A message to Garcia is an inspirational essay written by Elbert Hubbard. It was originally published in the March, 1899 issue of the Philistine magazine which he edited, but was quickly published into a pamphlet or book. The message was well known in American business culture. Its main idea was to narrate the characteristics of competent and capable employees such as Rowan.
In the message it told of Rowan, the hero of the tale. Rowan’s mission was to bring a message to General Garcia. Rowan was organized, attentive, cooperative, and able to act independently in order to accomplish his goal.
Rowan was good at doing his job and does not need to be constantly watched. He is always focused on results. If he is tasked with something he does it as crisp and efficient as possible. He has great confidence in himself and what he does. He is a man that can be trusted to take on any job from the simplest of assignments to the most difficult. I believe Hubbard’s Message to Garcia was made to try to get others to learn from Rowan’s example. Hubbard wrote the message after a trying day at work when he was trying to train some delinquent villagers and I think he made the message so that they would have a better understanding of what he was trying to teach them.
There were several passages that supported his motives for writing the message. One in particular caught my eye. In the Apologia, “If you work for a man, in Heaven’s name work for him. If he pays wages that supply you your bread and butter, work for him, speak well of him, think well of him and stand by him, and stand by the institution he represents. I think if I worked for a man, I would work for him.” That quote basically said everything that he wanted to express. From that he started to influence others to see his point of views on performing above and beyond at all time. If you are getting paid to perform a job become the best at it. He wants workers to have a since of loyalty not only to your supervisor...
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