Richard Branson’s best advice for success in 2017

Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder and chairman
Adam Jeffery | CNBC

For a rocket science entrepreneur, Richard Branson's best advice for success in 2017 is simple and low tech.

Write down a good idea when you have it.

Branson says that putting an idea on paper is the first step in making a plan a reality.

"Ever since I was a child I have made lists of all kinds, including short-term tasks, long-term goals and resolutions. It's how I make sense of the world, bring order to the ideas in my head, and start turning them into action," says Branson, in a New Year's Day post on his blog.

The iconic entrepreneur also admits that if he didn't record his ideas immediately, they would go to waste. And he's in good company: Bill Gates too swears by jotting down notes by hand.

Forgetfulness nips at the heels of even the most successful leaders.

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