Success is no accident...

February 2020

Wherever I travel, it is an absolute pleasure and a privilege to meet with our people from around the world.

There is no better way of getting to really know the people in our network than spending time with them face to face; learning about their practices, their specialisms, discussing their challenges, and helping address strategic initiatives for the future.

In particular, I enjoy very much my visits to Latin America, where I am always met with such positive energy. We had a fantastic meeting in Panama; and this was sandwiched between two most productive trips to Russell Bedford offices in the region.

My first trip to Montevideo reaffirmed for me what a fabulous firm Russell Bedford has in Uruguay; a motivated young team led by two ambitious and inspiring managing partners.

I was also delighted to visit two of their important and rapidly expanding clients in the IT sector; a sector in which our firm has incredible expertise and experience.

After our conference in Panama City, I then travelled to Porto Alegre to visit the principle office of our Brazilian firm, who represents the network in the 7 largest cities of Brazil.

Having met incredibly motivated and ambitious people, my plane journey home got me thinking of inspirational quotes from Brazilians.

“You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.” (Paulo Coelho, Brazilian author)

I’m sure several can relate to this; rising from a low point in life.

He also said “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”  This is very true! All great achievements come from not being afraid to take big risks.

Brazilian football legend, Pelé said “Success is no accident”, and I strongly agree our actions lead to our success.

“We're growing every day, getting stronger in every way; I'll take you to a place, where we shall find our Roots....”

(Ok, not so familiar to most... but lyrics from Brazilian metal band, Sepultura).  I’d say this expresses life’s journey; growing, becoming stronger, but trying not to forget our values and where we came from.

(So, there you go... Literature meets Soccer meets Metal!)

Porto Alegre means “Joyful harbour”.

My time with Russell Bedford Brasil afforded me the opportunity to meet talented people with ambition (no sense of fear of failure, in a large yet troubled economy doing its best to keep afloat & to progress), and discuss strategic action plans for success, growth & strength; with plenty of joy in true Brazilian tradition!

Author: Stephen Hamlet

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