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I recently attended my grandfather’s 90th birthday

He has been married since he was a teenager and had 11 children, was independent and hustling potatoes in a marketplace in Colombia by 13. Never made any excuses.

(Holding me in this pic)

Here’s 5 things I've learned from him
1. Embrace your responsibility

He never formally learned to read or write in school. Self taught and always found a way to provide for his family. He had 11 children and cared for all of them. He moved to the US and owned successful businesses without speaking English.
2. A man’s most important role is being a father

He told me on his birthday that the most important thing a man can do is provide for his children and he made sure that he did that.
My grandfather only words on his 90th birthday was “this is precious and rare, who would have ever thought I would be here at 90? This doesn’t happen everyday”.
3. Don’t complain

I have never heard him complain about his life, money, his situation, or talk about any of his perceived disadvantages as an immigrant in the US.

He admires those with more than him & is compassionate to those less than him. He is grateful for this country.
4. Help others, without expecting anything in return

He has helped children, grandchildren, and even other immigrant families and has never said much about it but many of those people also viewed him as a mentor or father.
5. Hard work and persistence is all that matters

He married and had his first child as a teen. He came from literally nothing and made a life for himself and his family through hard work and persistence.
40 years ago he moved to a country where he didn’t know the language and he continued to work hard and build a good life for his family. He sat there at 90 looking back on his life in amazement.

They don't make men like this anymore.
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