Colin Powell's Rules

I have a book called "Leadership: Enhancing the lesson of experience" which I browse through every now and then and today I stumbled upon Colin Powell's rules. Before proceeding with reading some cleverly written rules you gotta know who Colin Powell is. 

Colin Luther Powell (born April 5, 1937) is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. He was the first African American to serve in that position. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Adviser (1987–1989), as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Gulf War. He was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Colin Powell's Thirteen 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.

My personal favorite is number five, you may know another version of it "Careful what you wish for" and I think of it almost all the time 'cause to some extent it's been true for me, meaning I wished for a lot of wrong things.

Which one is your favorite?

Be kind to one another and maybe you'll get to change a life.


  1. I like number 7 because I can relate to it very much. In the past, I did too often let someone else make my choices. When I finally started making my own decisions I realized it's the best I can do :)
    At the moment the first one is my favorite, as it is so suitable for today. I had a really bad day, so I just hope it will be better tomorrow :)
    But I also like number 5. Actually all of them are good.
    Oh and I really love that last sentence you always put at the end of your posts!
    See you soon :)

  2. I think I'm lucky to have you writing me comments, I think everyone deserve to have someone like you to leave them sweet comments which will make their days brighter and more positive :) thanks for being here :)