Synopses & Reviews
Praise for A Message from Garcia
"Every page bursts with new ideas and concrete steps to help you achieve a happy, satisfying, and successful life."
—Harvey MacKay, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive
"First we read Charles's clear and insightful book . . . and then we gave it to our college- finishing son. We recommend that you do the same two things. This book is a terrific road map for anyone on the path to success."
—Richard and Linda Eyre authors of Teaching Your Children Values, #1 on the New York Times bestseller list
"People who strive for success are junkies for wisdom. Charlie Garcia's book is just the fix they need. It distills the wisdom of the ages with stories that provoke action towards success. Want to make it big? Read this book. By the time you finish it, you'll not only say, 'Yes, I can,' you'll say, 'Yes, I will.'"
—Lionel Sosa, media advisor to President George W. Bush author of The Americano Dream: How Latinos Can Achieve Success in Business and in Life
"Charles Garcia's A Message from Garcia provides both inspiration and message. The inspiration comes from his own story, effectively woven throughout the book; the message comes from his demonstration that success is neither born nor given, but earned through effective education, careful understanding of self, and fundamental expertise in the work you choose to do. Garcia got it right. Reading his book helps the rest of us get it right too."
—John V. Lombardi, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
"America is the land of opportunity. I came to this country with empty pockets, a head filled with dreams, and a desire to succeed. I tell young people all the time that if you believe in yourself, you can do anything. A Message from Garcia wonderfully echoes these thoughts and more, explaining principles of success in a lighthearted manner that will pump you full of energy and excitement to dream big and achieve your goals."
—Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California
Success can be measured in various ways, but ultimately, success is defined by the person striving to achieve it. Charles Patrick Garcia knows this well. Throughout his career, from Chairman of the Cadet Honor Committee at the U.S. Air Force Academy to White House Fellow to CEO of the nation's fastest growing Hispanic-owned business-Garcia has learned how to succeed, and now he wants to show people from all walks of life, at any age, how to do the same in both business and life.
About the Author
CHARLES PATRICK GARCIA shares the secrets of success he observed working with some of this nation's most exceptional government and business leaders. He has worked for three U.S. presidents, a cabinet secretary, a governor, and a four-star general. These mentors and Mr. Garcia's firsthand observations became the foundation upon which he built his own company into a worldwide organization and the platform on which he based this Wall Street Journal bestselling book—a light, easy read, packed with potent information that has the power to change lives.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: GET BUSY LIVING OR GET BUSY DYING.
Chapter 1. Babe Ruth: Strikeout King or Home Run King?
Chapter 2. Find What You Love to Do, Even If It’s Selling Shower Curtains.
Chapter 3. Pursue Your Passion, Success Does Not Equal Money.
Appendix. The Ultimate Personality Test.
PART TWO: TURN YOUR BELIEFS INTO SUCCESS MAGNETS.
Chapter 4. Olivia’s Magic Bracelet.
Chapter 5. Success Belief 1: Follow the Initiative of Lieutenant Rowan.
Chapter 6. Success Belief 2: You Need Ganas.
Chapter 7. Success Belief 3: Leave the Ivory Tower.
Chapter 8. Success Belief 4: Treat Everyone You Meet as if They Were a War Hero.
Chapter 9. Success Belief 5: Things Can Go from Bad to Great in the Blink of an Eye.
Chapter 10. Success Belief 6: Honor, Duty, country.
Chapter 11. Success Belief 7: Always Do What Is Right, and let the Chips Fall Where They May.
Chapter 12. Success Belief 8: Reading Is a Magnet for Success.
Chapter 13. Success Belief 9: You Don’t Fail If You Learn a Lesson and Preserve.
Chapter 14. Success Belief 10: Serve Your Community and Reap the Rewards.
Chapter 15. Success Belief 11: Be Open to Change.
Chapter 16. Success Belief 12: There Are Many Roads to Success.
Chapter 17. Success Belief 13: Successful People are Tenacious.
Chapter 18. Success Belief 14: Cultivate Business and Personal Relationships.
PART THREE: SUCCESS STRATEGY I: DREAM BIG.
Chapter 19. The Four Success Strategies: Dream Big, Start Planning Now, Take Action, and Preserve.
Chapter 20. Pursue Your Dreams.
Chapter 21. Fear Will Hold You Prisoner, and Hope Will Set You Free.
Chapter 22. Rise and Shine, and Fall in Line.
Chapter 23. Embrace Diversity.
Chapter 24. Age Is Not a Barrier to Success.
PART FOUR: SUCCES STRATEGY 2: START PLANNING NOW.
Chapter 25. Preparation Is Everything…and Then Some.
Chapter 26. Successful People Are Creative.
Chapter 27. The Culture of Success.
Chapter 28. Bring People In and Convince Them of Your Dream.
Chapter 29. Get the Right People on the Bus.
Chapter 30. Focus on Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknesses.
PART FIVE: SUCCESS STRATEGY 3: TAKE ACTION.
Chapter 31. Accomplish Something Every Day.
Chapter 32. To Pursue Your Passion, Find a Good Mentor.
Chapter 33. Separate the Real Role Models from the Artificial Ones.
Chapter 34. Keep a War Book.
Chapter 35. Time Is Your Enemy or Time is Your Friend.
Chapter 36. Develop Leadership Skills.
Chapter 37. To Communicate Effectively, make complicated Issues Understandable and Relevant.
Chapter 38. Successful People Have the Courage to Disagree When Necessary.
Chapter 39. Successful People Bring Out the Best in Their Team.
PART SIX: SUCCESS STRATEGY 4: PRESERVE.
Chapter 40. Perseverance is Everything.
Chapter 41. Don’t Be Afraid to Get Your Hands Dirty.
Chapter 42. Work Hard, Surf Hard.
Chapter 43. Respond to and Learn from Adversity.
Chapter 44. Believe in Yourself and Stand by Your Convictions.
Chapter 45. A Final Message from Garcia.
Charles Patrick Garcia—As Speaker.