One of Richard Branson’s top tips for success has been recovered from his 1972 diary

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If there’s one thing billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson really likes, it’s to-do lists. He has written about lists several times for the Virgin blog.

In a recent blog post, Branson wrote about an old diary from 1972 found by his friend Kenny Kemp. In it, Branson had written a simple list of things he wanted to achieve – both large and small.

Here’s what it said:

1. Learn to fly

2. Look after me, you, boat

3. Entertain everybody with me

4. Invite nice people back

5. Start getting the small house together at The Manor

6. Start buying odds and sods for The Manor

7. Work with me on projects/sort me out

8. More shops to be found

You can see the list in Branson’s photo:

Richard To Do List

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“As you can see, the bullet points range from lofty ambitions like learning to fly and opening more Virgin Records stores, to inviting people around and buying bits and pieces for our record studio The Manor,” he wrote in the post. He also points out you can see some scribbles about an album on the page above.

Branson said lists are a great way of structuring what you need to get done, but they also help us to set goals and achieve our dreams.

A year after this list was written, in 1973, Branson launched Virgin Records and Tubular Bells was released – one of the biggest selling albums of the decade (and the soundtrack to The Exorcist.)

45 years on, Branson has a net worth of about $5 billion (£3.9 billion), and the Virgin group owns about 200 companies all over the world. So it’s safe to say he ticked off all bullet points and then some.