I’ve held many roles in my life: magazine editor, entrepreneur, business leader… but the role that has brought me the most gratification is being father to Holly and Sam.
Richard Branson Holly and Sam toddlers young
Watching them grow up has taught me so many important lessons, and also made me appreciate the stellar job my father, Ted, did in being an excellent role model for my sisters and me.
Our dad taught us patience and humility. He was a kind soul, who always had an encouraging word. He instilled in me a great moral compass, and the desire to always stand up for what’s right.
The following quote sums up a lot about growing up and how we should all appreciate our parents – Mark Twain had a wonderful way with words...
"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”
My son, Sam is now a father of two beautiful children, Eva-Deia and Bluey. I love watching the way he interacts with them – he’s a gentle soul with passion for the arts and the world.
He’s doing a wonderful job to teach his children, and Holly’s children, Etta and Artie, the joys of music. Some of my most treasured memories are of watching the kids dance as Sam plays instruments.
Sam Branson and Eva-Deia music dancing
Which reminds me of another inspiring quote attributed to Mark Twain – combining the spirit of youthful rebellion and fatherly wisdom: A child says to his dad: "When I grow up, I want to be a musician. "His dad says: "I'm sorry son, but you can't have it both ways.”
I wish I'd known that when we started Virgin Records!
Richard Branson Virgin Records Early Days
What has your father taught you? I’d like to hear about it in the comments below.