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Posted by La Alemana con Alma Latina at February 15th, 2011
Meet Hector J. Lopez, a young gentleman from a family with little financial means in Honduras who started working at the age of 12 while going to school. And he did not stop there. He received several scholarships to continue his studies in the USA. He excelled in the United States graduating with top GPA scores…and that while he learned English as a second language starting from zero when he came to the USA.
He is a true inspiration for anybody who believes that coming from a poor background is an obstacle or an excuse for not using their full potential.
1. What makes you Latino? How do you define “Latino”?
Latino is a word used to tag people from South, Central, and North America (Mexico). What makes me a Latino is that I am from Honduras, Central America.
2. What are the experiences in your life that make you who you are and that turned you into a Latino leader?
The most significant was making the decision to leave Honduras and face the American culture, especially the language barrier.
3. What do you believe is the reason that a lot of Latinos do not let their brilliance shine as much as they could?
Because they are afraid to speak up, afraid to be wrong, make mistakes, or people from other countries to avoid them.
4. What is the consequence that you see for these people and their future generations if they are not living their full potential?
They will not be able to share those experiences of challenges with their sons and daughters. Life will become boring and full of jealous seeing other people be different.
5. What do you think is necessary for the Latin community to feel safe to let their brilliance shine?
Being yourself always help to make the difference
6. Who are the people that influenced your decisions and future the most? Why is that?
My parents and siblings inspired me to seek different experiences and opportunities where I could share my potential. Also a factor that really influenced me was seeing my youngest sister and thinking who will look for them when our parents are not around anymore.
7. What are your dreams and aspirations for the Latin community in the USA and in the world?
I do not aspire much here because my dreams are focused in helping my community in my home country and town. However, at the beginning were to acquire the best education I could so I would have a tool to help my people.
8. What else do you want to share that you believe is important for people to know?
To all the Latino community I want to say DO NOT BE AFRAID, remember failure does not exist, men simple gives up. One of the statements I heard when I first came to the US NEVER FORGER WHO YOU ARE NEITHER WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM. That statement keeps me being me, a Honduran who want the best my all Latino community.
What did you learn from Hector? What are you believing about your abilities now that you did not dare before?