Throughout history there have been exceptional men who’ve inspired us by the way they lead their lives and accomplish success. This is VK Nagrani’s Badass Guys Series.
From a small chain of record stores in the early 70’s to what is now a multi-billion dollar empire, the Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson knows a thing or two about business. But more importantly, Branson knows how to take risks and follow one’s heart. We’ve looked up to Richard Branson for the sheer way he carries himself, and for the simplicity in which he approaches life.
Want to know why we at VK Nagrani think Richard Branson is badass?
1. He Thirsts for Adventure; Goes for World Records
Branson strives to be, or at least attempts, to be the best in everything. He attempted the fastest Atlantic Ocean crossing ever in his Virgin Atlantic Challenger, and upon failing, tried a second time, beating the record by two hours in his Virgin Atlantic Challenger II.
He crossed the Pacific from Japan to Arctic Canada, a 6700-mile span, in a hot air balloon with a record-breaking speed of 245 mph. He also holds the world record for the fastest English Channel crossing ever in an amphibious vehicle, shattering the previous record of six hours with a time of an hour and 40 minutes. If the above world record attempts and Branson’s penchant for hot air balloons isn’t enough to solidify his thirst for adventure, then I don’t know what is.
2. He’s a Humanitarian
Branson has his hands in all kinds of humanitarian efforts, from being the founding sponsor of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) to his involvement with the International NGO Carbon War, it’s clear Branson cares about world issues and enjoys playing a deeper part than a passive role signing gaudy checks.
Branson is also involved with the African Wildlife Foundation, the Global Zero Campaign and helps funds The Elders — a small group of leaders founded by the late Nelson Mandella — which is focused on solving the world’s difficult problems without personal bias or interest getting in the way. He even earned the United Nations Correspondents Association Citizen of the World Award!
3. His World isn’t Ruled By “No” and “Cannot”
Anyone that’s known, worked with or interviewed Richard Branson will all say what a positive person he is. For some of you reading this, a guy worth over four billion dollars may seem like a no-brainer candidate to be happy, but more money is hardly the wellspring to true happiness. Branson gets his zest for life through pretty much every area on this list: his non-stop adventuring, endless curiosity, humanitarian efforts and ability to always live in the moment.
4. He’s Endlessly Curious and Engaged
Being curious is the secret to success. If you’re curious, you will undoubtedly innovate or improve upon things, either at your current workplace or in your own endeavor. Branson’s a self-proclaimed huge non-fiction reader, which is where he gets much of his inspiration for his own life. He also lives in the moment. When we’re engaged in life and not longing for the past or present, we can move forward with a quenchless desire to learn, experience, love, achieve our dreams and be fulfilled. Mr. Branson certainly has it right.
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