A Message from Garcia: Yes, You Can Succeed

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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 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)

"...since Garcia has achieved success, those just starting out in business may be inspired to try his techniques". ( Publishers Weekly, October 13, 2003)

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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."
#1 New York Times bestselling author Harvey MacKay,
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, 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

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