If you haven’t heard of Carlos Slim you might want to do research on one of the most successful and wealthiest people in Mexico. The 79-year-old studied engineering at the National Autonomous University (UNAM) in Mexico before embarking on his own journey and founding multiple companies in the financial, industrial, telecommunications, and media sectors, among others. Slim now controls more than 200 companies in Mexico and is one of the largest stockholders of The New York Times. He was even ranked #5 on Forbes Richest Billionaire list this year, cementing his status as the richest man in Mexico.
With this much success there is no doubt that Slim has words of wisdom when it comes to making it big. Here are some quotes to help motivate when you need that extra push, enjoy!
1. “Firm and patient optimism always yields its rewards.”
With everything in life, patience is key. As Latinos we know this too well in different daily scenarios. Whether it’s waiting in long taco lines or simply counting down till the weekend begins, Slim knows there’s a purpose for patience.
2. “Success is not about doing things well or even very well, or being acknowledged by others.”
Sometimes success in our lives can be a very tricky thing. We picture things a certain way in our heads of what we expect it to be but few times does the outcome look that way. The only thing we should seek when pursuing our goals is satisfying ourselves and nobody else. But making our mom proud doesn’t hurt either.
3. “Do not allow negative feelings and emotions to control your mind.”
Nowadays, it’s hard to deflect negativity out of our lives. Whether it’s coming from social media, friends and even our own family (looking at our tias and tios). We need to learn to block out these bad messages from our lives and not dictate how we act and live our lives.
4. “If you are in business, you are not enjoying. You are working.”
When Slim was asked if he would ever consider buying the New York Yankees, this was his answer. But Carlos was right. It’s hard at times to separate work from fun but with any type of successes in life, it’s about finding the true balance.
5. “Shorter workweeks are a solution to civilization shifts.”
Imagine instead of a 5-day workweek, we got could get an even longer weekend. It makes sense and studies have proven that shorter workweeks lead to even happier employees. We can already imagine those 3-day-weekends filled with more time to grill that carne asada. I think that’s something all Latinos can truly get behind.
6. “When you give, do not expect to receive.”
We’ve all been at this point in our lives when we might expect something in return for a good deed. Even in the form of karma or some good positivity our way. But this shouldn’t always be the case. We need to learn to give and help without expecting anything. Doing good things for the sake of doing it is all that truly matters. So when you pick up your little brother from soccer practice, do it because you live him not to get a favor in return.
7. “Twitter is not a way to negotiate.”
Social media should not always be our starting point when it comes to communication. Slim said this in regards to Donald Trump and his endless Twitter rants but he also has a point when it comes to the way we communicate.
8. Any personal crisis – you have to use it to get stronger.
Through any struggle in life we have to try to look at things in a positive way. Whether its not getting your dream job or simply missing out on Taco Tuesday with friends, it’s the tough days that make us stronger in the long run.
9. “I believe that we have to find means for all desirable things to be universally accessible.”
There are basic essentials as humans that we should all be able to have access to. That includes healthcare, food and housing. For Latinos this must also include burritos, of course. We can only imagine a world where we have no access to some of our favorite snacks. Quite frankly, we don’t want to live in that world.
10.”All times are good times for those who know how to work and have the means to do so.”
People live their lives through certain principles and standards that guide them. This one of Carlos’s most prominent lines in regards to hard work and finding peace through it. Yes that means solace when your mom asks to do do gardening work or mop the floors. It’s just all about finding that balance and purpose.
11. “Mistakes are normal and human. Make them small, accept them, correct them, and forget them.”
It’s been said time and time again, humans make mistakes. But the hard part is letting it go and learning from them going forward. As Latinos, it’s about pulling up our boot straps and giving it all with ganas. Even if we fail, it’s okay. It’s about how we move going forward.
12. “The biggest things in life are not materials.”
Yeah that new IPhone or car sounds like a really cool investment but that’s not what life should be about. Carlos knows a bit about investments as one of the most wealthiest guts around. But don’t just take his word for it. Invest in yourself, whether that be a vacation or lunch with an old friend. It’s those things that last a lifetime.
13. “Guilt and fear make the present difficult and obstruct the future. To fight them, let us have good sense and accept ourselves as we are, with our realities, our merits, and our sorrows.”
The worst thing is when our heads are clouded with negativity and just can’t seem to shake it off. But that’s the reality some of us face everyday and the best action is reassure where we stand on this planet and accept these bad days from the good days.
14. “It’s important to give a better country to your children, but it is more important to give better children to your country.”
Our parents taught us right growing up and that means giving us the knowledge to treat others with respect. The only way we can create an even better world is by teaching our own children the same thing.
15. “I think that anything that has privileges have responsibility and all people that is clear about their responsibility has compromise.”
When we assume new responsibilities in life, it can be hard. Like when our parents leave you with their car to take care of or when your boss gives you a new role. It’s all about acknowledging these new roles and learning to compromise with yourself.
16. “Staying occupied displaces preoccupation and problems, and when we face our problems, they disappear.”
Keep busy. That’s the key to staying away from life being stale and running into unnecessary problems. So that means helping our your primo with that project or lending a hand to your abuela in the kitchen. Trust us on this one.
17. “Well, when I was very young, maybe 12 years, I began to make investments.”
It’s truly never too early to make a lifelong investment that will benefit you in the long run. So, yes take up that idea you’ve been neglecting or that job you’ve always wanted to apply to. You just never know what could happen.
18. “At the end we depart with nothing. We leave behind only our work, family, and friends, and, perhaps, a positive influence which we have planted.”
How do you want to be remembered when you leave this earth? It’s a tough question we all think about at times. In reality, it’s what we do now and today that only matters when we’re gone.
