Yesterday, during the course of an interesting day, my friend and host Tosin Lanipekun introduced a book to me. The title is, “Screw it…Let’s do it” by Richard Branson. What a great book it turned out to be. I learnt quite a lot of things in that book. However, something stood out. You can only become rich or successful by helping to solve other people's problems. The more problems you can solve, the richer you become! There is so much riches around us then. You only need to meet the needs of others.
In the book, Richard told a quick story of how Virgin Atlantic started. Can you imagine that Virgin did not start out with a superb business plan? There were no prior preparations as it were. He saw a need and he fixed it. Hear the story from Branson himself “…We spent the rest of our holiday on another island. Our plan was to travel to Puerto Rico- but when we got to the airport, the flight was cancelled. People were roaming about, looking lost. No one was doing anything, so I did- someone had to. I chartered a plane for $2000. I divided that by the number of people. It came to $39 a head. I borrowed a blackboard and wrote on it: VIRGIN AIRWAYS. $39 SINGLE FLIGHT TO PUERTO RICO.
The idea for Virgin Airways was born right in the middle of a holiday, although the actual airline only properly took off when I was sent a business idea. I had never chartered a plane before, but, as with Tubular Bells and the Jamaican Toasters, I saw and grabbed the chance. And look at Virgin Atlantic today! We fly to 30 places around the world. We have Virgin Blue in Australia, Virgin Express in Europe and Virgin Nigeria. We are planning Virgin America. And we’ve even gone further- Virgin Galactic will offer flights into space! No one else is doing that. It’s a bold move. We are ahead of everyone. In 21 years, we have gone from renting a plane to space travel”
Can you beat that? As one year comes to a close and another comes to view, I want to encourage you to look out for others. You’ll be happier when you make other people happy. You’ll be richer when you solve other people’s problems. For a moment, think about what you can do to add value to the lives of others. You’ll be amazed the value that will be added to your own life by just doing that. It is amazing.
See you at the top! That’s where you belong!