I came across this blog post the other day: Ten Life Lessons from Richard Branson.
I thought I would just repeat the lessons, but give my own explanations for them. Hopefully this will help you have a better life. OK, here goes…
1. “Ridiculous yachts and private planes and big limousines won’t make people enjoy life more.”
At least, I assume. I mean, they look nice, and you’d probably enjoy yourself while you’re using them, but ultimately they somehow won’t give you happiness. Having those things implies you have a lot of money, and more happiness will come from your bank account and the not-having-to-do-work-you-don’t-want-to part of life, not the big yachts. However, once you have riches like that, it’s not very polite to continuously talk about how happy it makes you.
2. “I enjoy every single minute of my life.”
I just think of what it’ll be like when I’m rich. Once I am rich, I can just remind myself that I’m rich.
3. “But the majority of things that one could get stressed about, they’re not worth getting stressed about.”
Really, the only thing to stress about is losing your money. Everything else is pretty pointless. Don’t worry about stuff that doesn’t involve boat loads of money. If you don’t have boat loads of money, you shouldn’t be worrying about anything at all. Your life is ultimately meaningless.
4. “You can’t be a good leader unless you generally like people. That is how you bring out the best in them.”
Nobody wants to follow someone who is mean to them. People like getting praise, so giving it to them is a good way to get power over them. Just don’t go overboard, or they’ll think you’re insincere. Give them just enough to keep wanting more and you will have them on a leash.
5. “There is no one to follow, there is nothing to copy.”
If you want to be a leader and have power over others, you have to make sure no one has power over you, you have to make sure you don’t become one of those mindless followers.
6. “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 doing nothing.”
You want to make sure you’re rich enough that if the business fails, you’re not dependent on it. Also, if you’re in it just for the money, then I don’t want to compete with you, because you might succeed beyond belief and I don’t want that kind of competition.
7. “I never had any intention of being an entrepreneur.”
That’s a big word with weird spelling. I’m not quite sure what it means.
8. “I made and learned from lots of mistakes.”
Looking before you leap is overrated. If you want to get ahead, it’s better to learn from mistakes than planning research. There’s always a chance you could succeed without thinking, and that’s the best kind of success to have. If you find that you are doing actual work, what’s the point?
9. “If you can indulge in your passion, life will be far more interesting than if you’re just working.”
Like I said, work is for losers. Get your followers to do the work.
10. “Right now I’m just delighted to be alive and to have had a nice long bath.”
After all, that involves no work whatsoever, and that’s what makes life awesome.
OK, I hope these tips have helped you. I didn’t really tell you how to make money easily, because that is a secret that must stay closely-guarded. If I want to maintain my power, I have to make you think my life is a whole lot better than yours, and as long as you think I’m always happy and always have been, then I’m happy enough.