Recently, a Mexican proverb that has been spoken among generations of Mexicans fighting oppression has gone mainstream on the internet. It was most noticeably utilized among many protesters in December 2014 in the Mexican State of Guerrero as well as in Mexico City and now practically everywhere throughout the country. Mexican citizens are still outraged at the fact that 43 male student-teachers from Raul Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers' College of Ayotzinapa (a small town in Guerrero, Mexico) went missing and were presumably killed after a confrontation that started with local police in the city of Iguala (located approximately 3 hours north west of Ayotzinapa in Guerrero), on September 26, 2014.
Evidently, the student-teachers had managed to commandeer several buses and were en route that fateful day to Iguala to hold a protest against student-teacher hiring practices at a conference event that was led by María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, local President of the organization and the wife of Iguala mayor, Jose Luis Abarca Velazquez.
Reports of exactly what occurred vary, but what can be ascertained is that at one point local police began chasing the buses after receiving reports that the buses themselves were hijacked (truthful or not). A chase ensued between the police and the student-teachers and the police open fired on the buses that resulted in 6 deaths (of both students and bystanders) and sent 25 people to the hospital with various degrees of wounds.
After the shootout, 43 students were rounded up and taken into police custody and were brought to the police station in Iguala. They were then transferred to a different city and ultimately and somehow handed over to a local criminal organization known as "Guerreros Unidos" or "United Warriors" who presumably killed them as recent evidence corroborates.
The reason that I share that information is because when I first read the Mexican proverb floating around the internet, I had no idea of the levity and struggle and even the oppression that are attached to it. Truthfully, I saw it as more of an inspiration and still do. In no way did I want to take away from its original and intended meaning however, especially in memory of the 43 student teachers who undeservedly lost their lives standing up against corruption. I believe that in any quote or proverb given, it is of paramount importance to understand its origin (recent or otherwise).
I'd like now to focus on the individuals who wholeheartedly made signs and banners of the proverb itself because it has tremendous application for all of us. I imagine that those of you reading this blog post, in most cases do not have to worry about being kidnapped and turned over to a local gang where our very lives are at stake.
All of us however, do in fact face varying degrees of adversity and struggle on a regular basis. While we may not be fighting for our very freedom (politics aside), we are often fighting personal battles to be heard. We are fighting to matter. We are fighting against naysayers who are quick to squash our ideas and dreams.
So why on earth should a topic like this appear on an intended inspirational blog for aspiring entrepreneurs?
It is because the intended message of the proverb itself illustrates the very essence of the entrepreneurial spirit. Make no mistake, your ideas matter! At some point in time, whether it be from a co-worker, a "friend" or even a complete stranger, we have had someone shoot down an idea that really mattered to us. Oftentimes, instead of fighting back, we begin to believe our naysayers. Why? They are literally and figuratively "burying" our ideas.
Let us all learn from the proverb and let our ideas take root. I'm not suggesting that every single idea that we have is going to turn into something big, but I am suggesting that to those ideas that we are truly passionate about, that we have done our research on, that we can't get out of our heads - we must nourish them and cultivate them through patience and care and if we are diligent enough, if we are patient enough, if our ideas are rooted in solid principles, then and only then will they grow.
All of us face naysayers. All of us face challenges and adversity throughout our lives. It is simply part of the human experience. We must never forget though of who we really are and hopefully one day, after a lot of hard work and patience, we will realize that were are all seeds and that "being buried" only enables us to grow....