Super Cities №118 - A Message To Garcia

Brendan Hart

One Big Thing

A Message To Garcia*

[The] Story of an American soldier charged with delivering a critical message to a leader of Cuban rebel forces during the Spanish American War. He delivers the urgent missive with no questions asked, no complaining, and no hedging.

Hart’s Comment

In 1899, Elbert Hubbard wrote “A Message To Garcia.” This short essay — the author wrote it an hour — was distributed more than forty million times.

The essay’s central point is that, like Lt. Rowan carrying a message to General Garcia, there are times in our lives when we must complete our missions regardless of externalities.

No escape hatches. No deflection. No shedding responsibility.

In the era of #fakenews, some things remain consistent and true.

The power of perseverance is one of those ancient truths.

  • Thanks for sharing this story, Tom.