by Art Leal
I originally published this blog on October 24th 2010. Republishing
Why do some people continue to look for (or insist) that there exists a Hispanic Leadership structure? Everyone is asking who leads the Hispanic community in Odessa Texas. You have many who believe they are the leaders by way of stature. There are even those that are self appointed or self proclaimed. You should know that no one commands the entire Hispanic community. But at the least, the absolute least, are those leaders by way of virtue.
So if you are looking for leadership, look for leadership within yourselves. Find what motivates you and pursue it with verve. Stand up for what you believe in and don't be afraid to take a few hits. Be an advocate for your brother and sister and don't look down or away. Face your fears and challenge the status quo. Ask questions and offer ideas. Don't be afraid to try something new. Stay true to your faith in God and always do what is right not what is popular. Understand that you will not always be liked, and accept that you will be hated by some. But most of all be genuine. Be yourself. When you do that then you have found what your are looking for.