Conquering Your Own Personal El Guapo!
I love movies, and I love to draw out different analogies from them. If you share this affinity for movies with me then you have probably seen the movie, The Three Amigos. The movie is about three naive silent movie actors known as the “Three Amigos.” They get fired from the acting gig that got them famous and travel to a small Mexican town, Santa Poca, for what they think is a public appearance in a movie. Instead, they later realize that this town has seen their films and think that they are their screen characters and Santa Poca actually hired them to help fight against an evil bandit named, El Guapo, who is terrorizing their village.
There is an excellent analogy we can get from this movie. Luckily enough, this analogy required not thought or insight from me, but is given in the movie. Here is the quote from the movie the analogy is drawn from.
Lucky Day (one of the three amigos): “In a way, each of us has an El Guapo to face. For some, shyness might be their El Guapo. For others, a lack of education might be their El Guapo. For us, El Guapo is a big, dangerous man who wants to kill us. But, as sure as my name is Lucky Day, the people of Santa Poco can conquer their own personal El Guapo, who also happens to be *the actual* El Guapo!”
This is the clip from the movie when Lucky gives this speech.
Most people would say that my El Guapo is cancer, I would have to agree, but I also deal with shyness and anti socialism. I struggle with being motivated to work and with a great deal of many other things. What I’m trying to say is that it’s hard, life that is, and everybody has a few El Guapos, but we can’t let our El Guapos dictate what we do and who we want to become.
Like the people of the Mexican village of Santa Poco, we can conquer our own personal El Guapo. I think it is natural to try and conquer our El Guapos alone, but we can’t do that with all of them. You have to find your strengths and ask for help to overcome your weaknesses. I have had a rough go with this cancer thing, but I know I never could have made it without the support of my family. I love them and I am so grateful that I am still alive so I can hang out with them. Remember, you are not alone in your fight to overcome El Guapos. There are others who care about your success and happiness. You are strong, you can overcome your El Guopos. Use your resources, family, and friends to help you overcome your El Guapos. Do it for yourself, and for them!