Screw it, let’s do it is part of the Quick Reads series and is a brief overview of Richard Branson’s life focussing more on life lessons. He wrote a fuller autobiography in 1998.
Branson operates instinctively and makes decisions quickly. He’s prepared to take risks and isn’t afraid to fail. Yet his risks are mostly calculated and not gambles. These traits together with his natural business acumen has made him very wealthy. Branson has also challenged himself in a series of sporting endeavours such as ballooning.
Branson’s willingness to challenge himself and try new ventures seems to come from the security of a loving and supportive family. This was particularly evident after he was convicted of tax evasion in his early days. His parents mortgaged their house so he could pay back the money he owed and avoid jail time. He has since made a practice of running his businesses legally, though not always with integrity.
He encourages his readers to try new things and challenge themselves, but also to value family, have respect and do good in the world. He states he doesn’t believe in God yet regards some events in his life as miraculous.
Overall the book provides interesting insights into Branson’s perspective on life and business.
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