“Respeta tus mayores.” While we heard it all the time growing up, many of us probably didn’t get the deeper reason why it was important to “respetar” which was code for “listening” to older people that surrounded us. The elder statesmen in our lives–fathers, tios, brothers, cousins or neighbors–deserved that respect not because they were smarter or better, but because they had lived and seen a lot more than us. This gave them a certain wisdom and knowledge beyond our understanding. In that vein we are sharing some of our favorite gems from Latino men whose lives are examples of how to push past adversity or simply how to live aloud and without apology. Take it away ‘LLEROs…


“Only by seeking challenges can we find the best in ourselves.”

Robert Rodriguez

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