Billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson is a known risk-taker whose mantra is, "Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear."
Branson, 67, has already won numerous Guinness World Records and continues chasing big plans to travel to space and build one of the world's fastest transportation systems, but these are only a part of what Branson considers a benchmark of his success.
During an interview with Esquire editor-in-chief Jay Fielden for a Master Class at Hearst Tower on Tuesday, Branson said: "When you're on your deathbed and you look back at your life, you have to ask yourself, 'Have I led a good life?'"
"I don't think about it often, but you do need to think about it," he said.
"Leading a good life is not how much money you make, it absolutely is not," Branson said. "It's the difference you made to other people in your life."
For Branson, success in life is not about material gains or losses: "It's how you bring up your children, it's your friends, these are the things that really matter in life," he said.
"I've spent quite a lot of time trying to make sure that I can close my eyes one day and feel I lived a good life."
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