At the tender age of 24, André Leonardo – the Azorean from Terceira Island – set off on a year-long journey around the world that would take him to 23 different countries. The goal was simple: he sought to discover joy and energy beyond the debt and crisis that were oh-so prominent back home towards the end of the noughties. Despite the state of the global economy, André was eager to meet positive-minded people who continued to pave their way through business and entrepreneurship. On his global adventure, he encountered inspiring innovators and business leaders from all walks of life, and despite their major differences when it comes to i.a. culture, politics, and economic state, they all had 3 things in common: a positive mindset, the ability to dream and the will to make it happen!
André Leonardo travelled alone to the 4 corners of the world taking only a backpack and a camera. He gathered inspiring entrepreneurship stories throughout his 126-thousand-kilometer journey and which he presents us in his book. Here the word entrepreneurship takes on a new meaning and definitely reveals itself as a lifestyle. An attitude towards life regardless of the environment and time we live in.
“I love to inspire people and to talk about what I love the most: Entrepreneurship as a lifestyle. My adventures have taken me to start my first business at the age of 6 years old, visit more than 40 countries, meet more than 200 entrepreneurs and CEO´s all over the world, featured in media all over the world, write a book “Make it Happen: Backpacking around the world to meet entrepreneurs and exciting new business ideas!”, talk to more than 30.000 people in different countries (Portugal, Spain, Nepal, Brazil and USA) and to host a TV series in Portugal” – André Leonardo
Hearing the inspiring true life stories of so many whilst rooting for Andre on his year long adventure leaves you reflecting on your own goals, asking how you too can take action and achieve them like so many others around the world who have done so in adverse conditions. Highly motivating with call to taking action, your left questioning “why not?”
This book gives us an invaluable insight into the different forms and interpretations of entrepreneurship around the world; from top performing CEOs of multinationals to necessity entrepreneurs in less developed areas, it has it all!
When I got this book, I couldn’t stop reading it! I read the whole think in 24h! It´s so interesting to see that the massive entrepreneurs and the little ones have so much in common. André, thank you so much for writing this book!