Billionaire Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, credits his success to the to-do lists he writes. Branson says, “I live my life by writing [them].”
He has routinely written down his goals ever since he was a boy. Recently, Branson found a to-do list he wrote from his 1972 diary and posted it to his blog. He was 22-years-old when he jotted these goals down.
The list reads:
1. Learn to fly
2. Look after me, you, boat
3. Entertain everybody with me
4. Invite nice people back
5. Start getting the small house together at The Manor
6. Start buying odds and sods for The Manor
7. Work with me on projects/sort me out
8. More shops to be found
Branson accomplished number 1 on the list by learning how to fly a hot air balloon. He also tackled number 8 by founding and opening more Virgin Records shops; thirteen to be exact.
A year after writing number 5 on the list, him and his co-founder launched the Virgin Records label from The Manor, the Oxford, U.K. house, which he utilized as a recording studio. There, they released an album, Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells,” whose title song was the theme music to the movie “The Exorcist.” This made Virgin its first whopping $1 million.
According to Reuters, in 1992, Branson sold the label for $1 billion to EMI.
Branson is one of the best businessmen in the world, as he has been accredited for creating hundreds of other businesses under his brand. A few being of these businesses include Virgin Airlines, Virgin Cola, financial services company Virgin Money, and Virgin Cinemas.
On top of all that, according to his company’s website, he’s founded eight billion-dollar companies in eight different sectors.
Branson, who has an estimated net worth of $5 billion, says, “It’s fun taking a walk down memory lane, and seeing how far we’ve come and what we’ve achieved. Take a look at one of your old diaries. Have you achieved a lofty goal that you wrote down?”
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