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| LETTER TO YOUNG PEOPLE
what, in his opinión, are the most important things in life.
I write to you this letter in order to share some of my life experiences, hoping it will contribute to your education,
your way of thinking and living, your emotional well-being, your sense of responsibility to yourselves and to
others, your maturity, and above all, to your happiness, which should be the result of your daily existence.
You are privileged within society due to your talents and efforts, and for the best reason, your own worth.
Success is not about doing things well or even very well, or being acknowledged by others. It is not an external
opinion, but rather an internal status. It is the harmony between the soul and your emotions, which requires love,
family, friendship, authenticity and integrity.
To be as exceptional as you are is a privilege, but it also entails many risks that can have an impact on values
that are much more important than professional, economic, social or political “success”. Emotional strength and
stability are in the interior life, and in avoiding emotions that erode the soul such as envy, jealousy, arrogance,
lust, selfishness, vengeance, greed and laziness, which are a poison that is ingested little by little.
When you give, do not expect to receive. “Fragrance clings to the hand that gives the rose,” says a Chinese
proverb. Do not allow negative feelings and emotions to control your mind. Emotional harm does not come from
others; it is conceived and developed within ourselves.
Do not mix up your values or betray your principles. Life’s road is very long, but it is traveled fast. Live the
present intensely and fully, do not let the past be a burden, and let the future be an incentive. Each person
forges his or her own destiny and it may influence reality. Do not ignore it.
Live with positive feelings and emotions such as love, friendship, loyalty, courage, joy, good humor, enthusiasm,
peace, serenity, patience, trust, tolerance, prudence and responsibility. Do not allow their opposites to invade
your soul, may they pass quickly from your mind, do not allow them to stay there, banish them. You will make
mistakes many times, it is normal and human; but try to make them small, then accept, correct and forget them.
Do not be obsessed by them; heaven and hell are within us. What is most valuable in life does not cost anything
but is very precious: love, friendship, nature and what man has been able to achieve with it; the forms, colors,
sounds, smells that we perceive with our senses can only be appreciated when we are emotionally awake.
Live without fear and guilt; fear is the worst feeling men can have, it weakens them, inhibits action and depresses
them. Guilt is a tremendous burden in our lives, the way we think and act. Guilt and fear make the present
difficult and obstruct the future. To fight them, let us have good sense and accept ourselves as we are, with our
realities, our merits and our sorrows.
Staying occupied displaces preoccupation and problems, and when we face our problems, they disappear. Thus,
they make us stronger every day. We should learn from failure, and successes should be silent incentives. Act
always as your conscience dictates, because it never lies. Fear and guilt will then be minimal. Do not block
yourself in, do not ruin your life, live it with intelligence, with soul and senses aware and on the alert; get to know
their manifestations and train yourselves to appreciate and enjoy life.
Work well done is not only a responsibility to yourselves and society; it is also an emotional need.
At the end we depart with nothing, we leave behind only our work, family and friends, and, perhaps, a positive
influence which we have planted.
My very best wishes,
Carlos Slim Helú