A Perilous Hot Air Balloon Ride - Richard Branson

About The Episode


Our guest today on Fear Itself is one of the world's most iconic entrepreneurs, Richard Branson. Richard's career, mindset and outlook on life is typified by fearlessness. In this episode, we find out how a 'screw it, let's do it' attitude helped him fight fear to launch Virgin Atlantic, he shares a gutrenching account of one his many death defying exploits, and we discover what Richard truly fears. 

*Just as a note however, this episode was recorded earlier in the year before Richard's space flight.


Sir Richard Branson is an English business magnate, adventurer, investor, author, and commercial astronaut. In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business, Virgin Records—later known as Virgin Megastores—in 1972. Branson's Virgin brand would grow rapidly and he would expand his businesses to include Virgin Atlantic airline, Virgin Records music label, and Virgin Television. On 11 July 2021, Branson flew above the U.S. definition of space, reaching an altitude of 53 as part of a test flight for his company, Virgin Galactic. 


About The Host 


Cressida Bonas is an actress, podcaster and writer. Cressida has had leading acting roles in a number of well known television and film productions - such as her role as Sheila Bamber in the critically acclaimed Netflix series White House Farm. Some of Cressida's other work include roles in the ITV series Dr Thorne, the film The Bye Bye Man, and in theatre productions Mrs Orwell and An Evening with Lucien Freud. Cressida writes a monthly column for the arts and culture section in The Spectator and her written work has been featured in The Telegraph, and The Mail on Sunday


Top Quotes


"If you seek out the best in those you think are your enemies, you will find the best." - Richard Branson


"My life has taught me mostly about the power of people." - Richard Branson


Resources


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Click here to learn more about Richard Branson and his work: https://www.virgin.com/branson-family/richard-branson-blog


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