When I was 16 I read Richard Bransons book, losing my virginity. At the time I found myself disillusioned with school, its rote learning and predictable structure. I also believed I could do better than the consistently inconsistent grades I was getting at school. I was adventurous and a little rebellious and after discovering someone could have these qualities and succeed outside the traditional educational pathway was an inspiring moment.

What Branson did was take his own authentic, fun and independent personality and infuse it into his brand, Virgin. Clearly I am not the only one who warmed to Branson and the Virgin brand.

So thanks to Richard and Virgin for challenging the status quo and inspiring others to do the same.