We all know the zany, brave entrepreneurs worldwide that get massive global respect, and Richard Branson certainly falls into that category.
More recently, the well admired Richard Branson started publishing a newsletter on LinkedIn that is both educational and inspiring for business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide.
Living on his own island in the Caribbean near Saint Thomas, Richard has always had his fair share on business success. From his airline’s to space quests, his vision inspires many on a global level.
He recently took the first commercial space tour around the earth, more about that here.
I wanted to share his most recent newsletter pulled from LinkedIn that may help inspire you too.
This Ask Richard question is, how do you overcome doubt when chasing your dreams?
Richard Branson addresses this question in his statement below.
Thank you to Kamilk Wszolek for reaching out with such a relatable question. This is a topic I feel very strongly about, as it is something we will all come up against at different points in our lives.
Suzy Kassem says that, “doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” I first heard these words a few years ago and they have stuck with me ever since.
What I’ve learnt throughout my life is that every success is built upon a thousand failures (or ‘opportunities to learn’, as I like to think of them). Whenever doubt creeps in, I remind myself that dreams aren’t linear. I also think of all the brilliant innovations and discoveries that would have come to nothing if their inventors had given in to their doubts. I’m sure everyone from Thomas Edison to Gertrude Stein doubted their dreams from time-to-time, but the difference is they didn’t let it knock them off-course.
It’s always a good idea to discuss any doubt you have with colleagues and friends, and to really listen to their feedback. If you feel more confident after these conversations, take a ‘screw it, let do it’ attitude and push your doubts to the side.
It’s also healthy and perfectly human to have a little bit of doubt. It’s how we make progress and stay in touch with reality. Your doubts may signal a niggling problem that needs to be addressed. If you demand proof from your doubt, you’ll be able to either squash it or solve the problem. Either way your dreams and ideas will be better for it.
The day after we launched Virgin Atlantic, the bank manager came to my house and threatened to shut us down. I managed to get him out of the door and brought my team together to find a solution. It was a very sweaty moment, but I didn’t let doubt creep in and we quickly fixed the issue.
If things really start to get you down, my advice would be to step outside, get some fresh air, and have a cup of tea. Whenever doubt starts to get the better of me, I find exercise really helps. I’ll get on my bike, play some tennis or have some downtime with my family. This is often when my best ideas come to me as well!
Thank you for sharing such a meaningful question Kamil, and I really hope this helps you chase your dreams.
Until next month,
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