Category Archives: Business

Life Planning

Today I want to share with you, some excel models for planning your life. It is pretty easy, and you can change it anytime during your life, either you have reached a goal, or simply want to change it. I find myself revising mine many times during the year.

Please note that the below files are examples only, and are really not related with my personal life. But it is a good starting point if there is anything you want to improve in your life.

Download it and rewrite it as you wish ūüėÄ

Planejamento de Vida (português) Рexcel file

Life Planning (english) – excel file

Thank you, see you soon!

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If you can not do great things, do small things in a great way

I started this post with a quote from Napoleon Hill, and I confess I have heard this quote the first time when I was still at university.

“If you can not do great things, do small things in a great way” – Napoleon Hill

By that time, at the end of Uni I wanted so much to do something great. And I guess everyone had that felling once. Either a project, a top grade, a compliment from mentors. But just do something bigger, different than others. When you are under your mentor’s guidance that seams quite easy to ask for orientation. And even out of the Uni, on your private life, it seams like no mater where you go, you are always doing the right thing…

But after a few accomplishments, you are left alone with your certificate – or not – in this brave new world you have just discovered. And it might really be an outstanding world specially at the beginning. But after a few years, you need to remember to stay sharp. Keep learning. Keep achieving your goals. Keep thinking out of the box.

This post in fact is just to share with you the way I found out how to keep searching for contents of my interest and the best way (for me) to return something to community.

Here are two links that made my life feel much more worthy (well, we all go through difficult phases where we need to feel better with ourselves to realize how worthy we are to have the life we live). It certainly gave me a better feeling of fulfillment after I accomplished these goals.

There it goes:

‚ô¶ alison.com – a platform that shares many options of courses and even grants certificates from the world’s best universities. FOR FREE.

‚ô¶ unv.org – United Nations Volunteer, a platform that allows you to join forces with the United Nations and help to spread peace around the globe. You can choose to collaborate online for a long or short term. Be a volunteer.

The key is that regardless of getting a certification, you don’t need to prove to the world how much you have improved, but the world (or the way you see it) will show you how much you have changed. Do not place limits to yourself, because nobody around you is doing so!

It is so easy to complain that things are not going the way you have planned in your life. But I found out that little changes can really turn into a great result. Don’t attach yourself to the bigger picture, just keep doing the small things on the way of improvement and one day you might realize that they were the great things.

The tips above are such small things, but I bet you will feel more personally fulfilled if you achieve some goals offered by these tools. Or any other… Mindset to improve little by little. Everyday.

To complete, here are some other mindsetting thoughts that I like ‚ô•

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Planning your Business Trip to China

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It is your time to visit China for a business trip, but you do not want to miss the opportunity to check some turistic places. Why not visit the Giant Buddah in Hong Kong, or the casinos in Macau?

Whether you are an expert on travelling to find good business opportunities, or are planning a first adventure through China, it is worth to check out this important tips. With this, and future posts, I hope to bring some useful information for the curious or the ones that are organizing the agenda, so you can rest assure that you will take the best advantage out of such a (tiring) trip.

Specially if you are going to the South of China (region of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Hong Kong, etc) you cannot miss this hints.

1 – Organize your agenda on a strategic way

(a) Study the map of China (yes, believe you in me, I have seen many senior business people failing in such a primary item) and make a list of which cities you must visit.

(b) Do a good research for the flights schedule to define the route that best suits you.

(c)¬†You may ask the factories that you are visiting to fit into your schedule, as possible. If you don‚Äôt know it yet, they have more¬†interest in receiving you than you in paying a visit. In some good cases they will do all the efforts to receive you, even if the time of your visit didn’t fit very well on their opening time.¬†Generally speaking, the Chinese people receive very well the foreigners during the business trip, and in some cases will warmly assist a foreigner. They know that you¬†really do not understand a thing, and that you will appreciate ($$$) the¬†help.

2 – Prepare a 2 entrance visa

This tip is the golden star in your schedule! Your business trip may include a bit of leisure and sightseeing among so many meetings and appointments. Especially if your trip is to the South of China, if you have the chance, ask for a visa with 2 entries. This way you can go inside China to visit the factories and exhibitions, and still visit the special areas outside mainland China, such as Hong Kong and Macau (or even Taiwan). With a second entrance allowed, you can return to mainland China a second time and meet your last appointments.

