Book Make It Happen


Make It Happen is about an extreme mission where André Leonardo went backpacking around the world to meet entrepreneurs and exciting new business ideas!

He 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.

  • World Tour | 1 year | 23 countries | 126 thousand km;
  • Inspiring stories from entrepreneurs all over the world;
  • One of the five books every entrepreneur should read!“, Tim Vieira (SharkTank investor);
  • Kibera Story is one top travel stories from the 2015 edition of Around the World in 80 Pages by Navigator Company;
  • +8.000 books sold.
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At age 24, the Azorean from Terceira Island André Leonardo set off on a journey around the world which would take him to 23 different countries. His goal was simple: to seek energy and joy beyond the «crisis» and the «debt», to establish contact with positive people, to let himself be swept away by business and life entrepreneurs, to learn from people who overcame all kinds of adversities and who, not only created companies and promoted new projects, but also made it happen by facing the present and the future with optimism and ability to dream. It was crucial to gather the cases happening all over the world, in different societies, cultures and radically different political and economic settings, and yet all connected by the same will to make it happen.

– Bel Pesce, a Brazilian entrepreneur who, against all odds, got in MIT, set up her own company and became, at a very young age, one of the most influential people in Brazil, because of her moving-forward spirit.

– Ricardo Teixeira, a Portuguese man who, even after being left paraplegic, continued to fight in order to achieve his aims, worked at the giant Microsoft and set up his own successful company, which currently employs 60 people.

– The young man from Tanzania who became a motivational speaker after having taught himself as a child how to make his own electrical installation at home from books he requested from the local library.

– The story of the Indian “Cristiano Ronaldo” who, in order to survive, became an ear-cleaning professional and, in a particularly harsh reality, was able to make a living.

These are some of the inspiring stories you can find in the book Make It Happen. Stories that André Leonardo gathered throughout his 126-thousand-kilometer journey and which he presents us in his book, where the word entrepreneurship takes on a new meaning and definitely reveals itself as a lifestyle and as an attitude towards life regardless of the environment and time we live in.


One world tour
During 1 year André visited 23 countries – Portugal, Czech Republic, Israel, Palestine, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, India, Nepal, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, USA, Canada and England

Inspiring entrepreneurs
The story behind the entrepreneur. What is his story? What´s his favorite quote? How many hours did he need to make his dream come true? Where, how and why? In this book, you will find the most inspirational entrepreneurship stories that André gathered all over the world.

Life-changing experiences!
In this book you can find the most valuable lessons André’ve learnt filled with travelling and inspiration. One of this amazing experiences, “Put things into perspective” (Kibera story) was nominated “One of the best 80 stories from around the world” by the Navigator Company

Extreme Mission!
André sold everything he owned and looked for sponsors (only 7 said ‘yes’ out of 97). With a very short budget and with no money for accomodation or food he decided to go anyway. During this mission he lost almost 10kg, slept on the streets and was robbed. But he made it happen.

Reviews book Make It Happen

Mário Ferreira, CEO Douro Azul & SharkTank investor
“A tribute to entrepreneurs around the world!”
Tim Viera, CEO Bravegeneration & SharkTank investor
“One of the five books every entrepreneur should read!
Ryan Johnson, Oxford – England
“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?’ ”
Siddharth Choksi, Madrid – Spain
“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!”
Jorge Fonseca, Lisbon – Portugal
“When I got this book Make It Happen, 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!”

Peso 1 kg
Dimensões (C x L x A) 15.9 × 1.4 × 23.2 cm


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