told the crowd of 3,000 at the forum.
The session themed “Business Transformation and Leadership: The Virgin Pursuit” was moderated by CNN International Business Correspondent Richard Quest.
“The fact that you tried and failed, and, eventually, become successful will help build your brand.
“Your brand won’t be as striking if you would have been an overnight success, it is in the struggle that you build your brand,” he said.
Branson said that it was important for entrepreneurs not to take themselves too seriously, and to keep things as lightheaded as possible especially at the expense of their competitors.
Branson, who was awarded a knighthood for services to entrepreneurship, since seen his Virgin Group create more than 400 branded companies worldwide and employ more than 60,000 people, operating in more than 50 countries.
He also took a pot shot at United States President Donald Trump, calling him a vindictive individual.
Branson said he was saddened that Trump now held the most important and powerful position in the world, as well as the president’s refusal to acknowledge climate change.
“It is extraordinary that given all the proven science that is available to us, Trump still refuses to see this.
“I am grateful, however, that China has now stepped up and taken the lead in helping the environment. I think if the world can work together, we can help the world.” Triplett), gifted me with the permission to dream ever since I was a young boy. She told me every day that I could do or be anything that I wanted to do or be.
“With that, no matter what your circumstances are, you can choose to do things differently.”
The two-day forum, themed “Driving Transformation”, organised by the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) is a platform to share and discuss transformative actions and experiences at three distinct levels — governments, businesses and individuals.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Virgin Group founder and entrepreneur Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (left) and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt (third from left) at a closed-door dinner held in conjunction with the Global Transformation Forum 2017 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.