Message to Garcia “Motivational and True”

A Message to Garcia

Elbert Hubbard


In all this Cuban business there is one man stands out on the horizon of my memory like Mars

at perihelion.

When war broke out between Spain and the United States, it was very necessary to communicate quickly with the leader of the Insurgents. Garcia was somewhere in the mountain

fastnesses of Cuba – no one knew where. No mail or telegraph could reach him. The President

must secure his co-operation, and quickly.

What to do!

Someone said to the President, “There’s a fellow by the name of Rowan will find Garcia

for you, if anybody can.”

Rowan was sent for and given a letter to be delivered to Garcia. How “the fellow by

name of Rowan” took the letter, sealed it up in an oil-skin pouch, strapped it over his heart,

in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat, 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 having delivered his letter to Garcia, are things I have no special desire

now to tell in detail. The point I wish to make is this: McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be

delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter and did not ask, “Where is he at?”

By the Eternal! There is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and

the statue placed in every college in the land. It is not book-learning young men need, nor

instruction about this or that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be

loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies; do the thing – “carry a message

to Garcia!”

General Garcia is dead now, but there are other Garcias. No man, who has endeavored

to carry out an enterprise where many hands were needed, but has been well-nigh appalled

at times by the imbecility of the average man – the inability or unwillingness to concentrate

on a thing and do it.

Slipshod assistance, foolish inattention, dowdy indifference, and half-hearted work seem

the rule; and no man succeeds, unless by hook or crook, or threat, he forces or bribes other

men to assist him; or mayhap, God in His goodness performs a miracle, and sends him an

Angel of Light for an assistant.

You, reader, put this matter to a test: You are sitting now in your office—six clerks are

within your call. Summon any one and make this request: “Please look in the encyclopedia

and make a brief memorandum for me concerning the life of Corregio.”

Will the clerk quietly say, “Yes, sir,” and go do the task?

On your life, he will not. He will look at you out of a fishy eye, and ask one or more of

the following questions:

Who was he?

Which encyclopedia?

Where is the encyclopedia?

Was I hired for that?

Don’t you mean Bismarck?

What’s the matter with Charlie doing it?

Is he dead?

Is there any hurry?

Shan’t I bring you the book and let you look it up yourself?

What do you want to know for?

And I will lay you ten to one that after you have answered the questions, and explained

how to find the information, and why you want it, the clerk will go off and get one of the2

other clerks to help him find Garcia – and then come back and tell you there is no such man.

Of course I may lose my bet, but according to the Law of Average, I will not.

Now if you are wise you will not bother to explain to your “assistant” that Corregio is

indexed under the C’s, not in the K’s, but you will smile sweetly and say, “Never mind,” and

go look it up yourself. And this incapacity for independent action, this moral stupidity, this

infirmity of the will, this unwillingness to cheerfully catch hold and lift, are the things that

put pure socialism so far into the future. If men will not act for themselves, what will they do

when the benefit of their effort is for all?

A first mate with knotted club seems necessary; and the dread of getting “the bounce”

Saturday night holds many a worker in his place.

Advertise for a stenographer, and nine times out of ten who apply can neither spell nor

punctuate – and do not think it necessary to.

Can such a one write a letter to Garcia?

“You see that bookkeeper,” said the foreman to me in a large factory.

“Yes, what about him?”

“Well, he’s a fine accountant, but if I’d send him to town on an errand, he might accomplish the errand all right, and, on the other hand, might stop at four saloons on the way, and

when he got to Main Street, would forget what he had been sent for.”

Can such a man be entrusted to carry a message to Garcia?

We have recently been hearing much maudlin sympathy expressed for the “down-trodden

denizen of the sweat shop” and the “homeless wanderer searching for honest employment,”

and with it all often go many hard words for the men in power.

