- Author Richard Branson
Richard Branson takes you through some very important lessons that will teach you what you need to be successful, whether it be in a particular project, in business, or just in life. He uses a real life example to illustrate each point he is trying to make, such as the time he flew a balloon across the Atlantic. What went wrong? Did they make it? Obviously, I am not going to spoil it for you. It is not really a biography, as the true stories are just there to emphasise the lesson Branson is trying to get across, and therefore, he skims the details and does’t really let you get inside his head. But, like I told someone who complained about this point, he has an actual biography for that.
Richard Branson is the writer and the main hero of each story. The actual book, however, is aimed at you. Making you a better person and making you think about what you really want from life and how best to get it. The stories illustrate just how innovative and successful Richard Branson has been in his life and his business. Although you can’t help but feel a little bit envious about his wealth and success (okay, a LOT envious), it really does appear that it couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke. There isn’t a time when he seems patronising or condescending. At every single opportunity, the book is encouraging and you really feel that Branson wants you to do well.
The book is a Quick Read, so the writing is big and it didn’t take me long to read it. It did leave me wanting more, which means that the way Branson writes is interesting and illuminating. I feel like I might go out and pick up his biography now. Each section starts with a few short, and to the point, motivational sentences that lead into the chapter. If you only take away these few sentences from this book, it will be a half hour well spent.