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Enriquezca Su Vida
(Enriching Your Life)

A self-published book by Judge Lawrence Huerta
©1968.

translation by Anthony Nuño, 1999.

CHAPTER XVI:
"THE FERTILITY OF PERSEVERANCE AND CONCENTRATION"

"Never give in, never give in, never, never, never never, in nothing, great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense."

-- SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL

Once you have drafted a plan or project and you are firmly convinced it is a good idea, you must persist with determination and execute this plan.

You probably heard somebody say, "I had that idea before." You see this person is taking credit for other people's ideas. Maybe that's the way it was, but this person talking, simply acted and persisted. This person's tenacity and convictions did not allow him to waste the opportunity and there is no doubt he had to overcome obstacles. The following words were pronounced by Hindu leader, Nehru who faced obstacles which seemed invincible, "There is no magic in the world, except the magic of personality and the human mind. It takes time and perseverance to accomplish great things and such things can not be accomplished by a frail being." Occasionally one faces failures, but we should overcome them. Success does not come all of the sudden and without obstacles. Remember to give up is synonymous with losing.

Once you have drafted a plan you must stay with it twenty four hours a day, it must be part of you. Your plan is like a child who needs care and nourishment. When this plan grows and blooms into something beautiful and fulfilling this will be your reward.

Calvin Coolidge, an American President who experienced success, stated the following, "Nothing in the world can replace persistance, not talent, since there is nothing more common than an unlucky talented man, not ingenuity, and neither education, the world is full of unrecognized educated people. The fundamental issue is that we prepare ourselves to carry out our plans and projects, and one must persevere and concentrate until the right opportunity will take us to the peak of success."

There are some people who adopt an impossible project. Obviously, these people will have to revise or exchange it for another one more practical. Prudent people have learned that the only way to correct or destroy the flaws is to identify them first.

I never raised the white flag of defeat. On the contrary, I hung the flag of courage on the pole and fought desperately. I fought all the way until victory arrived. Success is the reward for perseverance and concentration, on the other hand, a half drafted plan leads to mediocrity.

Have you had the opportunity to read the article titled "A message to Garcia". This is one of the most famous short articles ever written and it says a lot. It was published in 1899. The content was based on a messenger named Rowan who was assigned the impossible task of delivering a message through enemy infested territory to General Garcia who was hiding in the caves up in the mountains. Rowan did not object. He accepted this mission and accomplished it with perseverance and concentration. Elbert Hubbard, the author of this article, incorporates this incident to point out the fact that so many people suffer from mediocrity, especially when they fail to accomplish their tasks. Here is an excerpt from this article:

"General Garcia is dead now, but there are other Garcias. No man who has endeavored to carry out an enterprise where many hands were needed, but has been well-nigh appalled at times by the imbecility of the average man - the inability or unwillingness to concentrate on a thing and do it. Slipshod assistance, foolish inattention, dowdy indifference, and half-hearted work seem the rule; and no man succeeds, unless by hook or crook, or threat, he forces or bribes other men to assist him; or mayhap, God in His goodness performs a miracle, and sends him an Angel of Light for an assistant."

Don't be part of this mass of indifferent individuals. Be like Rowan! Take a "message to Garcia."

True concentration seems to be a challenge for most people because we can not be experts on everything. Although, there are those who claim to be experts on everything, we can only concentrate on one thing at a time. Those who try to concentrate on many things are fooling themselves because they are only doing it superficially.

When one sticks to a project we consider our favorite, one feels the desire to completely concentrate on it. Occasionally, one would distance ourselves from it to rest our body and minds. However, we are always thinking about it since this project has become part of us. Perhaps this is the true secret of concentration. Also, we will discover easier ways to improve the project since our concentration is more spontaneous.

While I was selling insurance policies, I was being successful. I was making money rapidly and easily. The thought of remaining an insurance salesman was a tempting one since the possibilities of making money were increasing. However, after high school graduation, I had kept in some part of my mind the long term goal to attend college and learn a profession. This was a powerful incentive and it had become part of me, and I knew that it would bother me if I did not accomplish it. This was the reason why I discarded the temptation to remain a successful insurance salesman, and instead, I returned to school and concentrated on my educational goals which I had set out for myself. If this would not have happened, I would have defeated myself and contributed to the creation of anxieties and neurotic tendencies.

It is absolutely important that you understand the need to fulfill your desires, even when other people think of you as selfish. If your desire is noble, constructive and it does not harm others, you must accomplish it in order to fulfill yourself. It is possible that your friends, relatives or partners do not find your desires and projects appropriate for you, but remember, this is your desire and project. Do not allow others to make decisions for you. Perhaps, today they will not understand you and might be offended, but after you find the road to success, your friends and relatives will share your happiness.

Our life is like an individual project, even though we do share a lot of things with our fellow human beings. Nevertheless, when it comes to making decisions about our life, it should be our decisions. Of course, we should listen and consider other people's opinions, but the final decision should be ours. We should ask ourselves how do I serve myself and others better? This is not being selfish, but practical.

If somewhere in the past you had to give up your objectives and desires, then you would understand what I am trying to explain to you because you have experienced the frustration of having to give up your desires and objectives.

Undoubtedly, this frustration can bring you unhappiness and a rebellious attitude. Perseverance and complete concentration are vital elements for the accomplishment of any desire in life. We should make an effort to learn and practice them. Everything else will fall in place once we reach our objectives. Remember, if you persevere your rewards will be multiple.

DO YOU FEEL UNHAPPY AND DEFEATED?

Why? Have you discovered the cause and the lack of something which makes you feel that way? Are you planning to do something about it?

DO YOU BELIEVE IN SELF-FULFILLMENT?

Have you discovered your 'desire" which will bring you self-fulfillment?

WHEN YOU IDENTIFY YOUR OBJECTIVES:

Would you be able to ignore people's opinions, and instead fulfill your desires? If you are convinced that your desire is honest and won't harm anybody, are you willing to overcome obstacles and suffer difficulties in order to accomplish it?

ARE YOU PERSISTENT?

Are you taken aback when you face difficulties? Do you feel apathy when it comes to fighting? Are you afraid of responsibility?

CHAPTER XVII