Behind the Recognition pt 3

This is the last part of this series, that gives you a small glimpse of the impact my 3 parents had/have on me. Here’s the final recap:

On January 8th of 2020, I was recognized for my performance in December of 2019. I was nationally ranked in the Top 10 out of 861 employees in my role, which puts me in the Top 1% in my role.

Then I realized that I was being recognized for accelerating on KPIs, but my peers listening may not realize that as of December 16th I wasn’t even pacing to hit 100% of my quota. They did not know what I had to do to over perform. They didn’t know that while many were taking days off from December 16th to December 31st, I was working 11 -12 days and only took December 25th off because the company was closed and December 26th off to try to recover from the flu. They didn’t know what was behind the recognition.


There is a lot to be said about the final individual who completes the trinity of parents that played a role in raising me. So here is an introduction to mi Tio, my dad, El Jefe.

As you will learn, I use Father for my biological father Mauricio, and dad for Boris. Keep up.

In 1991, Boris and Mauricio were already best-friends who met because they were dating twin sisters (mi Tia and my Mom). The day of my father’s death, my father asked Boris a request, “If anything happens to me, promise to watch over my kids.” After a short back and forth, Boris committed to that promise, and the next day Boris got word that my father had been shot.

Since then Boris has been present or a call away. Through his actions, he has shown me the importance of being a person of your word, to see through your promises and commitments. This is something I now lead by example with my own kids, kids that Boris is a grandfather to.

But there is a second part to this, and that’s “If you are going to do it, then do it right.” Growing up, we spent many years living under the same roof, a blended family, 3 parents and 6 kids. We all had responsibilities and when we were given a task, the old man would check in and say “If you are going to do it, then do it right.”

These two lessons became foundational to me, I keep my word when I make a commitment, and I make sure to do it right when I do it. This has led to me exceeding in many aspect of my life, including a Top 10 performance for December of 2020.

My recognition goes to Boris, my uncle, my dad, the old man, El Jefe, and the Godfather. Thank you. I love you.