General Colin Powell Has Some Really Good Rules

I was reading through Success magazine this weekend and was eager to read the cover story about General Colin Powell. When I was starting The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, he was very generous to join our honorary board of regents and he remained a part of the group until he became Secretary of State.

I have met him a few times and heard him speak at numerous events over the years. He is always so humble and genuine and he always inspires me to want to be a better person and leader. He truly is, as the article points out, a person who has forged a reputation of integrity to become one of the nation’s most respected leaders.

I remember reading his book a few years ago, My American Journey, and I appreciated the list of Colin Powell’s rules. It was a nice reminder to see them again in the Success article and I thought I would share them with you Scholar Scoopers:

Colin Powell’s Rules
1. It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
2. Get mad; 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 or naysayers.
13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

General Powell has provided a gift to all of us by setting an example and sharing ways we can create an equally fulfilling and meaningful life.


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