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A message from Garcia : yes, you can succeed
Garcia, Charles Patrick.
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Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, [2003]

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xvi, 272 pages ; 24 cm
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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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Charles Patrick Garcia is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, a highly decorated military officer, a Columbia Law School graduate, and a former White House Fellow. In 1997, at the age of thirty-six, he founded Sterling Financial Group of Companies

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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. (Oct.) Forecast: Wiley is pushing this book, and is heavily concentrating on the Hispanic readership. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xv
Part 1 Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dyingp. 1
Chapter 1 Babe Ruth: Strikeout King or Home Run King?p. 3
Chapter 2 Find What You Love to Do, Even If It's Selling Shower Curtainsp. 9
Chapter 3 Pursue Your Passion, Success Does Not Equal Moneyp. 17
Appendix The Ultimate Personality Testp. 26
Part 2 Turn Your Beliefs into Success Magnetsp. 35
Chapter 4 Olivia's Magic Braceletp. 37
Chapter 5 Success Belief 1: Follow the Initiative of Lieutenant Rowanp. 44
Chapter 6 Success Belief 2: You Need Ganasp. 50
Chapter 7 Success Belief 3: Leave the Ivory Towerp. 54
Chapter 8 Success Belief 4: Treat Everyone You Meet as if They Were a War Herop. 60
Chapter 9 Success Belief 5: Things Can Go from Bad to Great in the Blink of an Eyep. 65
Chapter 10 Success Belief 6: Honor, Duty, Countryp. 69
Chapter 11 Success Belief 7: Always Do What Is Right, and Let the Chips Fall Where They Mayp. 78
Chapter 12 Success Belief 8: Reading Is a Magnet for Successp. 82
Chapter 13 Success Belief 9: You Don't Fail If You Learn a Lesson and Perseverep. 87
Chapter 14 Success Belief 10: Serve Your Community and Reap the Rewardsp. 91
Chapter 15 Success Belief 11: Be Open to Changep. 97
Chapter 16 Success Belief 12: There Are Many Roads to Successp. 104
Chapter 17 Success Belief 13: Successful People are Tenaciousp. 108
Chapter 18 Success Belief 14: Cultivate Business and Personal Relationshipsp. 112
Part 3 Success Strategy 1: Dream Bigp. 121
Chapter 19 The Four Success Strategies: Dream Big, Start Planning Now, Take Action, and Perseverep. 123
Chapter 20 Pursue Your Dreamsp. 129
Chapter 21 Fear Will Hold You Prisoner, and Hope Will Set You Freep. 137
Chapter 22 Rise and Shine, and Fall in Linep. 141
Chapter 23 Embrace Diversityp. 148
Chapter 24 Age Is Not a Barrier to Successp. 154
Part 4 Success Strategy 2: Start Planning Nowp. 159
Chapter 25 Preparation Is Everything ... and Then Somep. 161
Chapter 26 Successful People Are Creativep. 164
Chapter 27 The Culture of Successp. 168
Chapter 28 Bring People In and Convince Them of Your Dreamp. 174
Chapter 29 Get the Right People on the Busp. 177
Chapter 30 Focus on Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknessesp. 182
Part 5 Success Strategy 3: Take Actionp. 185
Chapter 31 Accomplish Something Every Dayp. 187
Chapter 32 To Pursue Your Passion, Find a Good Mentorp. 191
Chapter 33 Separate the Real Role Models from the Artificial Onesp. 199
Chapter 34 Keep a War Bookp. 204
Chapter 35 Time Is Your Enemy or Time Is Your Friendp. 209
Chapter 36 Develop Leadership Skillsp. 212
Chapter 37 To Communicate Effectively, Make Complicated Issues Understandable and Relevantp. 217
Chapter 38 Successful People Have the Courage to Disagree When Necessaryp. 221
Chapter 39 Successful People Bring Out the Best in Their Teamp. 224
Part 6 Success Strategy 4: Perseverep. 231
Chapter 40 Perseverance is Everythingp. 233
Chapter 41 Don't Be Afraid to Get Your Hands Dirtyp. 238
Chapter 42 Work Hard, Surf Hardp. 241
Chapter 43 Respond to and Learn from Adversityp. 244
Chapter 44 Believe in Yourself and Stand by Your Convictionsp. 248
Chapter 45 A Final Message from Garciap. 251
Endnotesp. 255
Indexp. 265
Charles Patrick Garcia--As Speakerp. 271