Why I chose this book:
I chose to read A Message To Garcia because it was recommended to me by Marines that had read it before. I didn’t really know what to expect, especially to find that it was actually an essay just a little over two pages long. After reading it, I knew exactly why it was recommended to me. Give a brief description about this book:
Hubbard starts out his story with a war between the United States and Spain. There are no means of communication between the insurgent leader in Cuba, Garcia, and the U.S. So the President sends a Lieutenant by the name of Rowen into the dangerous jungle of Cuba to seek out Garcia and deliver his message. Without any question, Rowen accepts and three weeks later emerges from the jungle with his mission accomplished. Hubbard goes on to talk about how employers are always looking for good “help”, always sorting through bad apples.
Yet when times are rough and work is scarce, the scrutiny of current and future employees becomes more harsh. From this, the incompetent and unworthy are let go. Tactical lessons learned from this book: From a tactical stand point, I’d say a lesson to be learned is to trust the Marines below you to get the job done but also appreciate the Marines that you know will, because it is becoming more uncommon for Marines and civilians alike to be selfless, loyal, unquestioning, individuals. Leadership lessons learned from this book:
The leadership lesson that stand out most to me from this essay is to lead by example. From my own experiences, I never really understood how great of an impact my actions would have on certain Marines, but surprisingly enough they did. I saw that by taking initiative to get stuff done around the shop, by spending those extra five to ten minutes to do a job the right way started to influence some of my peers to do the same. How can the lessons learned be used today:
“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’”. It has been said to me time and time again that a man’s character is not based on what he owns, how much he makes, or what his job or status might be; but a man’s character comes from what he does for someone or something that can do nothing for him.
In other words, a selfless act for humanity. Faced with a huge obstacle, with no knowledge of the mission except knowing that he had to deliver a message to a man named Garcia, Rowen accomplished his mission. This goes to show what perseverance and sheer willpower will get you. Everyone is faced with obstacles every day, overcoming them against all odds is what makes you great. I would or would not recommend this book to my peers, and why: I would definitely recommend this essay to my peers. In my opinion, it is too short not to read and the message it conveys, as simple as it may be, is too powerful.