It’s fascinating to look back at the teen years of today’s success stories. A great example is Richard Branson who was a high school dropout. Suffering from dyslexia, he struggled with his schoolwork.
In 1966, at age 16, he left school and started a youth-culture magazine called Student. The publication, run by students, for students, sold $8,000 worth of advertising in its first edition.
Two years later, Branson began selling records by mail. This business grew into a brick-and-mortar store and eventually into a recording studio that became known as Virgin Records.
Always the precocious kid, as a sixteen-year-old, Branson compiled and submitted, an extensive report as to how the boarding school he was attending should have been run. On his last day at that school, his headmaster, commented, “Congratulations, Branson – I predict you will either go to prison or become a millionaire.”
The headmaster only missed it by a few million.
Today, Branson’s Virgin Group holds more than 200 companies in more than 30 countries; his net worth is well over $2 billion.
Always remember that today’s successes were yesterday’s failures.
Failures who never gave up!
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