Nothing is said about the employer who grows old before his time in a vain attempt to

get frowsy ne’er-do-wells to do intelligent work; and his long patient striving with “help” that

does nothing but loaf when his back is turned. In every store and factory there is a constant

weeding-out process going on. The employer is constantly sending away “help” that have

shown their incapacity to further the interests of the business, and others are being taken on.

No matter how good times are, this sorting continues, only if times are hard and work is

scarce, this sorting is done finer – but out and forever out, the incompetent and unworthy 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 of really brilliant parts who has not the ability to manage a business

of his own, and yet who is absolutely worthless to anyone else, because he carries with him

constantly the insane suspicion that his employer is oppressing, or intending to oppress, him.

He can not give orders, and he will not receive them. Should a message be given him to take

to Garcia, his answer would probably be, “Take it yourself.”

Tonight this man walks the streets looking for work, the wind whistling through his

threadbare coat. No one who knows him dare employ him, for he is a regular firebrand of

discontent. He is impervious to reason, and the only thing that can impress him is the toe of

a thick-soled No. 9 boot.

Of course I know that one so morally deformed is no less to be pitied than a physical

cripple; but in your pitying, let us drop a tear, too, for the men who are striving to carry

on a great enterprise, whose working hours are not limited by the whistle, and whose hair

is fast turning white through the struggle to hold the line in dowdy indifference, slipshod

imbecility, and the heartless ingratitude which, but for their enterprise, would be both hungry

and homeless.

Have I put the matter too strongly? Possibly I have; but when all the world has gone

a-slumming I wish to speak a word of sympathy for the man who succeeds – the man who,

against great odds, has directed the efforts of others, and, having succeeded, finds there’s

nothing in it: nothing but bare board and clothes. I have carried a dinner-pail and worked for

a day’s wages, and I have also been an employer of labor, and I know there is something to be

said on both sides. There is no excellence, per se, in poverty; rags are no recommendation; and

all employers are not rapacious and high-handed, any more than all poor men are virtuous.My heart goes out to the man who does his work when the “boss” is away, as well as when he

is home. And the man who, when given a letter for Garcia, quietly takes the missive, without

asking any idiotic questions, and with no lurking intention of chucking it into the nearest

sewer, or of doing aught else but deliver it, never gets “laid off,” nor has to go on strike for

higher wages. Civilization is one long anxious search for just such individuals. Anything such

a man asks will be granted; his kind is so rare that no employer can afford to let him go. He

is wanted in every city, town, and village – in every office, shop, store and factory. The world

cries out for such; he is needed, and needed badly—the man who can

Carry a message to Garcia.




Truth is an interesting concept to ponder on. Wouldn’t we all agree that there seems to be some governing law or laws that we know when we are blindly going against them because negative results begin to happen within our lives. Of course we will not go to jail for minor offense but when we step completely out of line then it seems to land us no where good.


Let us first look at truth as a whole, or the knowledge of good and evil concept. Whether we admit it to our selves or not I firmly believe we all know when something wrong has happened such as 9/11 or natural disasters such as the tsunami in Japan, or the earth quake in Haiti, and We all feel wronged when taken advantage of or gossiped about. This where I like to start because everyone knows that there is wrong and if there is wrong then by definition there must be right. Just like there is a wrong and right way for driving on the street. There are these same principals in any area of life but for time sake lets look into finances.


With a little observation it is not very difficult to realize that some people are financially successful while others for the lack of a better term are not. Now is this because some are “lucky” and some are not, or is it by applying truth in the financial area. Well lets look at truly lucky people wouldn’t we all agree that winning the lottery is the luckiest thing someone can have happen to them. As it turns out though the majority of lottery winners end up the same place they were before and a lot of times even worse off than before. All this is because even though they came upon millions of dollars rather shortly they didn’t know, or apply the financial truth that would of kept them going and even increase the wealth they already had. Here is a fun fact did you know that 68% of billionaires created there wealth out of nothing. People like Sam Walton, Ray Croc, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs and many more started with nothing but built an empire though hard work and being able to apply the truths in the area of finances and others.
Here is a couple of applicable laws that will be able to set you off on the right foot financially. First read the Richest Man In Babylon it is a must read for anyone who would like to become financially independent. The first law that the book talks about is paying the church ten percent and pay yourself ten percent. How can we do this? A great way is to take it out before you even see it. Think about how much taxes come out of our pay checks but we don’t seem to notice too much because it is out before you can spend it. Why don’t we do that in order to set ourselves up financially instead of live paycheck to paycheck. That is one of many laws found in the book I would highly recommend reading the book if your goal is to feel more security in your life.


