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Recent and archived articles by Richard Branson

19 Dec 2016 | 7:00 AM

Balance has its benefits

All work and no play, makes you a tired and maybe jaded entrepreneur. Learn to prioritise what you are most passionate about and pencil down-time into your schedule. Remember, it’s important to stop and smell the roses too.

12 Dec 2016 | 7:00 AM

Start local and start strong

To succeed in new markets, you need international know-how that aligns with the core common purpose that distinguishes your company from the rest.

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5 Dec 2016 | 7:00 AM

There is hope amid change

For the US post-election, much work is ahead on improving gender balance and drug policy reforms.

28 Nov 2016 | 7:00 AM

Raising little entrepreneurs

Start them young and encourage them to work towards life goals rather than paper achievements.

Young entrepreneurs working at the Impact Hub Athens, a company aimed at promoting social and community entrepreneurship. — AFP
21 Nov 2016 | 7:00 AM

Inevitable, essential failure

Failure is an inevitable and perhaps essential part of entrepreneurship. Even very successful people have had their share of failed ventures. The key thing is to learn when you’ve fallen, and that’s how you move on to success.

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7 Nov 2016 | 7:00 AM

Preparing to succeed

Education isn’t the only path to success for young people — entrepreneurship is an equally viable alternative. If you have the passion and disposition for it, then it’s time to get started and make your dream come true.

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31 Oct 2016 | 7:00 AM

Dealing with naysayers

While some criticism of your business idea may be constructive, some are just destructive. Surround yourself with people who believe in you. But remember: ultimately, the one person who needs to wholeheartedly believe in your idea is you.

24 Oct 2016 | 7:00 AM

The need for true grit

To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be highly motivated. Starting a company requires you to give everything you’ve got every day. Fortunately, this quality is not just an innate thing, but a skill you can learn.

17 Oct 2016 | 7:00 AM

The draw of entepreneurship

Many entrepreneurs work for other people before they launch their own business. That’s normal, but make sure you choose the right employer in an industry that interests you and where the work culture offers freedom and responsibility.

Its not unusual for budding entrepreneurs to work with established companies before moving on to launch their own businesses — 123rf.com
10 Oct 2016 | 7:00 AM

You’re never too old

Age is not important in entrepreneurship. What’s more important is the enthusiasm and motivation to go out there, learn and make a go of it. And if it’s an area where work feels like play, you’re likely to be on the right track.