Just because you are born in your surroundings, doesn’t mean that you belong there.
Ever notice how in every litter of puppies that there is always 1 that is seemingly different?
Or how every now and then you buy some bananas and there is one that is larger then the others? Maybe that last example was a bad one….
The same is true for human nature and despite pushes to be all-inclusive in many countries, some of us just don’t feel included. These cultural “misfits” are like 4-leaf clovers: beautiful and lucky but yet don’t seem to belong with the rest of the 3-leaf crowd.
Maybe you feel like this 4-leaf clover and believe that you belong with other 4-leaf clovers too?
Or maybe you feel that Brazil’s your field of 4-leaf clovers and calling out to you but you don’t know exactly why – you are confused if it really is for you or not…
I am one of you and the above could easily have been about me. And for the longest time, I could not put words on exactly why I felt so good in Brazil and wanted to call it home from the get go.
Really, I could care less about the crime statistics, corruption and other draw back with the country – I loved (and love) being in Brazil!
Well, not too long ago the proverbial light turned on and the words came in abundance of why Brazil should be home: Brazil is my field of 4-leaf clovers.
Now my hope is that in defining these “signs”, it can serve to help end some of your confusion and bring you a step closer to your pursuit of happiness.
1. You Value Relationships over Tasks
“I want to move to Brazil, I need to get back to Brazil, how do I convince her to move back to Brazil?!”
This was my frustrating train of thought for years and to be honest, it irritated and frustrated my wife (understandably).
I had an undying passion for this sun-kissed country and couldn’t wait to be rejoined with it again, the problem was that my wife didn’t feel entirely the same. And I completely understood her as we had two small children and she was in the middle of a university education.
Logic and wisdom stated that we should wait out any move (if at all) but my heart told me the exact opposite.
I respected my wife’s concerns yet somehow a turn of events happened launching us into Brazil shortly thereafter!
How did I go from 0 chance of moving to Brazil to making it happen? Easy, by choosing to respect and motivate my wife…
Let me translate what I did into 5 easy to follow steps to help you get through the same struggle.
There I was, standing face-to-face with the smallest yet most expensive air conditioner I had ever seen in my life, all the while thinking “does this blow golden air or something?”.
And as my eyes were locked onto that 300% too high price tag out of sheer surprise, a sales assistant approached me and asked “Oi, tudo bem? Posso te ajudar?” (Hey, how’s it going? Can I help you).
Me: “uh…yeah…is that air conditioner so expensive because it’s imported?”
Sales assistant: “nope, it’s made in the tax free zone in Manaus!”
Me: (surprised) “then why does it cost so much?”
Sales assistant: “well…there are a lot of other taxes…”
Me: (thinking to myself) “If I would have known this, I would have purchased one back home for R$200 instead of R$749…”
Bottom line: I could have easily and legally avoided this inflated price tag if I knew what I’m about to tell you…
Ever wonder what the most important things are to consider when figuring out where to settle down in Brazil?
Well today we have a special guest blog post from Joe Naab, where he is going to give us the top 5 tips we should know for a scouting trip to Brazil.
Joe is probably one of the most active and successful members of the foreign community in Brazil, and I mention Joe and his expertise quite a bit on this site – he is really worth listening to. (you can see his contact info at the end of this post)
So without further ado, here are the 5 tips:
So many are interested in moving to Brazil but so few are able to due to three major factors holding them back.
And being behind the scenes of this website allows me to get a real picture of what these three factors are.
See, I get messages everyday from different people needing help with different Brazil related issues…
… and within these messages, there is a common theme that I’ve boiled down into being the three main factors keeping people like you from moving to Brazil.
These three factors are something I’ve had to overcome in the past and I am happy to share them with a solution for each today so that you won’t be hindered in moving to Brazil – here they are: