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Richard Branson Reveals How 40 Year Old To-Do List Guided Him To Owning 400 Companies

Globally recognised billionaire businessman, Richard Branson who has about 400 companies under his control revealed the secrets of his success as the 40-year-old to-do list he came up with.

Richard Branson 's 40 year old to-do-list
Richard Branson ‘s 40 year old to-do-list

The 66 year old Virgin Group founder with $5.2bn net worth has opened up on how the to-do list that he wrote more than 40 years ago has helped him succeed.

Richard Branson
Richard Branson

Richard Branson wrote the note in 1972 when he was just 22 years old. Now he has since built an empire of more than 200 firms which includes a record label, airline and health club arm — making him one of the richest people in the world.

Richard Branson
Richard Branson

But he has released a copy of his bizarre to-do list after ‘taking a walk down memory lane’ to reflect on his own achievements.

It features items such as ‘learn to fly’ and to ‘start buying odds and sods’ for his record studio. More unusual suggestions include ‘look after me, you, boat’ and ‘entertain everybody with me’.

He also pledges to ‘invite nice people back’ and to ‘sort me out’ – in a grammatically warped reference to himself.

Branson explained: ‘I’ve often written about my love of writing lists – and this one shows I’ve been at it since the very beginning.

‘Lists not only provide great structure for getting things done, but they also help us to set goals and achieve our dreams.

He added: ‘As you can see, the bullet points range from lofty ambitions like learning to fly and opening more Virgin Records stores, to inviting people around and buying bits and pieces for our record studio The Manor.

Richard Branson’s 1972 to-do list in full;
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

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