Did you already get your visa and were only allowed 1 entry? There is still some hope. In case that you have only 1 entry, you can enjoy Hong Kong and Macau the same way! You just need to step by whenever you do not need to enter China again, such as flights or any other appointment inside China. Plan ahead!

3 ‚Äď Currency

Be reminded that the special zones of China use different currency systems difering from mainland China. They are more devalued, that’s why it is always best to take a portion of the local currency in cash with you. Look for the best exchange rate and consider to change from USD to the local coins, rather than from RMB to the local currency, since (sometimes) the money lost in the transaction is bigger if done from RMB.

Is it your first trip to China? The first contact with the factories? Thinking whether or not you should travel alone? Do you need more information about Canton Fair?

So stay tuned for the next posts!

See you around!

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Planejando sua viagem à China

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Você está indo para a China a negócios, mas não quer perder a oportunidade de conhecer alguns pontos turísticos interessantes, em meio à agenda lotada. Por que não visitar o Buda gigante de Hong Kong, ou então os casinos de Macau?

Seja voc√™ expert em¬†viajar garimpando oportunidades de neg√≥cios, ou¬†est√° programando uma primeira aventura pela China, vale a pena rever essas¬†dicas importantes.¬†Com este, e futuros posts, espero trazer algumas informa√ß√Ķes √ļteis para os curiosos, ou aqueles que¬†est√£o organizando sua agenda e pretendem tirar o maior proveito dessa viagem (cansativa).

Especialmente se você está indo para o Sul da China (região de Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Hong Kong, etc) não pode deixar de conferir essas dicas:

Divulgação

1- Organize a agenda de maneira estratégica

(a) Estude o mapa da China (sim, vejo muitos sêniors de viagem pecando neste quesito tão primário) e liste quais cidades você vai precisar visitar.

(b) Pesquise bem os horários de voos para decidir qual a rota que se adeque melhor para você.

(c) Faça as fábricas se adaptarem ao seu cronograma Рna medida do possível. Se você não sabia, as fábricas têm muito mais interesse em recebê-lo do que você em visitá-los. Em alguns casos de empresas boas, eles irão fazer o possível para atender você, mesmo que o horário de sua visita não seja muito adequado. De maneira geral, os chineses recebem muito bem os estrangeiros viajando a negócios, e irão auxiliar um estrangeiro com bastante hospitalidade. Eles sabem que você não entende nada por aqui, e que apreciará ($$$) o auxílio.

2- Prepare um visto de 2 entradas

Essa dica √© a estrela dourada que voc√™ vai colocar no seu cronograma!¬†Sua viagem a neg√≥cios pode incluir um pouco de turismo e¬†lazer em meio √† agenda lotada. Principalmente se sua viagem for para o Sul da China, se tiver condi√ß√Ķes, pe√ßa um visto para a China com 2 entradas. Com isto, voc√™¬†pode entrar na China para visitar as feiras e f√°bricas e depois dar uma “voltinha” fora da China,¬†nas¬†zonas especiais de Hong Kong e Macau (ou at√© mesmo Taiwain). Com um visto de¬†2 entradas, voc√™ pode retornar para a China uma segunda vez e finalizar a visitas que conseguiu agendar com outras f√°bricas.

Já tirou o seu visto, e conseguiu apenas uma entrada? Nem toda esperança está perdida. Caso só tenha uma entrada, pode aproveitar da mesma maneira Hong Kong ou Macau! Basta passar por elas quando já não precisar mais pegar nenhum voo (ou qualquer outro compromisso) dentro da China. Planeje!

3 – Moedas

Lembre-se de que as zonas especiais da China utilizam sistema monetário diferente do utilizado na China continental. Elas são mais desvalorizadas, por isso é bom você sempre levar uma porção da moeda local para utilizar lá. Procure pela melhor cotação, e considere trocar de USD para a moeda local, do que de RMB para a moeda local, uma vez que (às vezes) a taxa de perda na movimentação do RMB, é maior. Consulte as taxas de conversão do dia.

√Č a sua primeira visita √† China? Primeiro contato com as f√°bricas? Est√° pensando se deve ou n√£o vir sozinho? Quer saber mais sobre a feira de Guangzhou (Canton Fair)?

Então fique ligado nos próximos posts!

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