1. Listening is one of the most important skills that anyone can have. That’s a very Virgin trait. Listening enables us to learn from each other, from the marketplace, and from the mistake that must be made in order to get anywhere that is original and disruptive. I learn so much from guests and employees that way.

2. Learn: Learning and leadership go together. Too much credit goes to me for what we have achieved at Virgin but the successes happen from working and learning with some of the world’s most inspiring and inspired people.


3. Laughter: My number one rule in business, and in life, is to enjoy what you do. Running a business involves long hours and hard decisions; if you don’t have the passion to keep you going, your business will more than likely fail. If you don’t enjoy what you are doing, then you shouldn’t be doing it.

Richard Branson 
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  • 5 days ago

don’t play fair

it’s really hard for men out here
wanna blame ‘em but the devil don’t play fair

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  • 5 days ago
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insider trading

it’s a gamble
telling you
but i’ve been
dealt a great hand
where love is concerned
so call it
insider trading
i’m cashing in
my chips for you

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  • 5 days ago
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too hard to convince

does it kill you
knowing that i’d never be
her again?
i like the way you try
so hard to convince me that
you’re a good guy
you know, good guys,
they’re a dime a dozen
and the best ones, well,
they don’t have to try 
too hard to convince,
they’re just themselves
or worst they pretend to be
the worst kind of guy
to protect their great hearts,
and so i’m shopping
for one of those,
won’t you excuse yourself
and make room for
the one 

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  • 5 days ago
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prepared

didn’t see it coming
but i couldn’t let you
know that you caught me
off guard since i’m always
soooooooooooooooo
prepared.
so i take a breath, reminding
myself that i am in charge
and you? well, you’re
just another stranger
making assumptions about
who i was, who i am,
and who i’m going to be
so i won’t bother
wasting.
yes, wasting another moment
of my time edifying you.

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  • 5 days ago
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til i’m done

knot in my stomach
has me thinking
i might need to say
what’s in my heart
but i’m too afraid
of your silent response
so i keep it to myself
and let it overwhelm
my entrails til i’m done

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  • 5 days ago
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faithfully working for us

i prayed for you
and said something like
please protect my
king Father God
please bless him and keep him
and protect our love for
each other
and erm bless everything that
his hands touch
and carry him through the
shadows like you carried me
and fill his heart with
so much joy
he can’t help but thank you
for all that you’ve done for him
and my heart was so
full, knowing God heard me
and was faithfully working
for us

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  • 6 days ago
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temporary installment

it bothered me that i
was the resident
photographer but
you lacked a photo
in my portfolio
i questioned our friendship’s
longevity and recognized
your installment was
temporary and i wasn’t sad
just confused by my
peace

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  • 6 days ago
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seed in my heart

i didn’t want any part of it
not marriage not children
no white picket fence
my plans were made
my mind made up
until you planted that
seed in my heart
then fed it with your lies
your charm consumed my plans
so when i sit alone and think
i realize i’ve lost my way
pretending not to want 
the very things i didn’t want 
to begin with

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  • 6 days ago
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your purpose in my race

i see every aspect
of our relationship
simultaneously and
each angle represents a
different side of me
and my response
has always been grace
and maybe one day
but not today
i’ll understand your
purpose in my race

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  • 6 days ago
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you’re done

i didn’t call because
i wanted to see if
we could be something
just needed confirmation
that there was nothing
you had that i’d want for myself
so you got a little puffed up
expecting blind submission
all i wanted was to extend
forgiveness and move on
don’t expect me to turn
into a fool, my father didn’t raise
one, my mother made sure
i understood all knowledge was cool
sorry but you’ve never really
made the cut, so today i’ll give
you the honest results
F, because you never
were able to follow clear directions
and i’m going right so move out of my way
please. i’m not the one
and you’re done

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  • 6 days ago
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Forgive or…

I remember the first time I realized forgiveness was for the forgiver and not the perpetrator. I was about twenty and enrolled in Brooklyn college for my last two years of my undergraduate studies. I was waiting on line waiting to pay my tuition when I remembered the events of the last three years. My mother and I had discussed college and the fact that she would be my benefactor for the first three years of High School. So I worked really hard to get scholarships and get into the best schools I could. Most of the schools I applied to were the more prestigious in the Northeast and when I applied for financial aid, I couldn’t receive much of anything because—scholarships were not merit-based, or the ones I applied for weren’t they were need-based, and well my mom had an asset portfolio that showed as being a wealthy family. Six months after I applied to schools, she bought a bought, cut here liquid assets in half and could no longer pay for college.

