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Colin Powell

1937 -
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"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work"
"Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it."
"Don't bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself"
"Experts often possess more data than judgment. "
"Fit no stereotypes. Don't chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team's mission"
"Get mad, then get over it"
"Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up"
"Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand"
"Have fun in your command. Don't always run at a breakneck pace. Take leave when you've earned it, spend time with your families"
"I try to be the same person I was yesterday. "
"It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning"
"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. "
"Never neglect details. When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant"
"No battle plan survives contact with the enemy"
"Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard"
"The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny"
"The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise. "
"The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort. "
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. "
"There are no secrets to success: Don't waste time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence."
"War should be the politics of last resort. And when we go to war, we should have a purpose that our people understand and support. "
"You don't know what you can get away with until you try"

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