The Top 10 Most Inspiring Colin Powell Quotes

Colin Powell was the very first US Secretary of State to be African American. The man was a pioneer for change and he was an integral piece of America’s past few decades. Secretary Powell took a leading role in rallying America’s allies for military action in Afghanistan. Here are the 10 most inspirational Colin Powell quotes regarding leadership, being focused on the future, and his very own top 10 rules to live by.


“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.” – Colin Powell


“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.” – Colin Powell

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“None of us can change our yesterdays but all of us can change our tomorrows.” – Colin Powell


“Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error, and from experience.” – Colin Powell

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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.” – Colin Powell


“Fear is a normal human emotion. It is not in itself a killer. We can learn to be aware when fear grips us, and can train to operate through and in spite of our fear. If, on the other hand, we don’t understand that fear is normal and has to be controlled and overcome, it will paralyze us and stop us in our tracks. We will no longer think clearly or analyze rationally. We prepare for it and control it; we never let it control us. It if does, we cannot lead.” – Colin Powell

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“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. – Colin Powell


“Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.– Colin Powell

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“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell


“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.” – Colin Powell

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“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

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