(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 U.S. President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, the first African American to serve in that position. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (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 Persian Gulf War. He was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and was the first of two consecutive African American office-holders to hold the key administration position of U.S. Secretary of State.
“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” Colin Powell
“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.” Colin Powell
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” Colin Powell
“Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity.” Colin Powell
“There are no secrets to success. It’s the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.” Colin Powell
“The freedom to do your best means nothing unless you are willing to do your best.” Colin Powell
“Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.” Colin Powell