Summary Notes for Screw it, Let’s Do it by Richard Branson

The following are my point-form notes from the book. Obviously they are concise and really intended as an appendix to the book itself. If you’d like some further discussion on the “phases” please have a listen to our May FB Live, or spark up a discussion in The Clique.

Here you go:

  • Daydreams vs Goals- Richard dreams, then he finds out how to be practical with the dreams.

  • If you love to do it, do it. Jump in.

  • Have fun and the money will come.

  • Ask yourself, “Is my work fun and does it make me happy?”

  • Be ready to shift the business model if something doesn’t work (Story of the Christmas Trees and rabbits) >> Us and CWC Events, now we have The Clique as well.

  • Be bold, but don’t gamble- take calculated risks.

  • If the risks are too random or hard to predict, be aware, but if you opt for a safe life you won’t know what it’s like to win.

  • Trust your instincts and if an idea grabs you, if it’s exciting, then find a way to do it.

  • When things were tough, he: worked out a cash-flow survival plan. He hired the right people. He got a good team. He stuck to it. He wouldn't take no for an answer. He found other ways around problems.

  • Believe in yourself to make it happen.

  • Be glad when you win. Don’t have regrets when you lose. Never look back. You can’t change the past. Try and learn from it.

  • Challenge is what makes us human.

  • James Ullman, “Challenge is the core and mainspring of all human action. If there’s an ocean we cross it.” etc

  • Recipe for rabbit pie: First catch the rabbit > you have to go out and get what you want.

  • Story about buying back Virgin: that 182M was worth it to keep his freedom and his good name. He wanted to be master of his own fate.

  • Live in the moment.

  • Salvador Dali story about the peach: savour a perfect moment and don’t spoil it by wanting more, or by regretting your choices.

  • The importance of sleep (and self-care)- note, link to Egg Wisdom from Kate Northrup

  • Money is just a means to an end, not an end in itself.

  • Money is for making thing happen.

  • Relationships are important. We all need a support network.

  • Spread the risk/ don’t have all your eggs in one basket.

  • Hire good people.

  • Respect is about how you treat everyone, not just the people you want to impress. You never know who is watching.

  • Japanese story of having the long game (200 year plans for businesses).

  • All we have in our life is our good name, or people won’t trust us.

  • Never do anything that will stop you from sleeping at night.

  • Using a setback (gaol) as a driver for success.

  • Be charitable, the cheapest way: to do no harm.

  • Create space for ideas to come to you.

  • Have a notebook for your ideas

  • Keep an open mind when you have these ideas

  • Keep learning.

In Summary: 

  • Just do it

  • Think yes, not no

  • Challenge yourself

  • Have goals

  • Have fun

  • Make a difference

  • Stand on your own feet

  • Be loyal

  • Live life to the full

  • Chase fun, not money


Summary Notes: Do Less by Kate Northrup

The following are my point-form notes from the book. Obviously they are concise and really intended as an appendix to the book itself. If you’d like some further discussion on the “phases” please have a listen to our May FB Live, or spark up a discussion in The Clique.

Here you go:

  • The cult of busy-ness vs finding EASE: How busy is more recognised/coveted. Would we like something different for ourselves and the women around us?

  • “It’s no longer acceptable to work as though we don’t have bodies, as though we are not of nature.”  It’s time for us to listen to our natural rhythms and stop ignoring the messages from our innately intelligent bodies.

  • Menstrual cycles, moon cycles, and quadrants:

-Day 1-5: Introspective (New Moon), Quadrant 1, Menstruation. Rest, reflect, manifest, intuit, set intentions.

-Day 6-12: Extraverted (Waxing Moon), Quadrant 1, Follicular. Brainstorm, plan, initiate new projects.

-Day 13-16: Extraverted (Full Moon), Quadrant 3, Ovulation. Collaborate, visible, receptive, magnetic, articulate.

-Day 17-28: Introspective (Waning Moon), Quadrant 4, Luteal. Complete tasks,wrap up

  • Bonnie Ware’s book: The Top 5 regrets of the Dying  (Listen to FB Live for these)

    Egg wisdom:

  • Stop worrying about whether or not the thing is coming

  • Emit a strong signal

  • Do what you need to do

  • Be still and receptive

  • Reject the things you don’t want

  • Fix the things you do if required

  • Bring sustenance (back to not ignoring biology)

  • Question for yourself: What would the egg do (or not do)?

  • The view of society that you must be ‘hustling’ or you’re lazy. Let go: fear you won’t get what you want if you don’t hustle or be busy. Are you micromanaging through distrust of others?

  • Note: Appreciation is actually a higher vibration than gratitude

  • Listen to your body: Why? You’ll spend less time wondering if you’re doing the right thing, or asking others to help you decide, as well as spending less time regretting or backtracking from decisions you think are wrong.

  • The Vital Few: 

On the LHS of the page list all of the things you do, and on the RHS list your biggest successes. Link the things on the LHS that gave your biggest success.

>Do only what you like/are good at that move you in the direction you want to go

80% of your time should be spent in these vital few

  • Get help- where-ever and however you can. There is vulnerability for many of us in asking. We think we have to do it alone. Perhaps we are addicted to the adrenaline?

  • Allowing and receiving: allow this day to be easy. Then: What can I do to make it easier? What can I allow in this moment to make it easier? What can I let go of?

  • Filter tasks: 1. Does this need to be done? 2. Does it need to be done by me? 3. Does it need to be done right now? 

  • Knowing your worth means that you you know how to ask for help- you don’t need to justify your space by showing how much you can do for everyone. Why aren’t we asking for help? Is it due to shoulds, expectations, idealised thinking, comparisons etc?

  • Ask for help: early, often and kindly

  • Time bending: Being in flow. Do you have time poverty or prosperity? Become “the source of time” when you are flustered, to calm yourself. Be present

  • Weekly vs Daily plans and lists: Leave things off the list for the week. Choose your top 3 priorities for the week, if you do them = that counts as success! One thing each week should be on the Universe’s to do list (hand it over). The Eisenhower Matrix

  • Communication of our needs vs holding on to resentment. Remember: The issue is not the issue. We don't have to heal our partners (in fact we can’t). Your partner will trigger your greatest wounds so you can heal (what a gift!)

  • YOU are enough.