that can execute solutions to a broad vision of problem solving. Branson credits part of his creativity to dyslexia, which enabled him to literally “see things differently”. While he enjoys the game of "seek and find" of new virgins (ventures), he is less interested in the process of operations.
Finding my Virginity is not a manifesto on the businesses of Branson, it is a detailed unfolding of how one man changed his life and the lives of people across the globe. Its an amazing story, one which started as a student and now 5 decades later has diversified from entertainment to space travel. In his personal life he shares the inspirations of his parents; the loves of his life; the parenting of his children; and the reconciliation of elder age with four grandchildren. His passion for life and learning is evident page after page, however to-date, his daughter is the only Branson who earned a college degree. Branson’s success causes us to pause and assess the training of entrepreneurs. What is the opportunity cost of educating versus entrepreneurship training?
Much of Branson’s time and philanthropic investments are channeled to increase and improve youth entrepreneurship in Europe, the Caribbean and Africa. Last year we visited the Branson Center in Jamaica where many island entrepreneurs are supported via a network of technological and other resource systems.
You must read the book to find out how many Virgins there are in the brand but what is consistent is their core values. In searching for a single quote that resonates in the soul of why one should be interested in the entrepreneurial journey; I found this one to be worthy,
“Economies will rise and fall upon the creativity and ingenuity of entrepreneurs, and big companies and governments are beginning to realize that start-ups are the job creators of the future . . . I’ve said it before but there really has never been a better time to start a business.”
This one has some entertaining anecdotes but isn’t particularly well written and it’s a bit self indulgent at times. That said, it feels like it’s truly his voice and i still take a couple pearls from and a reminder to focus on your passions and to take risks. You only get one ride.