Thursday, September 30, 2010

The best advice I ever got - Colin Powell

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Colin Powell
Former Secretary of State, Retired four-star General

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The words of wisdom: 

Focus on performance, not power

What Colin Powell heard from a conversation between reserve army captains and a young infantry officer.

"How do I become a general?", A young second lieutenant asked an old general. 

The general replied, “Son, you’ve got to work like a dog. You’ve got to have moral and physical courage. There may be days you’re tired, but you must never show fatigue. You’ll be afraid, but you can never show fear. You must always be the leader.”

“Thank you, sir.. so this is how I can become a general?”, asked the young second lieutenant.

"No, that’s how you become a first lieutenant and then you keep doing it over and over."

I’ve always tried to do my best today, think about tomorrow, and maybe dream a bit about the future. But doing your best in the present has to be the rule. You won’t become a general unless you become a good first lieutenant.

About Colin Powell
Colin Powell, the first African-American to be appointed, was a United States Secretary of State serving under President George W. Bush.
The position is the head of the United States Department of State concerned with foreign affairs. 
It is the highest-ranking cabinet secretary both in line of succession and order of precedence.

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