Archive - June 2013

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How to Use Networking to Get a Job in Brazil
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LIB 006: How to Open a Successful Cafe in Brazil with Josh Stevens of Café Cultura
3
Brazil Gone Wild: #changebrazil and Why You Should Care
4
5 Good Reasons You Should Learn Portuguese
5
The Shortcut to Fast and Fun Portuguese Fluency
6
3 Success Secrets Wealthy Brazilians Share (That You Need to Know)
7
LIB 005: The Cost of Living in Brazil, what You Really Pay

How to Use Networking to Get a Job in Brazil

handshake, networking BrazilPicture my best Al Pacino face, throwing my hands out front of me stating “It’s who you know, capice?”.

Who you know because they will do you personal favors based on their friendship and commitment to you.  Now mark my words: if you want to get ahead in Brazil, you have to make good connections and build your local network of “friends”.

And by network of “friends”, I mean people who you are on a buddy basis that can be called upon when needed.

This can be something very confusing for us gringos and here’s why…

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LIB 006: How to Open a Successful Cafe in Brazil with Josh Stevens of Café Cultura

Podcast-artrssCould I as a foreigner open a successful café or restaurant in Brazil?

This is a question that gets asked a lot within the foreign community as financial stability usually claims the nr. 1 spot.

And to be honest, I’ve heard both success stories and fail stories, where a foreigner came and opened or started a café/restaurant from scratch.

The successful cases usually have one thing that stands them out from the rest: quality.

And here’s why:

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Brazil Gone Wild: #changebrazil and Why You Should Care

Yesterday, the New York times posted a wild picture of a Brazilian woman getting hosed in the face with pepper spray.

It was shocking to see the police brutality towards a peaceful protestor and at the same time an eye opener to realize the monumental shift happening!

So today, this post will be a divergence from the usual on this site in order to introduce you to something very important: the 20 cent movement.

And don’t forget to check out Ilya over from brazilcareerblueprint.com and I’s Google Hangout recording at the end of this post, where we talk about this movement in detail and explain why we should care as foreigners.

Let me start this post by saying that it’s called the 20 cent movement but it’s about rights, and here’s why:

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5 Good Reasons You Should Learn Portuguese

Girl laptop Brazil flagPortuguese is an amazing language – no doubt about it – and today I am going to give you 5 reasons why you should learn it and how to learn Portuguese.

Learning Portuguese was one of the best decisions I have ever made (outside of moving to Brazil), the feeling of being able to not just communicate but express myself in Portuguese is indescribable.

Brazilian Portuguese is a passionate and romantic language, where the focus is on expressing yourself rather than following tons of grammar rules, making it the ideal learner’s language.

And combine the above with the fact that Brazilian people just love it when foreigners do everything they can to learn Portuguese, then you have a great recipe for language success.

When I first started and attempt at speaking to a Brazilian, something amazing happened.



UPDATE: Make sure to read the update at the end of the post!

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The Shortcut to Fast and Fun Portuguese Fluency

Learn Portuguese, Portuguese learning, trick to learn Portuguese fastBecoming fluent in Portuguese is a blast and can happen fast if you utilize 1 shortcut that only about 2% of Portuguese learners know about…

How would you like to fluently command Portuguese and be an amazing speaker?

You are about to enter the inside with the 2% of people who have successfully learned Portuguese fluently and receive our 1 shortcut leading to this snowball effect: a cheat sheet!

Before continuing, let me share something important that sheds light onto this shortcut and is tied directly into your Portuguese learning:

The idea that a snowball thrown down the side of a snowy hill builds in speed, size and momentum is a familiar metaphor.  Though, there is a very important side of this “effect” that people generally don’t talk about: how much snow the snowball leaves behind! (or we should leave behind when learning Portuguese?)

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3 Success Secrets Wealthy Brazilians Share (That You Need to Know)

sucessThere are 3 success secrets shared within Brazilian inner circles that will grant you inhibited influence and success.  They will get you a job, start you a career or grant you the connections you need to fulfill your dreams.

I would like to share these same 3 secrets that functioned to catapult me into the most influential circles with you today!

Before getting started, let me tell you how they recently helped me get into a tight-knit group of successful Brazilian entrepreneurs…

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LIB 005: The Cost of Living in Brazil, what You Really Pay

The cost of living in BrazilWhat should I really budget on spending per month in Brazil?

This is one of the biggest questions that people asked me and it’s pretty obvious why: it is important to have a realistic expectation of how much you will need to live off of per month in Brazil.

And after seeing the success of my post on the cost of living in Brazil, I’ve decided to go even deeper into and talk more detailed about how much things cost and why.

Not only that, in this podcast you will also be presented with things that you normally wouldn’t budget for that may not be necessary to pay for back home.

So sit back, listen and enjoy this episode.

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