Book review: Like a Virgin (Richard Branson)

Title: Like a Virgin

Author: Richard Branson

Publisher: Portfolio / Penguin


In this book, Richard Branson shares his views and thoughts on a wide range of topics such as entrepreneurship, renewable energy, employee empowerment, leadership, starting a new venture, marketing strategies and so on. He gives very sound and practical advice, drawing lessons mainly from his personal experience and his company, such as how his early venture during his schooldays in selling Christmas trees failed miserably but that did not stop him from further ventures that eventually led to the founding of Virgin.


Within those pages there is also a tinge of humour, such as when asked to suggest an actor to play his character in a movie about him, his choice was Robert Pattinson from Twilight. Richard Branson uses around 4 pages for a topic thus making it a very easy read. Moreover the tone he uses is informal, like a conversation rather than a lecture. This is certainly not the typical manual or textbook on setting up a business.


“There’s nothing wrong with making mistakes as long as you don’t make the same ones over and over again. Conduct a thorough postmortem and use the findings to your advantage to make sure you get it right the next time around.” Richard Branson



PS: I borrowed this book from the library. I have not received any form of compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the publisher or author mentioned in the post.


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