Guilherme Paulus is one of Brazil’s most influential entrepreneurs. He is the owner and operator of GJP Hotels and Resorts. When he first began GJP there was not much of a market for hotels and resorts within the country of Brazil. He opened the doors to GJP in 1995. He started with only one hotel.
Since then, his hotel and resort business has grown exponentially. He has more than 95 thousand people walk through the doors of his hotels. His hotel and resort staff is up to 20 thousand people. One thing as an entrepreneur that he does over an over every day is he is grateful. He starts each day with gratitude.
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Another thing he does every day is to write down his weekly schedule and organize his week. This is one thing he would recommend everyone do. This helps Guilherme Paulus stay productive. As you might have guessed Paulus did not start out as a hotel and resort entrepreneur. His first business was that of a travel agency.
Paulus’ travel agency is named CVC. The name and idea for the travel agency did not come from him. Paulus was the one who put in all the work to get the business started. The investment for the business did not come from Guilherme Paulus, rather it came from his then partner. He met this business partner on a ferry ride. The man started a chat with young Guilherme Paulus, who at the time was an intern for IBM, about the desire to start a travel agency in Sao Paulo.
Paulus listened with intent. He decided the man’s offer was worth noting. When he decided to put the legwork into the business, it was one of the best decisions he had made in his life at the time. Paulus says that one mistake he has made as an entrepreneur is that he wanted to expand the travel agency to France. However, none of the French people knew it was a travel agency, the sign simply said CVC. The packages were expensive. Another mistake he made was hiring Brazilians to handle the operation and not the French.
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