Judge Lawrence Huerta: Enriching Our Lives
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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 XXI:
"THE SATISFACTION OF ACHIEVEMENT"

"The things we pray for, good Lord, give us grace to labor for."

-- SIR THOMAS MORE

Of all the countless people that I have met in the business world, three people have excelled and proved themselves as masters in accomplishing objectives.

These three individuals have remained in my mind since I have personally known them, and I will make some observations regarding their success.

Each of these three individuals in some respect is a success but also a failure. When I studied them carefully, I was surprised at the fact that these individuals had far more defects than the average individual and in spite of these, they reached such success that almost overshadowed their defects. For instance, one of these individuals has the most violent temper that I have ever known. The second one is the dullest person that one can ever imagine and the third is a very selfish person. This is the reason why I think these individuals are failures, and I believe that you will agree with me that these negative traits can ruin a career of an ordinary person. But in their case, they were able to reach success in spite of their defects. What condition has allowed them to excel? What characteristics can one admire despite the failures of these individuals? Upon reflecting, we can conclude that they must possess superlative qualities which contributed to their success. All those individuals share these virtues, even though they do not know each other, and have different kinds of businesses. There are a lot of similarities among them and in their life. All of them have a progressive vision of the future. Also, all of them had difficulties in their lives and were challenged economically but not spiritually. As a of matter of fact one told me that once he intended to commit suicide. As you can see, these individuals, just as you and I and the majority of us, at one time had nothing. But today, I do not know anybody who has to work as little as they do. One of the most prosperous arrives at his work at 8:30 and leaves by 10:30 a.m. This was not always the case. In the past I did not know anybody who worked as hard as these three individuals. How did they reach their present successful and triumphant situation?

First, they advanced economically in a gradual manner, just like any other person who works long hard hours. Also, consciously and unconsciously they learned the art of duplicating their efforts. Possibly, they learned this discipline from others or maybe it was something innate to them. In the same manner, they mastered the slogan "let's go forward," and they learned to delegate work to others.They also trained others in this manner, and today this spirit and these principles have been followed and promoted by others who have taken these principles to other heights. How were these three individuals able to inspire their followers? Here are the five secrets:

1. Since these individuals had vision of the future, their followers were forced to grasp this vision.

2. This secret pertains to the aspect of properly rewarding employees. These individuals informed me that sometimes they granted higher rewards to their employees than to themselves. The reason is that they felt employees should be motivated to perform well. Especially when the boss is absent from work, the well trained and loyal employees will efficiently perform their duties. In this manner, these visionary individuals asserted their invisible and firm hand in all aspects of their business.

3. These three leaders allowed their "followers" to participate in all benefits.

4. Each individual is a man of "facts."

5. Each of these leaders is a true and firm boss in all senses of the word, a true red blood and a skillful communicator. A man of action will receive his rewards but not the lazy employee. In other words, the rewards depend upon the merits. There will be a pat on the back or a kick in the pants. I arrived at the conclusion that the following five virtues possessed by these three individuals overcame the negative traits in their personalities:

  1. The ability to communicate a great vision.
  2. They pay generous salaries.
  3. Participation and satisfaction with the benefits received.
  4. They are men of action.
  5. They are firm bosses.

I will assure you, you too can fulfill your objectives just like an expert and you will be able to confirm this. But you will have to pay the price, that is if you work hard towards achieving the mentioned virtues. Consequently, you can learn to train, delegate and inspire others, so they can take care of minor tasks. Then you can have the freedom to perform the large tasks. Additionally, you will be able to generously compensate your employees - if not with money with praise and enthusiasm. By becoming a master of your destiny, you will have a great vision, infinite faith and your actions will be courageous, and you will become a good and firm boss.

Convince yourself that you can master these virtues and that you can become a great master in the accomplishments of your objectives. If you refuse to accept these virtues, I assure you that all the examples of past and future philosophers and the memories of great men and women will not prevent you from falling in an unlucky deplorable situation.

Always remember: "BELIEVE AND YOU WILL SEE JOY AS AN ETERNAL REWARD"

WOULD YOU LIKE TO FEEL THE JOY OF ATTAINING YOUR GOALS?

Are you willing to fight to achieve them? Do you agree that if you truly believe in your goals and objectives, there will be no obstacles that will stop you?

WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL OBJECTIVES?

How far are you from its accomplishments? How do you confirm it?

ARE YOU PRESENTLY DEVELOPING YOUR CAPABILITIES?

How can you make yourself more qualified? Have you achieved the art of knowing how to increase your efforts?

ARE YOU CONVINCED OF YOUR POTENTIAL?

You are the master of your destiny. No? Why don't you try? If you have a sincere desire and a strong will, you can achieve it.

CHAPTER XXII