Thursday, May 14, 2009

Ordinary People like us can accomplish Extraordinary Feats

A man who was born in a straw hut in a city called Culiacan in the State of Sinaloa, in Mexico, sold ice and newspaper as a youth to get buy, lost his father at the age of seven years old; resulting from a bullet wound during the Mexican Revolution of 1910, as his father was a Zapatista. This young lad became the head of the household even though he had older siblings as he took on the role of being a leader early on willingly. He taught himself to read, write and speak Spanish and English by selling newspapers in Mexico and briefly in the USA he only had four years of formal education. Immigrated to America; as an undocumented worker, during the 1920's, and became a migrant farm worker. During World War II while working in the agricultural fields of the Imperial Valley in the California Desert and married with three kids, he was picked up by the Military a proudly served America though he was not a citizen; serving in the U.S. Navy. By virtue of his service in the Navy he became a US citizen. Subsequent, to the war the family continued to work in the agricultural fields of California, migrating from city to city throughout California going where ever the harvesting was taking place.

The family ended up with nine children six boys and three girls; two boys died at a young age one as an infant and the oldest in an automobile accident at the young age of 18 years old. He always was teaching them the core virtues and wisdom of life's core values of: honesty, love, hard work, integrity, trust, teamwork, and he always, always insisted on education. He believed that education was the way to success and progress. This ordinary man and his wife led the way and produced four college graduates; two that went to the University California System and two that went through the California State University System. Two that went beyond; to earn their Masters Degrees, one from the California State University System, and the other, from the University of Southern California. One out of the four went further to earn a Doctorate Degree from a California Private Business University in California. Now in my view this is an example of an ordinary man who accomplished a pretty extraordinary feat, few will ever know about this man yet a he produced men who worked for a Governor, Congressman, State Senator and State Assemblyman, Vietnam veteran, an Assistant Dean to a Medical School at a premier University in California, and educator they all have been quite successful in the careers and life's, this in my view is extraordinary feat by an ordinary man.

If We still think We are an ordinary middle class worker please think of our potential to do extraordinary feats in same 24 hrs which the richest and poorest have in this world.

Come shake yourself out of the slumber ..Wake up..Just Do It!!

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