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Work Harder, Raise the Bar Higher

February 2, 2017 Sergio Tinoco

Work Harder, Raise the Bar Higher

Why do we strive for more?

The pursuit of greater things is never­­-ending. People have this pressing need to achieve more, to never settle for what they have now. In a lot of ways, that’s a good thing; it encourages us to strive for improvement.

To achieve something, we must want it with our everything. This makes it our motivation. I remember my main drive to succeed was that I did not want to spend the rest of my life picking crops. It is a noble job, don’t get me wrong, but it is not one I imagined myself doing for the rest of my life.

It takes courage to rebel against the course of life. It is hard, but perhaps, life will be harder if you allow things to just unfold.

Joining the military wasn’t exactly my ticket to escape the mundane life of being a field worker. If being a field worker was hard, being a soldier was harder.

Back when I was newbie, the rigorous training––which included a lot of literal blood, sweat, and tears––almost made me want to quit. But with sheer endurance, I was able to surpass the challenges. I came to know a lot great men that helped me along the way.

True, I went through some of the lowest points in my life over my career as a soldier as it requires being away from my family and loved ones for long periods of time.

The ones left behind continue their lives without you, and when you come back, you aren’t even sure where you stand. As for me, I missed a lot of things like the birth of my son. However, I remember wanting to be the best role model for him. He, along with the rest of my family, became my drive to succeed in life.

My fellow soldiers also became one of the reasons why I don’t settle for mediocrity. I would push them harder in training, especially when I got promoted to sergeant. Not only that, I remember back in Bosnia, they were able to air out their pain and their anguish to me as brought about by the nature of our work. In a way, I felt like I had to push myself to be there for everyone even when I was fighting my own battle.

In retrospect, I learned to never settle for less. Excellence must be the way of life if we are to achieve anything at all. In all the things we do, we must always give our best. There might be a couple of setbacks and losses along the way, but we must push through in order to achieve the greater things.

 

38 responses to “Work Harder, Raise the Bar Higher

  1. This blog helped me to work hard to achieve my goals. I want to get good grades so i become a nurse one day,and to make my family proud at the same time

    1. That’s an amazing career choice Ethan. I wish you the best on this journey and ask you to never give up. Be strong through all the obstacles that come across your path.

      Thanks,
      Sergio Tinoco

    1. Gustavo,
      You must never give up when it comes to achieving your dreams and goals. Always stay on path. Ignore the naysayers and prove them wrong in everything you do. No matter how tough things get, keep taking that next step forward.

      Thanks,
      Sergio Tinoco

    1. I can’t say that I do. I wish certain things had gone differently but I can’t regret any of it. Through thick and thin, it’s made me the person I am today.

      Thanks,
      Sergio Tinoco

    1. Marcus,

      At the time, I didn’t think I did. I was working two jobs just to pay the house bills and buy food. I didn’t think I could pay for college as well and so decided to join the Army.

      There might have been another option such as getting school loans, but it didn’t cross my mind at the time.

      Thanks,
      Sergio Tinoco

    1. Keyla,

      I saw becoming a soldier as my best option at the time. It was tough to be away from my family and to jump into something new that I had never experienced, but my goal to do better for myself was much stronger and it helped me deal with so many things.

  2. How was it like to be in the military missing so much of your life such as your child’s birth?
    Did it take time to figure out whether you were going to continue being a farmer or did you just immediately decided you didn’t like working in the fields? How did you decide to join the military?

    1. Jonah,

      I didn’t like working in the fields at all, but at the time I can’t say that it was hard because it was all I knew. It was our way of life. Granted, I didn’t like it and knew right away that I didn’t want to do that my entire life. That’s where my dream and goal developed.

      Thanks,
      Sergio Tinoco

  3. Well I’m speechless this is a very moving story, in fact I can relate to this story so much, because my uncle is in the military and he’s one of the top guns and I’m very proud of him, but we don’t get to visit him much because he’s always moving around, like he recently moved to South Carolina, and my family and I drove to South Carolina to go visit him for Christmas break. One thing that I would like is for him to move back down here because, I’ve only seen him 4 times out of the thirteen years I’ve been alive, I want to see him all the time. My uncle went to the army when he was 18 years old, then at 22 he left to the military so he’s been serving for awhile.

    1. Please thank your uncle for his service on my behalf when you get a chance.

      Thanks for sharing,
      Sergio Tinoco

  4. i respect everything you went through and came out a winner this book makes me look more into being in the Army or Navy.

  5. Sergio A. Tinoco,

    I really liked your blog, I love how you didn’t give up and kept on going to have the better for your family you missed somethings in life like your childs birth but you didn’t mean to, you wanted the best for him for your family ,your blog is inspirational and the message it sends to NEVER GIVE UP is amazing.!

  6. I like story, because it shows how big the problem is and if you give it your 100% to push it and give it 150% ; how they never gave up

  7. Sergio A. Tinoco has been trough a lot but was never a quitter. He achieved and got where he wanted too , hes a man who fight for what he wants.Jaqueline

    1. Thank You, Jaqueline for those kind comments. In life, I’ve learned, that we will all face challenges, obstacles, and even people who will never believe in what WE are capable of achieving. The struggle exists for everyone to face in one way or another. All our journeys might be different, but they all have one basic demand of Us… to NEVER GIVE UP!

      Thanks,
      Sergio Tinoco

  8. its a great story to motivate kids and adults. To show what dedication and hard work really is. Also, to motivate kids and let them know how far a education can get you in your life,

    1. Leah,

      Education IS very important. Our dreams for something better or greater are nothing without a Goal attached to them. Every dream must give you a goal; something to work for in life. It is from those goals that our own strength begins to develop.

      Thanks,
      Sergio Tinoco

    1. Nathan,

      I’m glad that you found the blog interesting. My own kids have voiced their thoughts on wanting to join the military so I’ll address your comment as I do theirs. I did gain a lot through my military service, BUT I also lost a lot. It’s not an easy career to go into.

      In the end, Its the thinking that goes into the actual brainstorming of what career to look into that is important here. I’m glad that you’re already thinking ahead with regards to the many career possibilities.

      Thanks,
      Sergio Tinoco

    1. Bryan, there are plenty more blogs on the website. Feel free to go through them. I’m interested to see what your thoughts are on those topics.

      Thanks,
      Sergio Tinoco

  9. Were you and your family were scared when you came to the valley?…how did u feel working in the field would you guys get payed good?….Why did you choose being a soldiers

    1. Celeste,
      I can’t say that I was scared because I was born here in Pharr, Texas. Granted, I had been raised in Reynosa by my mother until I was old enough to start school in Weslaco. I think I missed my mother too much to be scared of the area or my new surroundings.

      The fields: I knew I didn’t want to do that all my life. I can’t say it was hard for me or that I hated it because it was all I knew since the age of seven. I just knew I wanted more out of life. That was my dream and eventually my goal. To better myself and not have to work in the fields my whole life.

      Soldier: if I answer this for you, I will be spoiling the book for you.

      Thanks,
      Sergio Tinoco

    1. Reyes,

      Thank You for the kind comments, but I’m more interested in your thoughts on the topic.

      Thanks,
      Sergio Tinoco

  10. Were you and your family were scared when you came to the valley?…how did u feel working in the field would you guys get payed good?….Why did you choose being a soldiers?

    sorry for all the questions

    1. Raul,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the topic of this blog, but what are your thoughts or concerns regarding the topic?

      Thanks,
      Sergio Tinoco

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