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 III:
"THE CAPABILITY TO DIRECT"

"Let's learn to organize in such a way that inspires the will to obey"

-- GEN. JOHN M. SCHOFIELD

"He who loses control over his thoughts soon will lose control over his actions"
-- BISHOP WILSON

It is always a cause of admiration and rejoice when somebody steps forward to take control and become a leader. When I find somebody who has the ability to execute and direct, and also has the knowledge about what he has decided to do in life, I understand that this ability to direct and to be knowledgeable is nothing more or less than another dimension of his personality.

What is a leader? What is an executor? E.F. Girard said: "a few men were born leaders, the ability to lead is obtained through ability, action, experience and knowledge of facts and events, in addition to this, a good disposition to accept responsibility, dexterity to move forward among the rest of the people. Also, an open mind and a heart free of influences." I would dare to assure you that nobody is born a leader, these qualities must be acquired. A leader represents a mastership of the mentioned qualities.

What are the principal points of control that can be observed in practice? Above all, nobody can assure command until an urgent motive is laid out. What is this untangible matter and motives? V. Adler put it this way: "In life, the springs represent and function as the motives that impulse us to do things." At the same time, motive is determined by the point of view and a sense of merit.

We could also call it desire, or desire to acquire." The desire to acquire is a sweet sensation to the soul." The words by Napoleon Hill express it this way: "There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it." Through a strange and powerful principle of mental chemistry which has never been revealed, nature embraces us in a strong impulsive desire for that "something which does not recognizes the word impossible nor failure as a possible reality." The great Michaelangelo used to pray: "Oh Lord, allow me to always wish more than I could possibly reach." Having accomplished so much, imagine the immensity of Michaelangelo's desires.

What do you wish for? Do you feel a profound desire to accomplish it? Very well, that is exactly what places you in the human category. Study it, organize it, and carry it out.

Psychologists refer to this urgency and determination as motives and essential characteristics to become a leader. Urgency dies off when inadvertently one falls into a state of self-compliancy and satisfaction. Because of this, try to create new urgencies and desires that motivate you. A persistent state of dissatisfaction is essential in order to keep wishing and obtaining.

The second requirement is faith, it is indispensable that before taking command that one develops a profound and unshakeable faith in oneself and in one's faculties in order to face any situation. E.F. Girard assured the following: "Faith is the spinal cord of all talents, it is the internal flame that embraces self-confidence, optimism and enthusiasm." When a person has an idea or project, but it was never planned or rehearsed, then it becomes a step backwards. A leader owns a faith which is bigger than all those around him, and this faith engenders faith. When everything has been said and done, man prefers to follow a leader, only a few have faith in themselves and this faith pushes them into accomplishing things they are capable of doing; instead, we make up excuses and prefer to leave our destiny in the hands of somebody else. Our faith does not equate our capabilities, thus, we prefer to rely on a stronger person who can provide the spark which triggers the apparatus in charge of our functioning.

It is something awesome to be associated with someone with profound convictions in his faith. Whoever this leader is has the faith, and consequently, he inspires those around him. An absence of faith creates a static atmosphere, but when there is an abundance of faith, the plans and projects are stimulated and moved forward successfully.

I remember when I was a boy, I scored big while in my first route as a newspaper boy. It was so successful that I considered taking a second route. Finally, I obtained three more routes. Of course, I had to work more hours and had to supervise other boys who wanted to work for me. I added responsibilities because I had faith in myself. Some people interpreted my ambition as arrogance and as a result, two routes were taken from me. This happened during the depression and consequently, they judged me as greedy, but I thought of myself as successful. At the time, I was sorry to lose the two routes, but later in life, I understood that during that short time, I had become successful. I knew how to be successful because I had increased my faith in the pursuance of something else.

Benevolence, as a positive attitude, can be considered as a third requirement to be a leader.

