Immigrant in Sweden - Empower yourself as an immigrant in Sweden.

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In Brazil, I had my bachelor and lived the life with full speed as an entrepreneur. I came to Sweden when I was 30 years old without the language, cultural understanding or contacts that could guide my entrepreneurial skills in this new context.
Start over from nothing is definitely challenging but it forced me to deepen my inner guidance and strengths. Nobody sees the skills you have only the stereotype as a soccer player, samba dancer or maybe a potential thief.


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After 8 years in Sweden, I can now summarize some do and don’t.
·     Don’t become a victim.
·     Don’t wait for anyone or any governmental system to help you
·     Don’t wait for the Swedish society to open doors, accept or recognize you
You will feel you need to adapt in a surprising way from the society. I didn’t want to come to Sweden doing a work I did not want to do. No one should do a work they don’t want to be doing.
The Swedish sociality needs your unique skills, background and point of view, you just need to claim your spot. 

The law of Jante

When you arrive here you will face the “Jantelagen”. Don´t take this personally. The law of Jante is like a sickness from the society, that is kept alive by the people suppressing each other to make everybody the same, but we are not the same, we are unique.
The law of Jante is:
1.   You're not to think you are anything special.
2.   You're not to think you are as good as we are.
3.   You're not to think you are smarter than we are.
4.   You're not to convince yourself that you are better than we are.
5.   You're not to think you know more than we do.
6.   You're not to think you are more important than we are.
7.   You're not to think you are good at anything.
8.   You're not to laugh at us.
9.   You're not to think anyone cares about you.
10.You're not to think you can teach us anything.
11. Perhaps you don't think we know a few things about you?


·     Step up and show how you are.
·     Be good, be outstanding!
·     Be aggressive in a positive way. Believe in yourself. Speak the Swedish you can and if you don’t know the language yet go with your English or the way you can communicate.
·     Produce, be productive!
Now you don’t feel like a victim. The Swedish are now listening to you. You are getting some attention. Some doors are opening.