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Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons in Life and Business | [Richard Branson]

Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons in Life and Business

Richard Branson is an iconic businessman. In Screw It, Let's Do It, he shares the secrets of his success and the invaluable lessons he has learned over the course of his remarkable career. As the world struggles with the twin problems of global recession and climate change, Richard explains why it is up to big companies like Virgin to lead the way in finding a more holistic and environmentally friendly approach to business.
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Richard Branson is an iconic businessman. In Screw It, Let's Do It, he shares the secrets of his success and the invaluable lessons he has learned over the course of his remarkable career. As the world struggles with the twin problems of global recession and climate change, Richard explains why it is up to big companies like Virgin to lead the way in finding a more holistic and environmentally friendly approach to business. He also looks to the future and shares his plans for taking his business and his ideas to the next level.

Richard reveals the new and exciting areas into which Virgin is currently moving, including bio fuels and space travel, and brings together all the important lessons, good advice and inspirational adages that have helped him along the road to success. This is a fantastic motivational book that will help listeners achieve their own dreams.

©2010 Sir Richard Branson (P)2010 Random House Audiobooks

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    Alice 26/09/2011
    Alice 26/09/2011 Listener Since 2010
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    "Good content, bad narrator"

    I admire Richard Branson greatly and was looking forward to hearing his story. Disappointingly the narrator didn't inspire me one bit with a very odd rhythm to his reading often leaving vital information off the end of a sentence rendering it nonsensicle e.g. " My favourite time of day is evening. On Necker." as opposed to "My favourite time of day in evening on Necker" which I can only assume is what was written. His tone often adds an almost arrogant edge to RB's writing which I'm sure was not intended either...

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    john manchester, United Kingdom 07/06/2012
    john manchester, United Kingdom 07/06/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book spoilt by bad narration"

    Sort it out Adrian.

    it sounded like it was being read by a computer programme for most of the time. Very odd cadence and missing of beats.

    I'm guessing it was a rush job done in one take. I may be wrong, but it made it hard to listen to at some points.

    That aside it is a very good and insightful book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom 16/08/2011
    Helen Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom 16/08/2011 Member Since 2011
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    "Good entertainment plus some great tips for life"

    The book is great and the narrator is completely right for the part. You could think it was Richard Branson! I really enjoyed listening to it in the car to work

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bart 07/07/2014
    Bart 07/07/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Great tips on how to 'connect the dots' in busines"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to anyway that runs a businessor is hesitating to start one. The story convays lots of hsnds-on experience and dows great to boost one's motivation.


    What other book might you compare Screw It, Let's Do It to, and why?

    Grant Cardone's 10X focuses more on motivation and performance, but I believe these books complement each other.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I was stunned by the way Sir Branson solves the problems and never hesitates to ask, even very daring question '(and thus succeed in buying his dream island or starting an airline).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment author ponders about the role of ''having fun' while doing business impressed me and changed the way I look on my business.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Wisniewski 14/05/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Screw it! What a great book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Screw It, Let's Do It the most enjoyable?

    The book is set out as a story rather than formal prose on how to become successful in business, as a result its much more compelling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richard Branson...of course. But he does also reference a number of influences in his life including his very understanding parents and wife.


    What about Adrian Mulraney’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was very easy to understand and did a good job. Its just a shame that RB himself didn't narrate. Although I sure he's far too busy for that.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was very inspired by the central messages in the book. The main thing is to act on ideas, however good they are. Focus on the upsides as well as the downs. Have fun and realise that life is very short so you should enjoy it.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book, very inspirational. Definitely worth listening to every so often to keep up you motivation, especially during tough times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr United Kingdom 05/01/2013
    Mr United Kingdom 05/01/2013
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    "Reader is monotone and just awful"

    Having listened to other Richard Branson books with Richard Branson reading, I was looking forward to this. Apart from the fact the content is very similar to previous books, the reader is awful, completely monotone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Egil Myklestad Norway 27/12/2012
    Egil Myklestad Norway 27/12/2012
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    "Inspirational"

    Loved this book. Branson is as good writer and narrator as he is a businessman. And this book showed me he has a great heart, too.

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    Ava Sidcup, United Kingdom 20/10/2011
    Ava Sidcup, United Kingdom 20/10/2011
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    "Simply Brilliant"

    He doesn't blab on all about himself...which is refreshing. He talks about key life lessons in no-nonsense way. His writing just flows and the narration is good too. Buy it, you'll love it :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • MDTruman
    Chicago
    10/07/11
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    "Screw it, I just wasted my money!"

    He reminds me of Bobby Knight...he was popular..he won games...but he was full of crap. Knight's crap was his anger and abuse...Branson's is self love and self adulation....you can learn from both about strategy but you also have to deal with the crap. I will save you money so u don't have to listen to him tell you how awesome he is:

    - Do what you love
    - Believe that you can succeed
    - Never give up
    - Don't listen to the naysayers.

