Richard Branson Secrets to Success

Richard Branson Secrets to Success

What are the secrets to success and what are Sir Richard Branson’s secrets to success?

Richard-BransonCreative, Status Quo Disruptor, Analytical, Logical, Innovative, Free Thinking and Visionary would be some of the qualities I would use to describe Richard Branson from afar. For a sometime now I have been following his article posting on various subjects online including the qualities needed to become a successful entrepreneur. The question is how do we teach and pass on these traits to everyone in all industries especially Business and Politics so that we can effectively create a better world for everyone?

On a closer look I also find that he is already doing something about that with some new not-for-profit initiatives such as The Elders, Carbon War Room, Center for Disease Control and Start-Up Loans. In view of Richard becoming the first LinkedIn member to reach the 1-Million-Follower mark, he is certainly an entrepreneur worth emulating.

Do you want to know what his secret to success is? Watch the video to hear his candid answers to some pertinent question from his followers on LinkedIn where he explains his secrets to success.

Richard Branson Explains His Secrets to Success – LinkedIn Exclusive


In his latest autobiographic book aptly titled “Screw It, Let’s Do It” in reference to one of his favourite sayings he reveals the lessons that have helped him through his business and personal life. Lessons like believing it can be done and that if others disagree with you, try and try again until you achieve your goal and that you must love what you do. These and other lessons, with examples of how he learned them and how he’s used them, are included in this stirring and candid look at his lessons from an exceptional life, which will inspire you to make a difference in your everyday life.

Some challenging and disruptive quotes from Richard Branson

“To be successful, you have to be out there, you have to hit the ground running, and if you have a good team around you and more than a fair share of luck, you might make something happen. But you certainly can’t guarantee it just by following someone else’s formula.”

“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”

“First of all, if you’re setting up a new company, you want to try to find a brand that can work on a global basis.”

“I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive, then I believe you are better off not doing it.”

“Business opportunities are like buses, there`s always another one coming.”

“People have to decide on priorities if they want to get anywhere. The best lessons I learned was to just do it.”

“However tight things are, you still need to have the big picture at the forefront of your mind.”

“I think a lot of becoming an entrepreneur is something which people have to learn just from getting out there and giving it a go, and having to learn the art of survival.”

“You shouldn’t blindly accept a leader’s advice.  You’ve got to question leaders on occasions.”

“Once again, I was the captain of my ship and master of my fate.  I believe in myself. I believe in the hands that work, in the brains that think, and in the hearts that love.”Screw It Lets Do It by Richard Branson

“Life is a helluva lot more fun if you say yes rather than no.”

“I know enough to know that no man is an island.”

“Having a personality of caring about people is important. You can’t be a good leader unless you generally like people. That is how you bring out the best in them.”

“Look, if you can indulge in your passion, life will be far more interesting than if you’re just working.  You’ll work harder at it, and you’ll know more about it. But first you must go out and educate yourself on whatever it is that you’ve decided to do – know more about kite-surfing than anyone else. That’s where the work comes in. But if you’re doing things you’re passionate about, that will come naturally.”

Now, what was your question to me again? Yes, how am I going to positively change our world?

For now I am changing my world by taking a cue from Richard Branson’s secrets to success. By emulating some of the good qualities mentioned above I am starting my own positive contribution by publishing my forthcoming first book. Sign up and download the first chapter of my story book and then check out the rest of the website for more information. I would also appreciate it if you can let me know what you think of the storybook except and the information on this website in your comment below.

If you have been influenced by Sir Richard Branson’s entrepreneurial spirit and way of life then please feel free to share it with us. Let us know how you are positively changing our world in your own little way.

Photo : Richard Branson

My Dreams and Goals for the New Year 2013

My Dreams and Goals for the New Year 2013

Dreams and Goals

My dreams and goals for the New Year 2013 would be the culmination of those I had in 2012. Last year my dreams and goals were many, some were achieved, some were not and others have been moved forward to the New Year 2013. What does that mean?

2012 was a very good year for me. Thank YOU for the role you played in it and I wish you a very happy, fun filled, prosperous New Year 2013.

Last year was the year of preparation and the achievement of smaller goals. All these smaller goals such as getting the copy editing, illustrations, business formation and websites done among other things invariably lead to the achievement of the bigger goals. My 2013 is going to be a more fulfilling year as I am looking forward to publishing my first storybook in the New Year. The publication of my book will be the realisation of a set number of aspirations, dreams and goals that were envisioned in the last year and many years before that.

