Monday, November 3, 2014

How Janine Hall almost blew it all in Brazil, but found fortune in Bali

Failing early would seem to be a discouraging event for most entrepreneurs, but it saved Janine Hall from financial disaster and set her on the path to success.

The former retail executive threw caution to the winds when she ditched her dream corporate job and flew off to Brazil to open a women-only yoga retreat.

But almost as soon as she landed in the country, she realised the omens were not good. She had set her heart on opening in the north of Brazil, a popular destination for water sports. However, a string of crimes against Americans in the area had frightened away tourists and a subsequent re­organisation of flight schedules meant visitors would have to add an extra eight hours to their journey to get there. She also discovered the area lacked people with ex­perience in yoga and spa treatments.

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