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Key Idea: Make Work Your Recreation

The kept expanding into the entire block. This patio had a swimming pool, added by Hope so her children could swim between shifts. Now customers enjoy eating outside under the live oaks and surrounded by bright flowers.   Homepage and all the video...

Key Question:


A veteran business owner just told us that he still works because he hates golf. Another business owner told us that when a business owner starts playing too much golf, he should probably sell his business.

Q: Is it cruel to suggest that work should be play?

A: No. If your work is not your play you won't be very good at it. If you watch the clock, you need to quit doing what you're doing now. No one has ever achieved financial success -- if they started with nothing -- by working 8-5. Then the flip side is, when a person feels like they are playing while they are working, they become so good at their work that they will become successful in the way they choose to be. If the person is in business, they will become wealthy. If the person is a teacher, his or her students will be on the way to the Ivy League.

Think about it

Is your work your play? Could it be with a slight attitude adjustment? Do your loved ones complain that you work too many hours? Do you believe like we do that everyone is doing what they would rather do than not do? What would you rather be doing with your life right now?

Clip from: Joe T. Garcia's, a family restaurant

Fort Worth: Recognized by the James Beard Foundation for their outstanding regional cuisine, this family restaurant is truly a celebrated landmark in the USA.

Hope LanCarte is a first-generation American and the matriarch of a family business that her father began in 1935. Within three generations, this place has become a celebrated landmark, paradise on earth, "The Miracle on Commerce"  Hope's father came from Mexico with nothing. And today, this family has everything.

What happens when a family works together, pulls together, and stays together for three generations? Impossible? In this episode of the show we find proof positive that it is possible. When a family coheres and works toward a common goal, miracles happen.

Joe T. Garcia's Mexican Restaurant

Jody LanCarte, Public Relations

2201 N Commerce St
Fort Worth, TX 76164 ‎ , TX 76164 ‎

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Year Founded: 1939

Make Work Your Recreation

HATTIE: Did you all speak Spanish at home?

HOPE: We did.

HATTIE: Did you speak Spanish to your children when they were growing up?

HOPE: I did. And my mother did, too.

HATTIE: But don't you think they should speak English, too?

HOPE: Oh, yes. Oh, definitely.

HATTIE: You see what I'm saying? I mean, I think it's great...

HOPE: They need to dominate both languages.

HATTIE: So if someone was coming to this country today, what advice would you give them?

HOPE: Learn English. You need it. I don't think a lot of people know what it really takes. They think, `Oh'--you know, they have a business and then they're fine. But it really is a lot of work. And like they say, you do marry into your business.


HOPE: I mean, you have to like what you do; it sort of gets in your blood. I mean, you like it. You don't know why you like it, but you do.

HATTIE: Right. HOPE: That's what you'd rather do.

HATTIE: What do we have to put aside or put on the back burner or give up in order to run a business?

HOPE: You have to give up your social life. Really you do because you don't have time for both. Maybe some people might think they do. We couldn't. I never could find time, even probably not even to go to the teachers meetings because that would be at night at 7. And that's when you're really working.

HATTIE: Dinnertime.

HOPE: Yeah. And you just can't go.

HATTIE: You're seven days a week.

HOPE: Yes.

HATTIE: Has it always been seven days a week?

HOPE: It's always been seven days a week.

HATTIE: And lunch and dinner.

HOPE: Exactly.

HATTIE: So it's relentless. I mean, there's no time off.

HOPE: Exactly.

HATTIE: And so maybe retail, which ...

HOPE: And I think my children probably missed that; that I wasn't able to go like a lot of parents go to everything that they have in school. I think I made up for it. I would explain to them how much I loved them and, you know...

HATTIE: Well, I think you taught them how to work maybe.

HOPE: My mother had a lot to do with that, too.

HATTIE: So you probably can't imagine doing anything else. HOPE: I wouldn't imagine doing anything else. Just taking care of my grandchildren probably.

HATTIE: There you go. That's your big goal. So you don't see yourself retiring?

HOPE: No. No, no. I don't think so. I hadn't thought of it.

HATTIE: Never thought of it.

HOPE: Never even thought of it. And I get mad at the idea of somebody telling me, `Why don't you retire?' I don't think anything comes overnight. See, and we feel good because we did this. Well, my father, whom I had a lot of respect for, and my mother, who worked so hard at it and then we tried to do what she did -- my sisters and myself. And now, I taught my children how to work hard because of my father and my mother. I said, `Don't do it for me. Let's do it for them, that they started and worked so hard at it.' `They sacrificed so much to give us what we have today.' This is what I tell my children.

HATTIE: (In the Studio) With the business owners we know, work and personal lives are lived in a swirl of activity and we don't think we have a job. But we know we have a life. We'll take you next time.

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