As a child, Richard Branson struggled greatly with dyslexia — and now he's the billionaire pioneer of a global corporation.
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  • Richard Branson has achieved a lot — he's a billionaire, 
  • he resides on his own privately-owned island and founded
  •  global corporation Virgin.
  • But Branson's life wasn't always so easy: he battled with 
  • dyslexia and struggled badly at school.
  • In spite of the challenges that faced him, he stuck to his guns 
  • and transformed his struggles into strengths.

Richard Branson lives a life many hanker after: as a billionaire who 
resides on his own privately-owned island and the head of global 
corporation Virgin, it's not hard to see why. And he managed to 
achieve all this in spite of leaving school early.
Time and again, Branson encourages young people to stay faithful 
to themselves in the face of all odds. After all, he's living proof that 
anything is possible — as a child, he struggled greatly with dyslexia.
 No one ever dreamed that he would pioneer a global music and 
video game company, an airline and a space project.

There's a secret to Bransons' success, 

and it's very simple

He has one piece of advice for anyone still at the beginning of 
their careers: don't give up. On Virgin's website, he said:
"There have been so many times in my career where my ideas were
 overlooked. Friends, family members, people I looked up to, and
 the banks - not everyone always saw the potential I saw. But that 
didn't deter me. Just because others don't believe in your ideas
 from the get-go doesn't mean that they are worthless. In my case, 
it drove me to want to succeed even more."
He believes there's always a second chance in life, for everything —
 and that if you give up, you never know what you would have achieved 
in the end.
"Imagine where J.K. Rowling would be if she didn't keep persevering
 when others didn't recognise the greatness of her books," he said.
 "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was rejected 12 times and
 she was told not to quit her day job! Thomas Edison failed thousands 
of times to invent the lightbulb — if he'd given up, we'd all be in the 
dark. "

Branson also learned from his mistakes

After Branson failed at school, he could have accepted his fate. Yet, 
instead, he made his greatest weakness his greatest strength: he learned 
to love everything simple through dyslexia, which later became the 
business principle when he founded Virgin.

Richard Branson is convinced everyone can 

write their own future

"Nobody gets everything right first time, and it is how we learn from 
our mistakes that defines us. We all deserve a second chance."