I guess any other kid at the time would’ve taken the ROTC scholarship and fall of the face of the planet and never see their mother again, but I wanted her to pay. I wanted her to see me everyday until I felt like she’d had enough, so she could remember that she didn’t help me one bit through college (for which I decided to be my own benefactor). And I decided to remain home for my first two years of college while I worked full-time and went to school full time. The first semester of Community College was pure hell. The bitterness and resent consumed me so much that I couldn’t concentrate in the courses that were easy for me. Before I knew it, I’d withdrawn from half of my classes and it was by the grace of God I maintained a 3.4 average with what remained. Well, I needed to be successful in college so I could show my mom that she was wrong not to invest in me. And flunking out and giving up was not an option. I became focused. Some even said I had tunnel vision. But I needed it in order to take the student board by storm and maintain a 3.7 GPA while taking 24 credits for the next three semesters.

The summer I graduated I reminded my mom of the original plan to move to NYC and complete my task. Unfortunately I left because my mom and I had irreconcilable differences, and I hadn’t been able to save all the money I needed before she gave me the boot, so I couldn’t start Brooklyn College as planned. See my mother had a way of screwing up my plans whenever I included her in them. The only way that I could truly exclude her was by leaving her behind, and the plans would be executed. In Fall 2006, I was standing on line waiting to pay my tuition when I considered the relationship I had with my mother. I made a conscious decision to thank her for being a good mom and doing her best. And what I failed to mention so far is the fact that my mom had a young daughter, my sister to take care of and frankly I could take care of myself. I’d proven it. I want to say that my life was perfect and we all lived happily ever after but the car crash two weeks before my 21st birthday made it hard for me to see life from that peachy angle. 

Mom had convinced me to return home, which I had. She also convinced me to commute daily for work and school. I don’t need to remind you of what happened when I included my mom in my plans.  Instead of blaming and resenting her this time, I recognized that I shouldn’t stay with her past the recovery time of the accident. It wasn’t until five years later after a heap of bad decisions that I realized it was God’s way of letting me know that I need to get out of the nest and seek him and only him in my plans for life. Of course, at 26 I had to thank my mother for forcing me out and allowing me to be independent. And sadly a year later she convinced me to move in again to help out with my younger sister. This time everyone else was encouraging me to move back, because it’d be such a good thing. And let me tell you what I’ve learned since then.

Today, I recognize that forgiveness is meant for the forgiver. 

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven ([a]left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have [b]given up resentment against) our debtors. (Matt. 6:12 AMP)

If we don’t forgive people, we can’t expect God to forgive us. It’s give and take. So this is the most important reason to forgive. Because God has forgiven us, by sending his son Jesus to die for our sins and we don’t deserve it, we should be able to extend that same grace. Because I was busy holding onto the fact that my mother kept ruining my plans, and oftentimes anticipated it, my plans always got ruined and I was defeated. When I recognized the bigger picture, I forgave her, and changed my behavior. Most people think the forgiven person is supposed to change his or her behavior when he or she is forgiven, but I think the forgiver is the one who needs to change. People will only do to us what we accept. Forgiveness doesn’t mean I’m okay with what you’ve done, it only means that in spite of what you’ve done I’m going to continue to love you. Forgiveness also doesn’t mean that you have memory loss and you forget the hurt, this is where the forgiven comes into the equation. When your toxic behavior (indicating it’s okay to hurt you) changes, the forgiven will follow suit or leave you be. If that person chooses to leave you be, don’t take it to heart, understand that this person needs to grow spiritually and emotionally before they can truly appreciate the gift you’ve graciously given them. It is the same with how we respond to God’s forgiveness. At first we reject the possibility of a clean slate, and we get into law-mode trying to do all the right things. But once we get a clear understanding of God’s forgiveness, we get out of work mode and fall into praise mode. 

Sometimes it’s difficult to forgive people because they hurt you so badly you can’t imagine a life with them. But those times require us to ask God’s help in the process. And trust me, if you ask God to help you to forgive that person, he will do that and so much more for your life. Thank God for his grace and mercy.

Be blessed.

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  • 6 days ago
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today’s the day

i like when you
hold my hand
and kiss my forehead
and tell me everything
will be okay
so sometimes i
call late at night 
just hoping that
you’d say
you love me
forever
maybe, today’s the day

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  • 1 week ago
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into the abyss

i’m sinking daily
into the abyss hoping
i’m not in quicksand

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