Goodbye, August Goodbye, August.
When war broke out init was very necessary to communicate quickly with the leader of the insurgents in Cuba.
Garcia was somewhere in the mountain vastness of Cuba—no one knew where. No mail nor telegraph message could reach him. The President had to secure his cooperation, and quickly.
He disappeared into the jungle, and in three weeks came out on the other side of the island, having traversed a hostile country on foot, and delivered his letter to Garcia.
The details of this journey across trepid waters and through formidable tropics are left for your imagination. There is a man whose image should be cast in deathless bronze and whose statue should be placed in every college in America.
General Garcia died a long time ago, but there are other Garcias. Any leader, who has attempted to do something great, where many hands were needed, has been appalled at times by the ineptitude of the average man—the inability or unwillingness to concentrate on a thing and do it.
Careless work, foolish inattention, lack of passion, and half-hearted assistance seem the rule. Too many people expect to succeed by the sake of their portentous degrees, imaginary entitlements, and backdoor deals; sometimes they beg their more highly accomplished friends to advocate for them and put in a good word for their promotion.
On the rarest of occasions, God performs a miracle and sends an employer an Angel of Light—a Rowan. If you are an employer, you can put this to a test.
Almost certainly, they will not. He or she will look at you with curious eyes and ask one or more of the following questions: How many stories should I read? Should I e-mail it to you? How do I write a memorandum? Will I get paid overtime for this? Can I just send you the links to the news articles?
Can I tell Chuck to do this?
What do you want this for? And I bet you ten to one that after you have answered the questions, and explained how to find the information, and why you want it, the employee will go off and get one of the other employees to help him try to complete this task—and then come back and ask you five more questions the following day.
Of course, I may lose my bet, but according to the Law of Average, I will not. And this incapacity for independent action, this moral stupidity, this death of initiative, this unwillingness to cheerfully grab the weight and lift, are the reasons why pure Socialism will always fail.
If men and women will not act for themselves, what will they do if they could succeed with no effort? Without Capitalism, businesses would need a slave driver with a whip to beat the labor out of workers.
Publish a job posting for an administrative assistant, and nine out of ten who apply, can neither spell nor punctuate a complete sentence—and do not think it necessary to. Can someone like this write a letter to Garcia? Meanwhile, these Millennials are quick to point out their suffering under rising tuition cost, exorbitant housing prices, and the economic downturns that their Baby Boomer predecessors caused.
How quick do these generations point out the faults of the others? If yes, join my leadership distro. About once a month, I send out short tips and ideas to help you improve your business and life. Your information is protected and I never spam. Your Name Your Email No sympathy is shown to the employer whose hair turns gray while waiting for the doing-the-minimums to do intelligent work; or the supervisor who patiently toils while her staff browses ESPN as soon as her back is turned.
In every store and office there is a constant weeding-out process going on. No matter how good the economy is, this sorting continues, only if times are hard and work is scarce, the sorting is done with more care—but it is continuous, the incompetent and unworthy must go.
It is the survival of the fittest. Self-interest prompts every employer to keep the best—those who can carry a message to Garcia. I know one man, a good engineer with years of experience, but who is absolutely worthless to anyone else.
He throws a temper tantrum if his annual evaluation has one negative remark. He cannot give orders; and he will not receive them. Tomorrow this man will e-mail his LinkedIn network looking for a new job. He will get few replies. No one who knows him dare give him a job or put their reputation on the line for him."A Message to Garcia is an essay about initiative published by Elbert Hubbard in Download the full text of Hubbard's booklet version.
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“A Message to Garcia” was written in by Elbert Hubbard, and has enjoyed much success as a notable piece of creative nonfiction since its initial reception.
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"A Message to Garcia" is a widely distributed essay written by Elbert Hubbard in , expressing the value of individual initiative and conscientiousness in work.
As its primary example, the essay uses a dramatized version of a daring escapade performed by an American soldier, 1st Lt. Andrew S. Rowan, just prior to the Spanish–American rutadeltambor.com essay describes Rowan carrying a message . Note: "A Message to Garcia" is a classic essay about initiative published by Elbert Hubbard in in The rutadeltambor.com essay created such a sensation that Hubbard republished it as a booklet with additional background and commentary.