V is for Virginity

One of the most common questions I get asked is: how did Virgin get its name. The answer is simple, my friends and I were sitting around brainstorming names, and one girl suggested Virgin, because “we were all virgins at business’. It was true, and we all liked it, so it stuck.

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So many people embarking on entrepreneurship for the first time get weighed down in the perceived right way to do things. They think of their naivety and inexperience as a weakness, but in reality it’s a huge advantage.

Everyone is a virgin in business when they start; it’s how you learn and embrace the trials and tribulations of the your journey that determines your success in the long run.

Richard Branson A to Z of business: V is for virginity

When we were starting out we didn’t know the rules existed, let alone follow them – and that turned out to be a great thing for us. Not affected by the ‘right’ way to do things, we did them our own way, and paved a wonderfully exciting path to success.

My advice for everyone – whether personally or professional – is never get weighed down in the experience of others, go out and learn for yourself. You’ll have a lot more fun if you do.

Richard Branson and Virgin branding

Richard Branson and Virgin branding

At 67 years old, I still love doing things for the first time - it's for that reason I named my new autobiography, Finding My Virginity

What does virginity mean to you?

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