3 Surprising Facts About Success from Richard Branson

//3 Surprising Facts About Success from Richard Branson

3 Surprising Facts About Success from Richard Branson

Building and sustaining a profitable business is challenging regardless of the industry you’re in. Yet there are plenty of entrepreneurs who have succeeded and can serve as inspiration. Let’s consider the ventures of Richard Branson. After dropping out of high school, he went on to build eight separate billion-dollar companies across several different industries. Here are three surprising facts about success from Richard Branson.

1. Success Doesn’t Always Require a Degree

Too many people automatically assume that they will need to have a bachelors, masters, or doctorate to have any real chance of professional success. Richard Branson is just one of the many successful entrepreneurs in the world who proved you don’t always need to follow convention when starting a business. Granted, there are plenty of professions where a formal education is needed. But there are also many careers out there that don’t. In fact, that’s just one of the advantages associated with construction careers. While many roles in construction do require a degree, there are numerous opportunities available for young people to start work right out of high school and start earning a good living right away rather than accumulating debt for a college degree. Plus, there will always be some secrets that you can’t learn in business school. Richard Branson stresses the importance of making your own path instead of following others. He attributes much of his triumphs to taking risks, breaking some rules, and learning from his past failures.

2. Successful Companies Share “We” Cultures

Companies that maintain an “us vs. them” environment aren’t going to communicate well or work together toward the same goals. A good indicator of a solid team environment is when employees refer to themselves as “we” instead of “us.” Branson notes the importance of this type of work culture, and why any tension between employees and management needs to be addressed head on. Likewise, good construction leadership should encourage employees to openly express themselves and make important decisions.

3. Effective Communication is Still the Key to Success

Good listening skills are needed to succeed according to Branson. In addition to considering the opinions of others, you have to learn how to truly listen to yourself. From the news to social media, there are so many outside influences on a daily basis. Although it’s perfectly acceptable to ask trusted friends or family members for guidance along the way, you have to rely on your inner voice to make the most important decisions in your life.


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By | 2020-02-13T09:17:11-05:00 February 13th, 2020|Construction Blog|

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The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group

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