Everybody has dreams and things that they would like to achieve during their lifetime here on Earth. The problem has not always been whether individuals have dreams and goals; the problem has always been the timely acquisition of the knowledge and knowing the path to achieving and realising those dreams and goals.

What are your dreams and goals for the New Year 2013? Would you like to change jobs, get a job, go to college, travel, start a family, find that special someone, climb a mountain, establish your own income generating business venture, re-access who you truly are or complete your book? The list can consist of only one or an endless number of dreams and goals. Given the societal constraints we live in today you may not be able to achieve all of them but you can and will certainly realise some of them whether you write them down or not. However, intentionally knowing your dreams and goals and pursuing them are fundamental to realising them.

In the short history of mankind we have observed that some people have gone about this most important personal lifetime work in a most drastic and unhealthy way thereby creating the wrong precedents and legacies for future generations. Other people and groups have gone about realising their dreams and goals in a more wholesome and healthy fashion that has also left a good precedent for others to follow. My dream and goal would be to follow the later.

As I chart my path to achieving my dreams and goals in the New Year I would be looking at how I can do this in the most humane and rewarding manner considering the societal norms and expectations that has been created. In my time of despair I would take a leaf from these wise sayings from some achievers who have gone before me.

As we light a path for others, we naturally light our own way.

Find your balance and stand with it. Find your song and sing it out. Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance. Find the questions that only you know how to ask and the answers that you are content to not know.

Ask today as you consider the many choices in your view, what is the highest and best use of your talents, skills and abilities? When you answer that, seize the opportunity to sharpen those qualities even more sharply by applying your focused effort.

Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.

– Mary Anne Radmacher


The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace? Manage conflict?

– Max De Pree


I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.

– Johannes Kepler


Wooden Step Up StairsYou don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.

My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, ‘Oh God, I’ve got to do this today.

For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth. But with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility. And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people, and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference.

– Richard Branson

What’s yours dreams and goals for the New Year 2013?

Merry Christmas to All!

Merry Christmas to All!


Merry Christmas to All

May the light of Christ shine through every fence and shadow in your life.
May your mind be as sharp as a double-edge sword.
May your thoughts flow like a fresh water stream.
May your ideas bubble up and overflow like a geyser.
May your fingers be nimble while writing.
May your inspiration never fade nor your forsake you.
May your book be a #1 best seller.

Merry Christmas 2012


A Happy Prosperous New Year 2013!

7 Ways to Know You Have Got the Writing Bug in You

7 Ways to Know You Have Got the Writing Bug in You


Old Letters And Quill

How do you know you have got the writing bug in you if you are an aspiring or budding writer and newbie author? When do you know whether you can write and most importantly, how do you know what to write about?  Do writers have two heads or are writers born to write? Or do they just learn to write as they go about their daily lives? See if you have experienced any of these phenomena below that will show you 7 ways to know you have got the writing bug in you.


Writing Bug #1 – You are always dreaming and thinking of writing a #1 bestselling book

You know you have got the writing bug in you if you find yourself in the toilet taking a break and all you can think of is seeing your book at the number one spot in the New York Times Best Sellers List. You can’t help yourself with this train of thought. You find yourself getting a tingle every time these thoughts run across your mind. If you find yourself immediately thinking of that manuscript you have started but unable to finish, then you have the writing bug in you. You must go and pull the manuscript out and start writing again. The only way to get into that bestseller list is to keep writing, finish it and have it published. Then start a new writing project all over again. Have faith in your writing until one day you will find that your book is in the New York Times Bestseller Lists.


Writing Bug #2 – You find yourself always doodling on cafe napkins

You are sitting at O’Briens Cafe with a Bacon & Brie Melt toasted shambo with the best Arabica coffee to chase it down in front of you. Instead of eating, you find yourself asking the waitress for her eyeliner pencil to use in writing down a magnificent idea that just came into your mind. What you should do next time is to punch your idea into your mobile phone as a text message then send it to yourself, carry a diary/notebook or a small bunch of sticky notes with you. This will prevent you from losing your napkins and thus your ideas.


