The late Colin Powell was an American hero, and a true patriot. Rising through the ranks of the U.S military, he eventually became a general and then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Later, he served as U.S. Secretary of State under George W. Bush.
Powell was a superb speaker, motivating audiences every time he took the stage. The 12 tips notes that follow are reflected and interspersed in his award-winning book, My American Journey (Random House).
Powell’s Rules to Live By
“As I travel around the country, I invite questions from my audiences. They seem to be searching for a guiding star. They see order breaking down. I don’t have all the answers, but I do have a few ‘rules’ that I try to live by.”
1) It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
2) Get angry, then get over it.
3) Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls,
your ego goes with it.
4) It can be done!
5) Be careful what you choose. You may get it.
6) Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
7) You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
8) Check small things.
9) Share credit.
10) Remain calm. Be kind.
11) Have a vision. Be demanding.
12) Don’t take counsel of your fears of naysayers.
For good measure, he noted that optimism does make a difference and said, “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” Long may he run.
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