Jose was born and raised in Cuba. At a very early age; Jose knew he wanted to live free in the United States. He planned his escape while a teenager, but was deterred from his course when his mother became ill. Meanwhile, he attended college, graduated, and became a math and vocational teacher.
Several hours before he was to leave Cuba, he told his dad he was going to flee to the U. S. He set out in a homemade raft and was on the water for 36 hours before he was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard. He was detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base detention facility until he was cleared for safe passage to send to the U.S. Jose arrived in May 1995 and five years later become a proud American Citizen.
Jose never lost sight of the goals he wanted to accomplish. He worked in form roofing, as a driver, a warehouse clerk, and a Diesel mechanic. In 1999, Jose was hired by the City of Tustin Water. He worked hard and used his time wisely to learn all he could regarding the water industry. Jose was promoted from Maintenance Worker to Crewleader, Leadworker, and to Supervisor. While being married to his wife Betty, with four children, he attended California State University Long Beach and graduated with a Masters of Public Administration.
In May 2011, Jose was hired by the City of Orange as the Water Manager. Jose enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and coaching baseball on his time off. Jose is a proponent for continuing education and always encourages his employees to set their goals and follow through. Here are some of Jose’s secrets principals for success:
Attitude:
Never Equate Money with Success: Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with God and people around you.
Be the most positive and enthusiastic person you know: People around you will notice your good and bad behavior even if you don’t think so.
Be a self-starter and commit yourself to constant improvement.
Persistence, persistence, persistence: Not only never give up your dreams, but also work to achieve them.
Make Ethics your way of life.
Stop blaming others, the system, the society, the work environment, politicians, etc.: Blame is just an excuse for not doing what you need to do. Take responsibility for every area of your life and perform accordingly.
Never feel or assume you have all the answers, the ultimate solution, or that you are the smartest person in the room. Just remember being humble goes a long way.
Drug free is the way to be.
Time Management:
Limit the time you spend in front of the screen: Every hour you spend watching TV, social media, or playing video games will take one hour of your ability to think and learn for yourself.
Be selfless in the time you give, your ability to listen, your level of patience and the love that you give to others: By giving and by being generous, you will make others feel loved, appreciated, and special. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
Improvements:
Earn at least a bachelor's degree or at least learn a trade: It will greatly expand your career opportunities, and also improve your earning potential.
Make decisions by using a thought process and know that sometimes you will make mistakes: If your mistake was done using logical reasoning and good ethics, then you will get support from the people around you.
Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent: Success happens only when you enjoy what you do. Treat Work as a Blessing.
Discipline yourself to save money. Save even if you have a modest income.