    He learned all that from his Mum...he is not some brilliant innovator but followed a brilliant strategy ..he just knew what the people wanted and went into action. His nature was formed by his Mum...he emulated her....he got rich because he did the same thing she did but in profit making companies....that's it.

    With some bits of strategy, he mostly talked about his social concerns; basically, to put it in an analogy - he said how he's wonderful because he gave a poor man a fish and announced to the world that it was HE that gave the poor man a fish...but he solved nothing!!!! The poor man was just as hungry the next day! Teach him how to fish and THEN teach him how to sell at the fish market and he'll be fed everyday as well as his family and neighbors.


    Note to Branson, Bono and rich folks who love glorifying themselves about how they help others, but really don't help anyone - you want to lessen hunger, lessen disease, lessen wars?....then follow me....I know how to do it.....BUILD UP THE FREE MARKET SYSTEM IN EACH OF THEIR MAJOR CITIES!!!!!!

    Save your money and buy a book about Steve Jobs. You will get great ideas and the motivation you're looking for without the continuous nauseating self praise.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Killara, Australia
    29/05/12
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    "Great Courage – Simply inspiring"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If you have a Dream you can make it come true – have the courage to step outside the square.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Screw It, Let's Do It?

    Orangising business deals from his dorm room and using the pay phone to contact the Big Wigs.


    Which character – as performed by Adrian Mulraney – was your favorite?

    Sir Richard


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - a bit too long for on sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    It’s clear from the start that Sir Richard Branson was not ordinary kid! Sir Richard shows great courage at such a young age to embark upon the business world with nothing but Big Dreams and coins in his pocket for the pay phone. This is what the ‘Success Coach Gurus’ preach – take action with what you have at the time – don’t wait for everything to be ‘perfect’ before you start. It’s the theme for the whole book – the courage to just do it! Great listen – I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    09/10/14
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    "Turns into 4 hour global warming campaign"
    Any additional comments?

    Book started out alright but plunged quicker then one of Branson's hot air balloons. To break this book down:
    Try hard and find a way to make it happen
    An hour of hot air balloon stories
    4 hours about global warming and his airline
    All sprinkled with name dropping of politicians

    If you are looking to learn something or inspiration, avoid this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lourdes
    23/07/14
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    "Great! I love Richard Branson's charm and stories"
    What about Adrian Mulraney’s performance did you like?

    I like that they used someone with a British accent that could be easily compared to Branson's (at least to an American listener). He also captured Branson's spirit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S.Palan
    CA, United States
    18/07/14
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    "Self centerd and boastful, not much to learn"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Maybe, the book is like a biography telling how awesome Sir Richard Branson is. It's a bit pompous with respect to his life.

    Me is great person, no offense, but a bit boastful of his achievements and adventures, most of which seems like a very elaborate movie plot.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Richard Branson’s life?

    Want to know more about his management style, his lessons learnt and his story in a more humble way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    draper, UT, United States
    28/02/14
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    "Good Book, Bad Format"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book had good information and is worth reading. The style of story telling was choppy and unconnected. If you can over look that and take it for the wisdom that it holds you will enjoy it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • THAMINDER
    Diamond Bar, CA, United States
    04/03/13
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    "Terrible only heaving hot air"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    pathetic talking about himself, no management. Waste of time i wish i had read the reviews earlier.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lynette
    Pretoria, South Africa
    11/10/12
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    "enjoyed it!"

    Good insight into his life and a must listen for anyone who has his own business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jorge
    Guatemala, Guatemala
    27/08/12
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    "Amazing Book, great audio and narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Screw It, Let's Do It the most enjoyable?

    It was my first audibook since I was on 8th Grade on 1998, since I'm mostly visual, I didn't like the idea of listen to a book, but I found the reviews on the book pretty interesting and also that Sir Richard Branson is a man to admire. Well I gave it a try and guess what? I love it, I listen to them while I'm on traffic so I make the most out of my time, and the book is a gate to open your mind and start to get those ideas and projects on the run.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the push Sir Richard Branson gives you through out the book and explains you that everything has to be right, do the things right, focus on people and the world not only in money.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he starts to explain Gahia Capitalism


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the Book, I'll will purchase it on paperback since the book is worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Chaves
    Brooklyn, NY USA
    07/07/12
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    "The eloquent Branson"
    If you could sum up Screw It, Let's Do It in three words, what would they be?

    Richard Branson's new book, 'Screw It, Let's Do It,' is a great read. He offers wonderful insight to anyone in business, and offers wonderful tidbits from his own incredible personal and professional experiences.

    At times, his chapters lose their focus and veer off path, but overall, the chapters are very well thought out and well written.

    Adrian Mulraney does a superb job narrating Sir Branson's book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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