19.”In this new wave of technology, you can’t do it all yourself, you have to form alliances.”
Technology is moving quick and at times we forget where we stand in it all. This means reaching out to strangers, making those social relationships and not losing sight of reality.
20.“Courage taught me no matter how bad a crisis gets… any sound investment will eventually pay off.”
Ever lose a wallet or even take a financial hit? It happens but it’s all about how we get up from these low moments and getting that courage to bounce back. Yes, getting dumped isn’t the best feeling but we’ve all been there and can assure you there is a tomorrow.
21.”With good perspective of history we can have a better understanding of the past and present, and thus a clear vision of the future.”
Our story is our background. It’s important to know this and get a perspective of where we come from. So be sure to listen when your papa talks about his childhood or your tio who won’t stop telling stories of his upbringing. These are the tales of your history that will help you understand the future.
If you are a Latino living in the United States, you’ve probably heard the name César Chávez. He was one of the first freedom fighters that advocated for the rights of farm workers, many of which had Mexican heritage. César Chávez is an icon of Chicano identity and still a source of inspiration for civil rights advocates and for those who use reason to fight injustice.
Here are 21 facts about one of the most amazing Latino community leaders of all time.
He was born in Yuma, Arizona.
His full birth name is César Estrada Chávez (yes, he took on his mom’s last name) and he was born on March 31, 1927.
He had five siblings and grew up in an adobe house.
César Chávez knew what it was to live precariously from a very early age. His family owned a ranch, but they lost the land during the Great Depression. They also lost the family home and so.
His parents moved the family from Arizona to California in search of work like many families.
César Chávez’s parents, Juana Estrada and Librado Chávez were forced to move to California, where they became migrant farm workers. They faced many tribulations picking peas, lettuce, cherries, grapes, and beans.
César Chávez became a farm worker, and thus his life as an activist began.
When he was a teenager he found the great solidarity that he showed for his whole life. He and is sister volunteered to drive fellow farmers to the doctor when they needed to be looked after. He soon discovered that things are better achieved when community members help each other.
He dropped out of school in seventh grade.
Young César Chávez couldn’t go to school while his mother worked the fields, so he left his formal education and became a full-time farmer.
He worked on farms until he joined the United States Navy in 1942.
The experience was quite negative. César Chávez had hoped to translate the skills he learned in the military to his civil life. He served for two years only during World War II.
1952: an activist and pop culture star was born.
César Chávez worked en el campo non-stop until 1952 when he became an organizer for the Community Service Organization, a group that looked after Latino rights. In this role he met Fred Ross, an experienced community organizer and the rest, as they say, is history. He urged voters to work and protested industry malpractices.
He founded the National Farm Workers Association with Dolores Huerta.
Just 10 years after starting his activist efforts, César Chávez founded the NFWA with fellow Mexican-American activist Dolores Huerta. This dynamic duo revolutionized farmers’ conditions in the United States and started an era of non-violent protest against powerful corporations and government wrongdoings.
With Dolores Huerta by his side, he led a historic strike in the grape industry.
The year was 1965 and the conditions were ripe for a great leap in the workers’ rights movement. With Huerta, César Chávez organized a consumer boycott against Californian grapes until labor conditions were improved for grape pickers. The strike made the national headlines and even Robert F. Kennedy supported the movement.
In 1966 the lucha expanded to Texas and farm owners were terrified.
César Chávez is mostly known for his activism in California, but his legacy has impacted the whole country. In 1966 similar movements started in Texas and the Midwest, where César Chávez’s legacy led to the formation of unions such as Obreros Unidos in Wisconsin and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee in Ohio.
César Chávez and United Farm Workers organized the largest strike in U.S. history with results.
Known as the Salad Bowl Strike, it happened in the early 1970s and consisted in a series of strikes and boycotts demanding higher wages for grape and lettuce workers. In order to support the strike, César Chávez fasted as a form of non-violent demonstration.
He was influenced by Mahatma Gandhi.
After that, César Chávez used fasting as a form of protest. He fasted, for example, when Arizona prohibited boycotts and strikes by farm workers. He was inspired by Catholic doctrine and by the non-violent forms of resistance made popular by Gandhi when resisting British rule in India.
He was a family man.
When he returned from his service in the military he married his high school novia, Helen Fabela. They moved to San Jose and had eight children.
He was a vegan.
Long before the vegan movement gathered full force, he was a vegan, both because he fought for animal rights and because he had some health issues.
He was proud to be a Roman Catholic.
It is not common for leftist activists to follow a religion, but César Chávez was a devout Catholic. He felt that the doctrine echoed his own sense of social justice, similar to what some Liberation Theology priests in Latin America have advocated for.
He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on three occasions.
Even though he didn’t get the accolade, the American Friends Service Committee put forward his nomination three times. The prize would have been la cereza en el pastel, but to be honest, his legacy doesn’t really need it.
He has been a part of the California Hall of Fame since 2006.
Thirteen years after his death then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the First Lady Maria Shriver hicieron los honores.
He was awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Then-president Bill Clinton presented the coveted award on September 8, 1994. César Chávez’s partner in crime, Dolores Huerta, got hers from Barack Obama.
César Chávez Day is a state holiday in California.
Mark your calendars: March 31. It is not a federal holiday, but Barack Obama urged Americans to “observe this day with appropriate service, community, and educational programs to honor César Chávez’s enduring legacy.”
There are numerous schools, libraries, and parks named after him.
Most of them are in California but don’t be surprised if you find one in your hometown.
He died on April 23, 1993, pero la lucha sigue!
He died of natural causes at the house of his friend and fellow farm worker Dofia Maria Hau. He is buried at the National Chavez Center in Kern County, California, the epicenter of his now legendary struggle to reach fair conditions for the many heroes working the land.