You Have To Be Hungry for Success


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Robert J. Renteria |

CHICAGO — To succeed, you have to be willing to do the things today that others won’t do so you can have the things tomorrow that others won’t have. You see, people don’t fail in life because they aim too high and miss. No, they fail because they aim too low and hit.

Some people suffer from what I call “possibility blindness.” They fail because they refuse to see their dreams, and allow that ugly monster called fear to stand in their way. In life, especially in today’s times, you have to be hungry!

There are few perfect scenarios in which all the cards will line for you. You have to create the opportunity and then take your shot. Life, as in business, can be extremely complicated, but if you can overcome your fear of failure and allow that hunger deep inside of you to explode with tenacity…it can and will happen for you.

I can tell you from experience that the possibilities are endless; there is greatness in everyone. My whole life, people told me I couldn’t do it, that I was “never gonna be nobody.” But I believed in myself and I believed that God made the diamonds for His crowd, not Satan’s bunch!

My advice for you today is to look deep inside and ask yourself these questions:

  • What do I really want in life?
  • Who am I really?
  • What will be my legacy?
  • Have I made a contribution to mankind?
  • Am I happy?
  • Am I where I want to be?

If you answered no or “I don’t know” to any of these questions, it’s time to stand up and live your life like there’s no tomorrow.

Get out of your comfort zone. You only live once, and you’re not getting out of here alive. So, today, right here and now, say this: I believe in me.

Get out there, spread your wings and embrace the challenges. In Spanish, it’s called Si Se Puede: yes, you can, if you believe.

When I published my books and my graphic novel, I told myself that I didn’t want to be just another author—I wanted to be theLatino author. I am proud to share that I was recently honored during the Latino Literacy Now’s 14th Annual International Latino Book Awards for writing the best English-language graphic novel (Mi Barrio).

This is an example that dreams do come true. But you have to be hungry! Are you?

About the author

Robert J. Renteria


Robert J. Renteria is a national consultant based in Chicago. He has more than 23 years of industry experience, having helped develop more than 750 coin laundries nationally and abroad. The author of three books, he was named the 2010 Chicago Latino Professional of the Year and is the sole recipient of the 2011 International Outstanding Humanitarian Award. In 2013, he received two Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards for his work in civil rights advocacy and educational reform. He can be reached at 312-933-5619 or [email protected].


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