Be loyal to the people who already helped you out and gave you an opportunity.
– The Cilantro Diaries
Let me ask you something.
When was last time you read a book that hooked you from the get go, made you cheer on, laugh or cry of laughter, full of valuable lessons, words of encouragement and wisdom within its pages?
The Cilantro Diaries is one such book that I had the pleasure of reading and it was just a great surprise.
Author Lorenzo Gomez III, started his career working diligently at a supermarket as a produce clerk. It was a family tradition; therefore he followed in steps of his siblings.
One day, his mother came home and told him that she had seen his photo as employee of the month which was hanging over the cilantro (hence where the title comes from).
As any typical mother, she sure was proud of her son but it was definitely a moment of embarrassment and a turning point for him.
Was it the ultimate dream of every employee? To be recognized by having their photo displayed over leafy greens? There had to be more, so much more to life than working at a produce section of the store!
In this memoir, Lorenzo Gomez III recounts in detail his humble family beginnings, profound influence and truth bombs from his father (pops), mother, siblings, extended family without forgetting the variety of friends he made at school, in the workplace and those who crossed his path at the right time and for many great reasons.
These persons came into Lorenzo’s life not only to improve it but to transform it entirely and also share their knowledge which certainly did not fall on deaf ears.
The Cilantro Diaries is like a friend who gives you plenty of sound advice in various areas of life; from being selective when it comes time to choosing the people we surround ourselves with, to being a team player, to being loyal to those who have helped us, to saving our earnings and make wise investments all the way to creating a board of advisors with people whom we completely trust and finally to always be willing to learn from experienced people such as mentors.
We must not be afraid to leave our comfort zone and go to a higher level without necessarily having a graduate degree.
What I found so fascinating about The Cilantro Diaries is the fact that the author was very fortunate to have met incredible human beings along his journey and at the right moment.
They saw the potential in him that he couldn’t see himself, gave him a boost of confidence that he really needed and helped him develop both skills and knowledge to move up in the companies where he worked to finally hold an executive position!
That’s quite a feat for someone who had very humble beginnings,
worked hard, and was so fortunate to always be surrounded by great, smart and wise individuals.
You need diversity on your board.
Everyone can’t have the same perspective as you.
As the author states in the book, everyone needs a personal board of advisors. They are the eyes, ears and voice of experience we consult and take advice from when we most need it.
They will help us make the right decision and will be there in the good times as well as in the difficult moments.
What I loved most about The Cilantro Diaries is the advice from the author when it comes time to graduating from a position that we’ve clearly outgrown as it no longer challenges or teaches us.
He says: “You’re only going to be happy when you’re captain of your own ship“.
He encourages us to become entrepreneurs and start our own companies.
Help people solve their problems and offer the best service always!
Again, speaking from personal experience, you cannot grow or move a level up if you stay where you are.
If you’re unhappy or no longer feel pure joy or motivation in the morning, it’s clearly time to move on!
Life is too short to stay in the same place, same position, surrounded by persons who do not bring in value or are not contributing in a positive way.
Aspire to go further and higher. Push your envelope and take risks! What you want is to improve and become a better version of yourself and in return, help those who need it. May it be through words or actions or seeing you as a success story! It’s all possible and you can set an example if you put your heart and mind to it.
In summary, The Cilantro Diaries is like a mentor and a highly valued member of your board of advisors who wants the best for your life by giving you sound advice and prevents you from making costly mistakes along the journey of life.
Always be willing to learn, read as much as you can, serve with a big smile, go forward and upwards!
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8 thoughts on “Book Review: The Cilantro Diaries By Lorenzo Gomez III + Giveaway”
This book looks like a great read based on your review! The most important lesson that changed my life came from my mother. She would always tell me, “You’ll never know until you try it.” When I was very young, she usually said this when I refused to eat a new food, but as I got older I realized it’s a great mindset to have for life in general. Whenever I’m nervous about making a career move, or I’m thinking about making another big change in my life, I remember her words. Sometimes the change ends up being a positive in my life, and sometimes not, but I rarely have regret about not trying something!
That’s excellent advice from your mom Carrie!
It certainly is true that you have to at least try something once. If it’s good, great and if it’s not, then it’s an experience right?
Living life and having regrets of not doing more things is not the reason why we came here to do!
Live life fully and now!
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I agree with the author that we need to find our personal board of advisors. But, the point is it is hard to find smart and wise people. Or, as you have noticed by yourself – the author was fortunate to have met some great people at the right moment.
The thing is we need to be open to changes and to challenge our destinies to eventually meet great and wise advisors. In that way, we do our best living the life with no regrets.
I agree with you Milijana!
Finding or meeting special people is hard and rare these days.
However I firmly believe and trust that if we’re meant to cross paths or meet, no matter where on earth we find ourselves in, we will as the universe is going to arrange everything 🙋🙌
We definitely need to keep our eyes, mind and heart open!
In divine time 😉
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the lesson i learned – well, one of them is more because of my parents’ belief in me – ‘to always believe in yourself, and go ahead and just do it’… and overtime, that it is ok to fail, try again, and you will succeed..
Well our parents are our best teachers and advisors right?
Yes, believing in yourself is super important and trying until you make it is even more!
Success comes after a few falls…it always does but the lessons learned along the way are what makes us better and wiser right?
I wish you the best!
Sounds like an interesting book. I love a good read.
It truly is one of the best books, you’ll love it!
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