"I wish a life where I can show affection or perform a good deed on a fellow man, and allow me to do it now, and not postpone nor neglect it because I will never cross this road again." These words were said by a benevolent and kind man: William Penn. It takes such a small effort to be kind to others, nevertheless, this small effort provides one of the biggest rewards: Self-satisfaction.

Inspiration is a source of great happiness, but even greater happiness is when we inspire others. Carlyle remarked on a certain occasion: "Without affection there can't be rejoicing." A smile always triumphs over a grim face. A word of sympathy is greater than a tear. Motivation generates a tremendous response which is not always critical. It is better to behave in a pleasant manner rather than in a constant state of gloom. A stimulating smile at the appropriate moment can be a ray of light for a budding flower, it can be decisive moment in life's struggles. Happiness overcomes misfortune. An optimistic perspective will lighten up the daily routine. O.S. Marden advised us: "There is no investment you can make which will pay you so well as the effort to scatter sunshine and good cheer through your establishment." A leader knows this, consequently, he motivates and encourages those who come in contact with him in the roads of life. If you want to be one of these leaders, then, you need to be a benevolent person as well as understanding, because being understanding is the fourth requirement. You should have the skills in how to instruct and the responsibilities it implies. The one in control knows how to command and never is narrow minded. Does he know how to negotiate? Of course he does, but always remember, that if you pay a low price expect a low quality. When he closes a deal, he does it amicably, never angrily or in a stressful manner. He is too noble to be deceitful, or to fight about superficialities. It can be said that the true leader is absolutely tough, but just. He understands human nature because he knows himself.

The fifth requirement is the ability to have a vision, he dreams and dreams, but his dreams are never unobtainable. He works on them and makes sure they become real. It is written in the Bible "Where there is no vision, people will perish." A leader possesses a wide range or vision, he can foresee the final victory, while his fellow men only see failure. His imagination precedes months of action. Einstein assured this: "Imagination is more important than knowledge," and this was written by Zu Tavern: "The successful person has imagination." The biggest thing in the world is the person. The biggest thing in the person is the soul. The biggest thing in the soul is the creating force: Imagination. All progress and all heroic actions are the result of the history of imagination. All leaders project their target in the future: what is probable, and even the desire to conquer the impossible. He is conscious that the aim should be bigger than the act itself. He knows he will climb the highest peaks, he knows he will climb these highest peaks to widen the horizons and to bring forward bigger challenges that he will have to overcome. His soul demands more, more. Vision is the fuel for the fire of enthusiasm. Harold Sherman stated: "Some of the world's greatest geniuses were self-educated men and women, they themselves visualized success and triumphed over disadvantages. First, they reached the pinnacle of success through execution and knowledge of their inner strengths and how to use them to their advantage."

The sixth requirement is the perseverance in the objectives. Disraeli expressed: "The secret of success is constancy to purpose."

The plans can be altered but not the main objectives which is the guiding star for the old wise man. Let's do what Emerson suggested: "Hitch your wagon to a star." The wrapping or exterior does not matter, because the steel fiber of the inflexible objectives is what is inside.

Consequently, the fundamental threads that hold together the essence and the constitution of a lucky leader are:

1. Urgency, desire and motivation

2. Faith

3. Goodness

4. Understanding

5. Vision

6. Consistency in the Objectives

Through these individualistic elements we will know a true leader. A leader is the one who is able to assure leadership to practice these elements and he does not get lost at the bottom, but instead he rises above in a remarkable manner and contrast.

There is something in which each individual has an absolute and intrinsic control: his mental attitude.

DO YOU WISH TO BE AN EXAMPLE AND INSPIRATION TO OTHERS?

What level of vision, goodness, understanding and perseverance do you possess?

DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A GOOD LEADER, EXECUTOR AND BOSS?

Do you possess the rare quality to recognize the talent in others?

ARE YOU AWARE OF THE LEVEL OF YOUR OWN ABILITIES?

What new knowledge and techniques do you need to acquire to improve your abilities?

CHAPTER IV