In closing I once heard a very wise man say this one thing that will forever change my life, he said “If you take the easy way out of life life will get harder, and if you take the hard way out of life life will get easier.” This is one of the most profound things that I have ever heard being young myself and many opportunities to have “fun” or live the college lifestyle but I saw that it was not getting the people the places they wanted to get. So I chose a different path. The path was though leadership and business even more it was through network marketing. I believe that this field has traditionally been one of the most difficult fields to rise to success just because how many people are involved. Nothing about myself but through, many times pounding my fist against the steering wheel and tears and many heartbreaks we are on our way to having a very, very, very easy life style financially. The quote rings true that what is hard pays off and that was is easy gives you a stomach ache. Hopefully this encourages you to win in any field that you find yourself in, and not to give in to being just average. This blog is for people who want to win in life even if you don’t feel like a winner right now. Just so you know join the crowd. Although this feeling can change at any moment you decide to. All that has to happen is follow the decision with consistent progress to your goal. And it will be achieved. Remember if it is hard, most likely it is right.

The Gift of Free Will

The Gift of Free Will

I personally believe that we are more than a big cosmic accident and that we were designed by a God who is seeking after a personal relationship with all of us, and because he is seeking for a romantic relationship he has bestowed on all of us the Gift of Free Will.

This gift separates us from all of nature, and us being a leader either in the family, work, church, or sports teams, ect. We have the choice to either be a failure or a success, we have the choice to live to our full potential or half. A man named Jim Rohn says it like this, “ if we have the potential to make a million dollars a year and we only make two hundred and fifty thousand than we are losing at that particular instant because we haven’t completed our reach,” and the way to increase the reach even further is through learning.

We are different than all of nature because you would never see a tree grow to half of it potential height, or a lion not keep searching for its next prey, or a whale doing just enough to get by. Why then it so common for people to be comfortable and settle for what they have? The bible says “in contentment there is great gain,” but no where does it say to settle for what you have.

You have the choice to live whatever type of life you want, and if you are proactive you can achieve anything. Do you want to live life by just getting by or do you want to excel, the choice is yours. DO CHOSE WISELY.

Here We Go!!!!


This Blog will be the written story of my leadership journey and my track. You, the reader can track me not by my story but by the content of the material and the number of my followers, as well as the quality of my followers. My real leadership journey will be in the field building real relationships with people one on one, I believe the power of a relationship is impossible to a price on the amount of impact you can have in life because how can the leader know the end. The blog though will be a resource that I will use to broaden the width of the impact not, but not necessarily deepen the impact.

Just so you know where I’m starting from because everything has to start somewhere “except God.” I am 21 years of age with a passion to make a difference in lives first in mine then second in others. I have been active in a leadership community for the past year and am excited where it is taking my business and my life. I have been married since July 1st of 2011 to an amazing wife and help mate Melissa Jumper, she is the pillar that I lean on.

With in the next five years my wife and I will be earning a seven figure income yearly, as well as giving seven figures away every year to the charities we believe will make the most impact. We will have a following of over a thousand individuals personally not counting the internet following.

In ten years we want to have written a best seller leadership book among others. We will see and I’m very excited to embark on this journey.


“A journey of a thousand miles begin with one step”


“It doesn’t matter how you start, what matters is how you finish.”