BeeOasis Step 3
In 1966, Richard was 16 years old. He was a student, but he was annoyed with the way he was taught in school. He wanted to change his world, and he was going to do something about it. He resolved to publish a magazine that was for students and supervised by students. At the time, the idea was unique and distinctive. He named the magazine Student. He sold $8,000 worth of advertising for the first edition. He printed 50,000 copies, and he could give them away for free because his expenses were already guaranteed by the advertising.
In 1972, when he was 22 years old, Richard established another business. He opened up a chain of record stores, and he called them Virgin Records. Eventually, the company started signing and producing artists under the Virgin label. And what did Richard do? He just kept doing business. In 1984, he founded Virgin Atlantic Airways, and in 1999, he established Virgin Mobile telephone service. By 2010, his Virgin brand encompassed over 200 companies. Today, Sir Richard Branson is one of the wealthiest and most prominent businessmen in the world.
But Richard Branson is more than just an entrepreneur. He’s an adventurer and idealist. For Branson, business is for pleasure, sport, and play. We can comprehend this most clearly in his company Virgin Galactic. This company will take vacationers to space. You can book your ticket to space for $200,000, including a $20,000 deposit. This is a high fee for a quick vacation, but Branson is making it possible for regular people to do something that was inconceivable until now.
Richard Branson is a greatly admired businessman, but his story is not just about wealth and enterprise. It’s about transforming the world. It’s about trying and trying until you attain your goals. It’s about doing what you love. It’s about taking chances and risks. It’s about believing you can do it, even if others disagree. And it’s about going as far as your dreams can take you.