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General Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State who died Monday of complications from COVID-19, detailed the famous 13 rules to live by in his 1995 autobiography.

Read them below:


1. It’s not as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
2. Get mad, then get over it.

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3. Avoid keeping your ego so close to your position that when your position falls your ego goes with it.
4. It can be done!

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Former President Ronald Reagan (L), former First Lady Nancy Reagan (2nd R), General Colin L. Powell (R), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife Alma Powell arrive for the awards ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.  In this November 1993 file photo in Simi Valley, Calif.

5. Be careful what you choose. You can get it.
6. Don’t let adverse facts come in the way of a good decision.
7. You can’t make someone else’s choice. You shouldn’t let someone else make you yours.

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8. Check out the little things.
9. Share Credit.

Honorary Colin L. Powell, former US Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks during the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's 'Great Americans' medal ceremony in Washington, DC, December 2016.

10. Be calm. Be kind
11. Have a look. Asking.

12. Do not take the advice of your fears or opponents.
13. Eternal optimism is a force multiplier.

Powell’s First Memoirs, “My American Journey” was published in 1995.