“I did it by ignoring the compliments and flattery that I’d been hearing since I was a student in a small rural community in Texas,” Nieto told me in an interview after his speech. “All along the way, people will tell you, ‘You’ve made it already, why are you working so hard?’
“That you’ve accomplished more than anybody ever expected of you? That is terrible knowledge.”
Ignore the blandishments, current and future leaders of America. 2014 is the year to start thinking bigger than you ever imagined for yourself. Find yourselves mentors who will honestly assess your strengths and weaknesses and go out and make your triumphs a reality.
Esther J. Cepeda is a columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.