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A Message to Garcia: And Other Classic Success Writings

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Elbert Hubbard was that rarest of beings--a philosophical businessman. In 1895 he founded the Roycrofters, a community of artisans selling handcrafted goods. A prolific author, he was a favorite of Henry Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, and other great leaders of his time.

A Message
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Michelle Turner
This motivational classic was written one winter night in 1899. A Message to Garcia is a pithy volume of only 17 pages. Written in just one hour it is chock full of pearls of wisdom. It centers on the real life story of Major Andrew S. Rowan who traveled the harsh terrain across the island of Cuba to meet with rebel force leader General Calixto Garcia. In doing so he infiltrated enemy lines and secured information that led to the success of the United States Army during the Spanish American War. ...more
Robert Miller
Nov 28, 2011 Robert Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Makes complete sense, more businesses need to heed this wisdom.
Jan 22, 2009 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Was asked to read this for work and pretty much hated every minute of it. The only reason I didn't give it a single star is because the author offered a kind of interesting look at the importance of being a "cog in the machine" during the Industrial Revolution. Still, the chapter that compares a good woman to a loaf of brown bread (over and over again) was really just too much for me. I actually wrote the words "bite me" in the margin -- probably not the type of high-level analysis my boss was l ...more
Noor Azzony
an inspiring quick read!
this book which is small in size but huge in content, sheds the light on the false beleifs that we have about ourselves and about life... alhough it was written in the 1800s, most of the messages that are in it still hold true!
it is a book that breaks the boundaries that we create around ourselves. the messages in the essays of the book are found between the lines... these messages, once found, are priceless!
worth the read!
Puneet Kapoor
Jan 25, 2017 Puneet Kapoor rated it liked it
First of all it is incorrect to call this a book. At best this is an essay.
Secondly, in today's age it may sound like a collection of homilies, what with the routine pseudo-psycho babble given off by the Whatsapp gurus, this essay read in the context of its time is exceptional. A summary of what is expected of a person in his work environment. Not entirely a game changer but a ready reckoner of value guidance at hand.
Mayte Sandrin
Mar 06, 2016 Mayte Sandrin rated it it was amazing
Beautifully inspirational.

A great little book about how to win in life. Always be willing. Always be cheerful. Always be dutiful. If I ever get tempted to whine or give up, I will go back to this treasure of a book and quickly change my outlook. Loved it. Time very well spent.
David Carus
Jan 18, 2016 David Carus rated it it was amazing
Exceptional and Awesome

A true classic and something everyone should read regardless of their profession, businessman or not. People should work, do, contribute and show initiative and this book lays it out plainly why. Worth reading again and again.
Jan 28, 2014 Christy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I just can't get into this. The 5 pages that contain The Message to Garcia was 4-5 stars, but it's the rest that I'm just not "listening" to as I read. Will try again another time.
Scott Williams
Aug 08, 2015 Scott Williams rated it it was amazing
Great set of essays

I bought this for the first essay, and I was pleasantly surprised by several of the others. The book is certainly worth the 30mins required to complete it.
Erik Porter
Jul 14, 2014 Erik Porter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
on the Marine Corps reading list
kamal robinson
Oct 26, 2014 kamal robinson rated it really liked it
Wake up!

A great, simple to understand message. I enjoyed its simplicity and analogy. I must read for the youth as soon they're able to comprehend.
Matt Hulse
Jun 04, 2014 Matt Hulse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the message to Garcia. The other stuff was just fluff.
Nishalini Rajasekar
Loved this book. A must read.
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Elbert Green Hubbard was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. He was an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts movement and is, perhaps, most famous for his essay A Message to Garcia.

Also known as Fra Elbert Green, for the magazine he edited, Fra.

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“A PRAYER   The supreme prayer of my heart is not to be learned, rich, famous, powerful, or “good,” but simply to be radiant. I desire to radiate health, cheerfulness, calm courage and good will. I wish to live without hate, whim, jealousy, envy, fear. I wish to be simple, honest, frank, natural, clean in mind and clean in body, unaffected—ready to say “I do not know,” if it be so, and to meet all men on an absolute equality—to face any obstacle and meet every difficulty unabashed and unafraid. I wish others to live their lives, too—up to their highest, fullest and best. To that end I pray that I may never meddle, interfere, dictate, give advice that is not wanted, or assist when my services are not needed. If I can help people, I’ll do it by giving them a chance to help themselves; and if I can uplift or inspire, let it be by example, inference, and suggestion, rather than by injunction and dictation.” 6 likes
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