Writing Bug #3 – You keep an up-to-date personal diary for no reason

You are one of those who give their diary a human name. Yes, you treat your diary like she is your SBF – Secret Best Friend – and you write in first person. You record every detail of every single thing you do every day. But you dread showing it to anybody for fear that they may laugh at you and call you uncool. But you still like writing about every single thing you do because, if Sarah Jessica Parker of Sex and the City of the American television comedy-drama series can do it, you can too. Good. Writing about the events in your life – however mundane they may be – is actually a feel-good and wise thing to do. After all, everybody including you has a story to tell. What you should do is start recording all of your musings in a manuscript format. This could be your first memoir in ten years time. After all, some people have become famous just from publishing the stories of the boring events in their life.


Writing Bug #4 – You are always day-dreaming of being a famous published writer and author

You like to be known and be the centre of attention. In fact, you crave it, you see the very popular author J.K. Rowling of the Harry Potter books and films or the latest raunchy author E. L. James of the Fifty Shades of Grey fame and you wish you could flick a wand and switch places with either of them immediately. You find yourself browsing the latest book by Stephen King on the bookshelf at Easons and thinking how that could be your published book. In fact, day-dreaming has to be the number one qualifying factor for being a writer, especially if you are going to write fiction. In order to write fiction or something that is neither true nor real, you have to practically dream it up. You should know that there is nothing wrong with your day-dreaming as long as you don’t forget to write down everything you dream up. You never know but one of your dreamt-up fables could turn out to be the next bestseller. So pick up that pen and paper now and start writing.


Writing Bug #5 – You have loads of ideas but you don’t know what to do with them

You just can’t help it. Ideas seem to be pouring out of every crevice in your body. If you feel a sense of euphoria whenever a thought crosses your mind, then you have the writer’s bug. If you find yourself laughing for no reason while taking a crap, then you know you have the writer’s bug. If you find yourself analysing and conjuring up a lifestyle picture of everybody you pass by while walking down Patrick’s Street in Cork, then you have the writing bug. Write down all of the ideas that come into your mind without analysing them for their merit at first. Later on, after a few days, go back to them and read through them again to see which ones are good enough to convert into a fully-fledged story.


Lady Writing on Paper photo

Writing Bug #6 – After reading a book you think you can do a better job than the author

You find yourself nit-picking the use of grammar by the writer. You find yourself noticing the spelling errors in the book or article you are reading, even though one or two professional copy editors are supposed to have corrected the book. As you read the book, you can’t help yourself thinking ahead of what the next scene on the next page would be. You turn to the next page and you find that you are right. You have just barely managed to read half of a book which has been getting a rave review. However you find yourself rolling your eyes at the ceiling wondering what the feck other people found interesting about it. While reading a book you find yourself coming up with an entirely different scenario for the characters. What you should do is go with the flow and write these ideas down and they could form the basis for an entirely new storyline for your own book.


Writing Bug #7 – You find yourself standing by the fridge eating two pots of Strawberry Crumble at 4am

You have been up all night typing away at your computer or doing it the old-fashioned way – hand writing in your blue-lined notebook. Before you know it, you are feeling famished and you walk to the fridge to find the only good food left to eat at such odd time of the night is two pots of Strawberry Crumble. You surely have got the writing bug when you suddenly look up at the clock and realise it is four in the morning. At the same time, you realise that in three hours’ time you will have to take your kids to school or head off to work. Even though you have been deprived off your beauty sleep, you feel euphoric with an inner awareness that this sacrifice is a good thing and that the pay-off in future will be worth it. Yes, it will be worth it when you write and publish your book and it turns out to be a bestseller.

Let me know if you or somebody you know has got the writing bug. How are you managing to express or deal with these writing bugs in you?

Don’t give up…..ever!

Don’t give up…..ever!


The road to and from the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

One day I decided to quit…

 I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality… I wanted to quit my life.

 I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.

 “God,” I asked, “Can you give me one good reason not to quit?”

 His answer surprised me…

 “Look around,” He said, “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”

 “Yes,” I replied.

“When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them.

 I gave them light.

 I gave them water.

The fern quickly grew from the earth.

 Its brilliant green covered the floor.

 Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.

In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful.

And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.” He said.

 “In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. I would not quit.” He said.

“Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant…

But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent the five years growing roots.

Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.”

 He asked me. “Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots?”

 “I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you.”

 “Don’t compare yourself to others,” He said.

“The bamboo had a different Purpose than the fern. Yet You both make the forest beautiful.”

 “Your time will come,” God said to me, “You will rise high!”

 “How high should I rise?” I asked.

