Finally, I completed the book “The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership” by Richard Branson

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Finally, I completed the book “The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership” by Richard Branson, the English business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. It took me more than a month to complete this book, mainly because of Ramzan and my father’s visit to New Delhi.

Ramzan has altered my routine big time, not only the daily running is out of the way but after Aftaar (the time when Muslims break their fast) it’s almost impossible to do anything. The time which was dedicated to book reading is now converted into lying around time and when my father was with me it was intense discussion time. My father is a very religious person and during his visit we discussed life, after-life, and Islam. In the beginning, he didn’t support my decision of writing daily but this time, he seemed pleased with it.

I am very happy that I finally completed this book today and now I’ll start reading the book “Permission Marketing” by Seth Godin. My Evernote is filled with the notes that I have taken while reading “The Virgin Way” and I would be sharing the book review and learning very soon.

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Birth Of iTunes

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I came across an interesting story while reading the book “The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership” by Richard Branson, an English business magnate, investor, and philanthropist.

Richard is very fond of pulling up April Fool stunts and he shared many stories which even gave him troubles in doing so. Among those stories, my favorite is the one when he proclaimed in a press conference that his company is going to create a system in which they are going to store all the music of the world and when the system would be ready anyone can connect to it and download free music from it. This was way back in the 80s when there was no cloud, no iTunes, and only cassettes.

Several music companies got infuriated and said that they will sue Virgin Records. The stunt served its purpose and created a lot of hype. Eventually, Richard announced that it was an April Fool stunt and everything got back to normal.

A couple of years later when he met Steve Jobs they had a brief discussion over Richard’s April Fool stunt. Jobs said that it was really a cool idea and worth pursuing too and to which Richard agreed but didn’t do anything about it. Decades later Steve started iTunes (which was actually Richard’s idea) and it eventually put Virgin Record out of business.

Today I Started Reading “The Virgin Way”

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I have started reading the book “The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership” by Richard Branson. In this book, Richard is sharing his life stories, learning, and experiences from the very beginning.

I am really bad at remembering names, dates and other important things and I have a habit of noting things down in my phone. Sometimes I find other people get annoyed by this habit of mine so I usually do it when nobody is watching.

The first thing I learned from the book is that it’s okay to note things down, Richard does it more vigorously than anybody else and he has been doing this since ages. Instead of using digital notes he still prefers pocket-sized notebook and a pen for recording all the things that he likes to remember.

Unlike me, he is not shy and takes notes almost everywhere i.e. in the meetings, hallways, and even while boarding the plane. I am so much impressed by his note taking habit that I myself bought a pen and small pocket-sized notebook just to do this activity in a more realistic way.