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A Message from Garcia: Yes, You Can Succeed [Paperback]

Charles Patrick Garcia , Jaime Escalante
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April 7, 2006 0471755834 978-0471755838 Reprint
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.

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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.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Reprint edition (April 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471755834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471755838
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.8 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: #617,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Message 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Management Must Read 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great combination of reason and belief 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Concept 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book. Great Message. 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful! April 21, 2004
Format:Hardcover
The recipe for success isn't so tough to figure out, writes financial entrepreneur Charles Patrick Garcia. Start with a heaping helping of passion, then mix in equal parts hard work, integrity, belief and positive attitude. The quality of the final dish resides in the details, of course, so the former military intelligence officer outlines the actions you must take to succeed and the mindset you need to adopt. Garcia's easily digested writing style, peppered with plenty of real-world examples from the military, politics and business, makes this motivational book a rewarding repast. We suggests Garcia's success manual to managers looking for a refresher course in staying focused, inspired and on task.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars synchronicity, indeed! March 3, 2004
Format:Hardcover
here is a light read with a heavy dose of motivation! if you are down about having resigned yourself to a life of mediocrity, mr. garcia has crafted just the pep talk you need. replete with apt anecdotes and real-life success stories, the book inspires you to greatness and a life of deliberate action.
"yes, you can succeed" fortuitously appeared in my life just as i was reevaluating my future. i gave a copy of the book to a friend wrestling with similar issues. if you are ready to start turning your dreams into reality, you should get yourself a copy, as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book order
The description said the book was almost like new. It did not disclose that it had a personal name inscribed by the author. I had planned to give it as a gift. Read more
Published 14 months ago by H. Derryberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
After reading this fine book I have reccomended it to everyone I know that wants to "Get ahead" in life.
Published on May 14, 2011 by Dennis M. Dutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding refresher on how to focus in order to attain your highest...
Charles Garcia has a very special talent and ability to break things down that may seem daunting or impossible to most people. Read more
Published on July 21, 2009 by J. Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!!
This is a great book that gives you hope and inspires you to succeed in life. I loved it and shared it with all of my family and friends.
Published on February 8, 2007 by S. Vihlen
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
I'm a pretty big fan of motivational books, because they seem to be exactly what I need at any particular moment. Read more
Published on January 3, 2005 by A. J. Vasaris
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes You Think
Gave me a new train of thought about money. Helps you to "see" how you actually view money, plus a lot of other insightful information. I liked it, it's that simple.
Published on May 26, 2004 by Sheila
4.0 out of 5 stars Juggling Work/Life/Success
This book does a good job helping you prioritize your relationship between work, success, family and personal growth, with clear & concrete advice. Read more
Published on February 5, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book does not allow you to forget what YOU want!
I have never been a big fan of motivational books, because they seem so "pie in the sky" if you know what I mean. Read more
Published on January 29, 2004 by J. Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Message can benefit you
A Message From Garcia is the kind of book that would make a good gift: for a teenager or college student maybe, or on the other end of the spectrum, for a retiree who's ready for... Read more
Published on January 29, 2004 by A. Barge
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