“Of the 5,488 Fortune 500 boardroom seats, Hispanics hold just 173 . . . not enough Hispanics hold leadership roles and the Latino community cannot be complacent about that. It needs to change.”
—EMILY DERVY, ABC UNIVISION
Leadership is not for everybody.
If that first sentence caught your attention, then you’re most likely the exact type of person I had in mind when I decided I had a message—a story—you needed to hear.
A story is a powerful thing. If you think about it, our lives are surrounded by stories every day, everywhere we go. We watch them on television, listen to them on the radio, hear them in the words of the music we buy, and read them in magazines, books, and on the Internet. We email stories, text them, and tell them to each other in our daily routine and in our conversations on Facebook, on the phone, at work, and in school. Stories are the reason we love to go to the movies because they help us discover a world we don’t know, and then we are pleasantly surprised as we find ourselves in the movie. At first we think the main characters aren’t like us, but as the movie progresses, they seem just like us in various ways, as created by the movie—the story.
You see, usually we don’t interpret ourselves in the context of the big picture. We don’t make a connection with the things going on in our lives and how they relate to the rest of the world. How could we? Why should we? Yet, somehow you just know that your life—your story—has a unique and bigger purpose. However, when you look around for support, for someone to explain things to you or someone to talk to about the way you feel, they’re not there. Nevertheless, something inside you keeps calling you back, keeps occupying the thoughts in your mind, and keeps knocking on the door of your heart.
That’s why I wrote the book—From The Margins To The Mainstream: Preparing Latino Youth For Leadership In The 21st Century–hoping that as I tell my story, it will help guide you and connect you sooner to your calling, purpose, and place in the future of our nation sooner rather than later. Why the future of our nation? Well, in case you haven’t noticed, America is not the same. Our country is struggling.
We are like an old king who has ruled his kingdom for a very long time, but is now desperately trying to maintain his place of control, wealth, power, and leadership. Once the prince of empires—admired and followed by aspiring young princes—he has become weak and vulnerable. Most of his closest advisors have either grown old or died, and the new generation in the upper class is no longer loyal to his old ways, or confident in his ability to lead them into the fast-changing future. Even his oldest allies are beginning to look to other kingdoms for help and leadership.
But in the midst of these changes, something else was happening. A huge demographic shift, which took years to evolve, finally has grown to maturity, as the peasants became the kingdom’s major minority. They have a very important and potentially influential position of power they’ve never had before. For the most part, they’ve lived on the margins of the kingdom. But now they have the opportunity to join the mainstream. As the poor grew in their position of power, the question the new upper class nobles wondered was, can they lead and to whom will they pledge their loyalty?
By “lived on the margins,” I mean living as a kind of underclass, a type of unimportant, irrelevant status in society: A people uninvolved with no voice of representation like spectators watching from the stands as others make decisions that have a direct effect on their lives. By “the mainstream,” I mean the opposite. The people who live in the mainstream are the upper class “nobles” who are in power; the people who are heard, the “movers and shakers,” the shot callers. This is exactly the place we Latino-Americans should be in today, and that is why I mentioned your purpose in the future of our nation.
For example, we have been recognized and credited with playing a major role in the 2012 re-election of the first minority president of the United States, Barak Obama. This was one of the closest presidential races in history, and the Hispanic vote made the difference. That has never been said about us before. Can you imagine what’s going to happen in the next election in 2016? As Arturo Vargas, former director of the National Association of Latinos recently said, “The road to the White House goes through the barrio . . .”
All of a sudden, we are in a key position of influence, significance, and power to lead on a local, state, and national level. However, because of our history, our past record, and of our lack of mainstream participation, a lot of people aren’t expecting much from us. They don’t think we’ll “make it” or have what it takes to lead. They’ve already counted us out of the game. They don’t believe we’re someone they can count on to really make a huge difference. In their eyes, we’re an underdog, someone not expected to win. The good news is that throughout history, underdogs have always shown the ability to win. That’s what I want to teach you. Although as minorities, our journey began on the margins, our history as a people is not over and now it’s time to write a new chapter, changing our story.
My new book is divided into three parts:
- In this first part I show you that you were born on purpose—and with a special purpose in this world. You must believe in and allow that fact to help you overcome the hardships and many challenges of being born into a life that starts from a disadvantaged, marginalized position in society.
- In the second part, I cover some of our unique difficulties and challenges we face at home, “behind closed doors,” that I believe have hindered our progress perhaps more than any other single factor.
- Finally, in the third part, I teach you how to get off the margins and into the mainstream of society by utilizing the principles of leadership to take control of your life and destiny.
I’m inviting you to go on a journey with me. A journey to discover a part of yourself you may have never known. As I continue to share my story—and the story of other successful Latinos—don’t be surprised if you suddenly find yourself reading about yourself.
Why not make an investment in yourself? Click on the link for the book – right there in the right hand column and join me on this leadership journey TODAY!