Monday, October 18, 2021

RIP Colin Powell

Naysayers are everywhere.  They feel it's the safest position to be in.  It's the easiest armor to wear...  And they may be right in their negativity; reality may be on their side.  But chances are very good that it's not.  You can only use their naysaying as one line in the spectrum of inputs to your decision.  Listen to everyone you need to, and then go with your fearless instinct.  Each of us must work to become a hardheaded realist, or else we risk wasting our time and energy pursuing impossible dreams.  Yet constant naysayers pursue no less impossible dreams.  Their fear and cynicism move nothing forward.  They kill progress.  How many cynics built empires, great cities, or powerful corporations?

-- Colin Luther Powell (5 April 1937 - 18 October 2021), American politician, diplomat and four-star general who served as the 65th United States Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005, It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership (2012), p. 27

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