Writing your destiny

Book store owner

It takes patience and hard work to grow a business.

I stumbled into a bookshop in Mal Deodoro, a neighbourhood in Sao Paulo (Brazil) where the owner has been selling books for 25 years. He started with a simple street stand selling magazines and books. In the last 6 years, he’s been renting a proper shop for 3000 reals a month, as well as a second shop that sells books and other electronic accessories.

Interior of the bookstore

Interior of the bookstore

His two sons help him with the business – he has no hired workers – and he gets his vast collection of used books from a variety of sources. He says that people typically come to him to sell their books, since they have known him for a long time, instead of him needing to actively source for books.

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More books on the street outside his bookshop

 “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” – Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder

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