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Why Mentors Are More Important Now Than Ever

This is why a mentor should be one of your most important business relationships.

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When Richard Branson founded Virgin Atlantic in 1984, he’d already been a seasoned entrepreneur for several decades. He launched his first business, a magazine called Student, when he was just 16, accompanied by a wildly successful record mail-order business that soon became the first Virgin Records.

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Branson didn’t specifically set out to become an airline magnate. Rather, it was born of the frustration he felt while his British Virgin Islands-bound plane was stuck on the tarmac in Puerto Rico. Rather than suffer in silence, Branson worked out how much it would cost to charter a plane instead, and how figured each passenger could pay just $39 if they pooled the expenses. ″(When) we arrived in the BVI, somebody said ‘sharpen up your service a bit and you could be in the airline business,’” Branson recalled, and from there, Virgin Atlantic was born. 

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