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ISBN-13: 978-0471755838 ISBN-10: 0471755834 Edition: Reprint

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A decorated military officer and founder of the Sterling Financial Group shares the secrets of success that made his company the fastest growing Hispanic-owned business. As a recent law school graduate, Garcia was on the brink of accepting a clerkship for a judge, when he took the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator Test (he suggests a variety of personality tests to discover potential). The test results convinced him that he would be happier going into business. According to Garcia, the key to success is finding out what you are passionate about and pursuing it. In order to accomplish this, he recommends a number of less-than-original strategies such as adequate planning and preparation, hooking up with successful people, finding a mentor and persevering despite setbacks. Laced throughout this manual are anecdotes that describe the author's considerable accomplishments (he is a former White House fellow) and those of others who have used the tools described here to realize their dreams. He draws heavily from the military and the Republican political establishment to illustrate his ideal of success (e.g., William Bennett, Ronald Reagan, Army Major General Loeffke, Jeb Bush). Since Garcia has achieved success, those just starting out in business may be inspired to try his techniques, but many others will be put off by a relentless positive style.
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A decorated military officer and founder of the Sterling Financial Group shares the secrets of success that made his company the fastest growing Hispanic-owned business. As a recent law school graduate, Garcia was on the brink of accepting a clerkship for a judge, when he took the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator Test (he suggests a variety of personality tests to discover potential). The test results convinced him that he would be happier going into business. According to Garcia, the key to success is finding out what you are passionate about and pursuing it. In order to accomplish this, he recommends a number of less-than-original strategies such as adequate planning and preparation, hooking up with successful people, finding a mentor and persevering despite setbacks. Laced throughout this manual are anecdotes that describe the author's considerable accomplishments (he is a former White House fellow) and those of others who have used the tools described here to realize their dreams. He draws heavily from the military and the Republican political establishment to illustrate his ideal of success (e.g. William Bennett, Ronald Regan, Army Major General Loeffke, Jeb Bush). Since Garcia has achieved success, those just starting out in business may be inspired to try his techniques, but many others will be put off by a relentless positive style (Oct.)
Forecast: Wiley is pushing this book, and is heavily concentrating on the Hispanic readership. (Publishers Weekly, October 13, 2003) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Reprint edition (April 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471755834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471755838
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is insightful, entertaining, inspirational, and practical.
Kimera
Mr. Garcia's message, that everyone can succeed, is as evocative to us all as the American Dream has been to countless numbers of immigrants.
Edwin Garcia, CEO NSHMBA
At the end of the day, this is a great book for those who want to help themselves to a better career and a better life.
Francois Didier Menard

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tom East on October 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I would recommend this book for two reasons. One, I am responsible for motivating a team of employees to make my company a success, and Garcia offers plenty of business related insights that can help me. I can't wait to share the four success strategies with my people. The second reason I like this book is more personal: I don't want to be stuck here in middle-management-limbo all my career. My goal is to eventually become a CEO, I have an idea for my own company and this book is giving me the personal strength and the professional techniques that can help me visualize achieving that dream. A Message From Garcia offers some very powerful advice on setting goals and meeting them. I have read many books on success and this one takes the genre to a new level. Kudos, Garcia! This is the holiday gift I am giving to my entire staff and my boss. And his website, successcompass.com is amazing...check it out!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Josh Campbell on October 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
What can I say about this book? I loved it! In less than a year I will have to face the "real world" armed only with a bachelor's degree and my own resourcefulness. A Message From Garcia makes it clear that I have everything within me that I need not only to find a job but to build a life that I love. You wouldn't believe how glad I was to receive this message. So many of my classmates are frightened about the economy and discouraged about their job prospects. Sometimes I get discouraged, too, listening to their negativity. I guess I am still nervous but now I realize that achieving my dreams is a realistic goal if I'm willing to work hard, think creatively and not give up. I don't usually write reviews like this, but I felt compelled to say that this book is definitely worth reading. It gave me hope at a time that I really need it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Sumner on January 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
There is a story in this book that really touched me. It's the story of Charles Garcia's little daughter Olivia, who was having trouble making friends at school. Her Dad gave her a "magic bracelet" and told her to wear it when she introduced herself to new people. Guess what? It worked-the first day Olivia tried it, she came home and reported that she made three new friends! Of course the "magic" in the bracelet was only in the little girl's mind - but it was, nevertheless, real. Being a teacher for more than 20 years, I've seen how easily children grasp the concept of belief, while adults continue to find reasons and make excuses for why things won't work. This story beautifully conveys the fact that we only need self-confidence and the ability to believe in ourself in order to succeed, whatever our goals may be. It's a theme that Garcia repeats throughout the book, illustrated by many real-life stories of people who pursued their dreams and caught them. Read this book if you need a little extra push - you will come away from it convinced that you can do great things.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Miller on January 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Why don't more people have a go-for-it attitude? As a high school guidance counselor, I often see students who feel hopeless, trapped in circumstances they've either created or fallen into. They don't know that all they need to "be all they can be" (to borrow a phrase from the army) is initiative and determination. You don't have to resign yourself to your fate. A Message From Garcia conveys this idea in much more inspiring language than I just did. It's a powerful concept: life as a masterpiece you can shape and mold in any way you desire. I think it's a true concept-but when you look around at most people's lives you realize it's also the best-kept secret in the Universe. I wish more people would read Garcia's book and really take its words to heart.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Mercer on October 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Good book. Great message. Lots of useful information and good stories. As a person who has never quite "fit in," I liked Garcia's emphasis on forging your own path in life. Sometimes people don't fall into predictable categories and need to think creatively about how to get from Point A (where they are) to Point B (where they want to be). "Message" offers reassurance that these "outside the box" thinkers are often the ones who find the greatest success. I especially enjoyed the SuccessCompass.com -- free stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edwin Garcia, CEO NSHMBA on December 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have read this book, I have registered with the on-line resources and I have shared copies of this book with family members. I can truly recommend this book to anyone who has high aspirations in life and is uncertain as to how to go about making them a reality. . Regardless of your race, gender, ethnicity, educational achievement; you can benefit from this book.
But don't buy this book if you are just curious about how a successful CEO made it big or if you are looking for a "how-to-book" describing a few simple tips to improve what you currently do. Buy this book if you intend to put to practice what Charles P. Garcia describes in it. Buy this book if you have made a commitment to your dreams and aspirations to succeed. Buy this book if you have a burning desire to achieve your potential and have the drive and commitment to stick to it until you succeed!
Yes, this book describes a step-by-step principled based process you can use to achieve; but it's more than that. Yes, Mr. Garcia outlines a process you can use to succeed in clear steps: "Success Beliefs" and "Success Strategies"; but that's not all. Yes the author describes a process of success using humorous personal stories and does these things while inspiring. Mr. Garcia's message, that everyone can succeed, is as evocative to us all as the American Dream has been to countless numbers of immigrants. With a plan, and determination we all can make it!
Finally, I also liked this book for the many useful references it provides and the free on-line resources. Readers who seek to expand their understanding of any of the many useful points made by the author will have easy access to the respective sources. Readers who don't have time to read 200 best sellers will find a distillation of them therein. The free online resources provide are an excellent compliment to the concepts presented by the author and a great way for readers to stick to their plans.
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