General Colin Powell had a 13-point rulebook for life.
He showed them to me when we spent the day together a few years ago at the National War College in Washington DC, and they made a huge impression – mainly because I agreed with every single one of them.
They’re worth repeating again in full today as America mourns the loss – tragically, from complications due to Covid-19 – of perhaps the greatest president it never had:
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.
Powell’s rules resonated so strongly with me because they sounded so real.
This wasn’t the robotic soundbite claptrap of a dreary career politician.
This was hard-earned real-world advice from a man who’d fought his way from the bottom to the very top of society, and who’d had to fight for everything that he achieved.
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Source: Daily Mail