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American general and politician, Birth: 5-4-1937 Colin Powell Quotes
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There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
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No shortcuts to triumph; it is borne out of planning, toil, and profiting from missteps.
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Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
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When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I'll like it or not. Disagreement, at this state, stimulates me. But once a decision is made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own.
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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.
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Never receive counsel from unproductive people. Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how. Not everyone has a right to speak into your life. You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person. Don't follow anyone who's not going anywhere.
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A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
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Aspiration does not materialize by enchantment; it necessitates toil, resolution and diligence.
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Pissing people off doesn't mean you're doing the right things, but doing the right things will almost inevitably piss people off.
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Incensing people does not necessarily indicate that one is acting properly, however taking the correct course of action will almost certainly evoke antagonism.
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The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people.
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Leadership is all about people. It is not about organizations. It is not about plans. It is not about strategies. It is all about people-motivating people to get the job done. You have to be people-centered.
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None of us can change our yesterdays but all of us can change our tomorrows.
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No one of us can alter our pasts, yet everyone of us can shape our futures.
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If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.
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If you are going to succeed remarkably in important matters, you cultivate the practice in trifling concerns. Outstanding performance is not an anomaly, it is a pervasive mindset.
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Every organization needs to be introspective, transparent, and honest with itself. This only works if everyone is unified on the goals and purposes of the organization and there is trust within the team. High-performing, successful organizations build cultures of introspection and trust and never lose sight of their purpose.
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Good leaders set vision, missions, and goals. Great leaders inspire every follower at every level to internalize their purpose, and to understand that their purpose goes far beyond the mere details of their job. When everyone is united in purpose, a positive purpose that serves not only the organization but also, hopefully, the world beyond it, you have a winning team.
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Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error, and from experience.
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Skilful commanders are fashioned, not innate. They develop through experimentation and blunder, and from involvement.
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The most important thing I learned is that soldiers watch what their leaders do. You can give them classes and lecture them forever, but it is your personal example they will follow.
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The most invaluable lesson I acquired is that troops take their cues from their commanders. You can train them exhaustively and teach them until you're blue in the face, but it's your own conduct they will emulate.
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We have to start thinking of America as a family. We have to stop screeching screeching at each other, stop hurting each other, and instead start caring for, sacrificing for and sharing with each other ... We cannot move forward if cynics and critics swoop down and pick apart anything that goes wrong, to a point where we lose sight of what is right, decent and uniquely good about America.
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Don't just show kindness in passing or to be courteous. Show it in depth, show it with passion, and expect nothing in return. Kindness is not just about being nice; it's about recognizing another human being who deserves care and respect.
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All children need a laptop. Not a computer, but a human laptop. Moms, Dads, Grannies and Grandpas, Aunts, Uncles - someone to hold them, read to them, teach them. Loved ones who will embrace them and pass on the experience, rituals and knowledge of a hundred previous generations. Loved ones who will pass to the next generation their expectations of them, their hopes, and their dreams.
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Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.
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Respect for leaders by followers can't be mandated; it must be earned. It has to be given to leaders by their followers.
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Get mad, then get over it.
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Whenever you start-give it your best. The opportunities are there to be anything you want to be. But wanting to be someone isn't enough; dreaming about it isn't enough; thinking about it isn't enough. You've got to study for it, work for it, fight for it with all your heart and soul, because nobody is going to hand it to you.
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Organization doesn't really accomplish anything. Plans don't accomplish anything, either. Theories of management don't much matter. Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved. Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds.
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Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.
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No one has done more to prevent conflict - no one has made a greater sacrifice for the cause for Peace - than you, America's proud missile submarine family. You stand tall among our heroes of the Cold War.
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Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.
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A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.
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Always be looking for that which you do well and that which you love doing, and when you find those two things together — man, you got it.
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Don't be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard.
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One of the greatest talents of all is the talent to recognize and to develop talent in others.
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it' is the slogan of the complacent, the arrogant or the scared. It's an excuse for inaction, a call to non-arms.
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Being kind doesn't mean being soft or a wuss. Kindness is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of confidence. If you have developed a reputation for kindness and consideration, then even the most unpleasant decisions will go down easier because everyone will understand why you are doing what you are doing. They will realize that your decision must be necessary, and is not arbitrary or without empathy. As the old saying puts it, 'To the world, you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.'
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Don't take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
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I think whether you're having setbacks or not, the role of a leader is to always display a winning attitude.
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The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.
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Politics is not bean bags. It's serious, tough stuff.
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If a leader doesn't convey passion and intensity then there will be no passion and intensity within the organization and they'll start to fall down and get depressed.
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Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
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The only bipartisanship you ever see is when they finally sign a bill and everybody says, 'Gee, isn't that wonderful?'
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You can't make someone else's choices. You shouldn't let someone else make yours.
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Always show more kindness than seems necessary, because the person receiving it needs it more than you will ever know.
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Give me the right people and I don’t much care what organization you give me. Good things will happen. Give me the wrong people and it doesn’t matter what you do with the organization. Bad things will happen.
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We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more.
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The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.
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Don't be buffaloed by experts and elites. Experts often possess more data than judgment. Elites can become so inbred that they produce hemophiliacs who bleed to death as soon as they are nicked by the real world.
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Look for intelligence and judgment and, most critically, a capacity to anticipate, to see around corners. Also look for loyalty, integrity, a high energy drive, a balanced ego and the drive to get things done.
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Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn't go with it.
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Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.
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The purposes of the United States should not be doubted. The Security Council resolutions will be enforced - the just demands of peace and security will be met - or action will be unavoidable. And a regime that has lost its legitimacy will also lose its power.
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Strategy equals execution. All the great ideas and visions in the world are worthless if they can't be implemented rapidly and efficiently. Good leaders delegate and empower others liberally, but they pay attention to details, every day.
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