Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The last man standing will win and that is how you play the game...

“Every man has two arms and two legs, and the person that wants it most will get it.” –Scott Alexander

We have all heard of the stories and tales of those that started with nothing and created empires.   Well, the fact of the matter is, that these stories are not just tales, but act as BLUEPRINTS for the next future fortunes.  Out of my vast and large circle of influence, I have the honor to say that about 90% of my colleagues are self made.  They have each learned to capitalize on certain niches, and have developed strategies and models to conquer each one.  What amazes me, is the fact that a significant amount of them didn’t graduate college, or even high school. They all just attended one common institution, the school of “HARD KNOCKS”.  

What is it that this famous so called academy teaches in its curriculum, that most higher learning institutions do not?   Luckily, I have had the pleasure to become an alumni, so I can definitely vouch to the following semester below;

1.       Pain 100
2.       Struggle 101
3.       Perseverance 100
4.       Hard Work 101
5.       Hustle (Macro)400
6.       Hustle (Micro)401
7.       Common Sense 201
8.       Patience 301
9.       Hunger    300
10.     Advanced Common Sense 302
11.     Ethics  400
12.     Play Harder  401

It’s funny to me, but life is definitely a game.  Time and time again, I get asked the following question, “Hugo, aren’t you ever going to take things seriously?” 

The interesting thing is that I’m probably the most serious and disciplined person I know.  It is just that I have come to the realization, that life is just a game and there are a trillion variables that I cannot control.  From my own family members battling cancer, to my divorce and losing everything.  Life is just one big game.  The key to it all is realizing that it’s a game, and playing it like no one else. 

In conclusion, I want all of you to remember the following statement, “Every man has two arms and two legs, and the person that wants it most will get it.”  Therefore, have the courage to fight for what you believe in.  As always, there will be variables that get in the way, but that’s life.  Just have the hunger to keep fighting when all others are running scared.  Trust me, at the end of the day……The last man standing will win….. and that is how you play the game.

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