Sir Richard Branson

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Sir Richard Branson (Photo: Margie Goldsmith)
Sir Richard Branson (Photo: Margie Goldsmith)
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 4:15pm
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Bert Botta
on March 19, 2014 - 8:52am

After a successful aviation career, I'm now off the "dole" as a corporate wage slave and trying my hand at entrepreneurship.

Richards emphasis on treating people like I would like to be treated and facilitating and allowing their brilliance to emerge hit me hard and dissolved some doubts about my ability to do something significant at this stage of my life.

I often think to myself, "Man, what are you doing still working? Why aren't you sitting on the deck with a cold beer in your hand or playing golf with your buddies?" Probably because I don't enjoy golf, I've got some things that I still need to accomplish and the buddies who I enjoy the most have different things to do with their time than play golf.

In some small but significant way when Richard said "I'll never retire" that gave me added permission to pursue the life I'm living, sometimes "failing forward."

I often compare myself to other men who I think have "more" than me; but when I do so, I look at their lives and often realize I have been blessed mightily with a beautiful wife, great, authentic friends and a past that formed the essence of my book, Fast Lane to Faith: A Jet Jockey's Search for Significance.

Thanks Richard, for living the legacy that so many of us dream about and now, because of your influence, have a definite shot at achieving...

Bert Botta, TWA/Netjets(ret)

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on August 13, 2014 - 11:32pm

Every once in a while you should take a woman seriously when she is trying to tell you something. A woman is part intuition and part seriousness. Sometimes it is better to listen.
Good advice Richard.


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