 “How high will the bamboo rise?” He asked in return.

 “As high as it can?” I questioned.

 “Yes,” He said, “Give me glory by rising as high as you can.”

 I left the forest and brought back this story.

I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you.

– Author unknown


The life of a writer is truly illustrated in the story above.

Unlike other professions and disciplines, most if not all writers are lonesome people.

You work in isolation, engrossed in a world of your own imagination pounding away on your desktop computer or laptop into the small hours of the night.

Your unvoiced hope and dream is that you will be inspired to write a story that would become a bestseller one day.

You have no idea how your writing will be perceived by the reader. However, as a true writer you are not overly worried about external criticisms.

The hardest critic of any work is the creator, so bring it on you say to the cranky critic while at the same time awaiting with bathed breathe any little piece of good news that your work is at par with the old masters.

Least of as a book writer you have no notion if you will be able to make a good enough living from your works.

But as a writer you must continue to write because you enjoy it and the process makes you happy.

At first your writings may not be bringing in as much financial profit as you may have envisaged or wished for but you must keep at it. Don’t give up…..ever!

Because writing is one of a handful of professions where it’s resultant gratification in monetary compensation maybe a long time coming.

One day you will wake up and realise that while you were waiting to write that number one bestselling book you have been growing in your writing skills.

Your ability and ease to write have been improving from one newspaper article, blog post, book chapter and one book title to another.

And just like the Bamboo grows into a great plant overtime you will also grow in time into a great and successful writer.

Naturally, if you persevere a day will come when one of your works will hit the jackpot.

So, never, never, never ever give up. Don’t give up…..ever!

The Carrick-a-Rede Rope BridgFor the true writer’s prayer is not an option but an opportunity. There are only a few people who are able to delve into the subconscious and then express their gleamed insight in words.

Therefore, when that day of despair does come when you are faced with the proverbial writer’s block or any other problem.

Don’t tell the Lord how big the problem is; instead tell the problem how Great the Lord is!

Keep pounding away on the keyboard one word after the other. Don’t stop for anything – except maybe a walk in the forest or park for another talk with God.

Therefore, you must never give up on yourself or your writing! Don’t give up…..ever!

Have you ever contemplated quitting too? How have you been able to encourage yourself to keep writing? What has kept you going?

Go forth and be Great!

Yes The Turtle’s Shell Fundraising Project Has Gone Live

Yes The Turtle’s Shell Fundraising Project Has Gone Live

Wow, I am so excited today to see that my children’s book: The Turtle’s Shell Fundraising Project Has Gone Live at Fund It. The project will run for 35 days. Today, Saturday 20 October 2012 is the third day of it going live. The criteria for the funding of any project is that the project must be able to raise its entire projected amount within the specified time period else the project creator does not get any fund and the funders are never billed.

Fund It is a new crowdfunding platform to help raise money for creative ideas and projects from Ireland.


All or Nothing funding?

Every Fund It project or idea must reach or exceed its target amount before the time expires, otherwise the project does not receive funding and Funders do not get charged. If people want to see an idea brought to life, they will help make it happen.

How can I fund a project?

Anyone who registers with, anywhere in the world, can fund projects. All they need to have is a credit/charge card which can be used securely on the website. Your support for a project can be made public or anonymously.

The-Turtles-Shell-RewardsProject rewards and benefits to funders?

Yes, Project Creators must develop a series of rewards for their project. Therefore, I have gone out of my way to create some of the best rewards for the funders who support my project. See the picture to see the extensive range of rewards and choose whichever one that suits your fancy.

I am definitely looking forward to giving everyone of you who supports me a great big hug and a gratuitous thank you when I sign your book, art cover rewards and post them out to you.

Thank you for joining me to make my dream and that of other children who have already read my manuscripts come true when they hold my published book in their hands.

Now enough talk from me. I will see you at the fundraising page. Go and hit the: fund:it button.

I will be posting my progress about The Turtle’s Shell Fundraising Project Has Gone Live here as well as on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and my Fund It fund raising webpage:

Yes, less I forget you can certainly tell and share the benefits of this project with your friends and family. They can join in this creative process too. All are welcome!

Thank you so much.donation-button

Love ya!


The dream of writing a book

The Dream of Writing a Book The dream behind The Turtle’s Shell story started with the spark from a match box. As the match stick was struck to the side of the match box there was a sudden spark and … Continue reading