Colin Powell’s 13 Rules

I have long been an admirer of Colin Powell, and have read two of his books. General Powell has been an outstanding leader as a combat officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State. He has shared 13 rules that guide his life and I submit them to you as possible rules to consider for your own life. Let me know what you think.

Colin Powell’s 13 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.


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