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A Message to Garcia

A Message to Garcia
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On February 22, 1899, in one hour after dinner, American publisher and writer Elbert Hubbard wrote a 1500-word essay titled "A Message to Garcia."

A true story of initiative and responsibility, the piece went on to be printed more than 40 million times.

The version here was produced in 1914 after the material had significant publishing success – it includes an introduction by the author and some additional (and inspiring) closing thoughts.

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No Gomo™

gomo:(go-mo) noun: a person who goes through the motions

Don't go through the motions in 2013. Be more like all those people you admire.

Check out www.GiveMore.com for fresh ways to encourage your people to commit, complain less, create their own luck, be resilient, and have a positive attitude towards service.

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Printable booklet

Printable booklet

Download and print the free "Be Like Rowan" booklet – includes Hubbard's essay, as well as worksheets and reminders.

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The Rowan Awards

Rowan awards

Download and print awards to hand out to team members who show Rowan-like initiative.

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Rowan to the Rescue

Rowan to the Rescue

Read and print our kids' version of "A Message to Garcia" – includes illustrations and discussion questions to help your kids understand the importance of working hard and taking initiative.

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