Retired General Colin Powell Essay

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Retired General Colin Powell Colin Powell stated, Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off. It seemed as if he had found his place while in ROTC. The discipline along with the structure, it was as if he had found people who were like him. He had fallen in love with the Army and after forty years of service, he retired. He was ask, what would have you done if you had not come in the Army? I’d probably be a bus driver, I don't know. The General had some very strong parental guidance while growing up. His parents lived their lives with dignity and respect for all of those around them, these values were adopted and used throughout the Generals career. The parents were working class Jamaican immigrants who lived in the …show more content…

Powell was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army and in 1962 sent to South Vietnam as a military adviser. During a second tour of duty in the late 1960s, he was in a helicopter crash and, despite his own injuries, was able to rescue fellow soldiers from the burning wreckage. For his heroism, he was awarded the Soldier’s Medal, one of several commendations earned during his military career. Powell excelled in military and academic pursuits. Although an average student in his early years, he made excellent grades in his 30s while earning his MBA at George Washington University, despite lacking many undergraduate prerequisites when he enrolled. Powell never put chalk marks on the wall that indicated he has to do this. He has tried to do his best at what came his way. He was not without ambition, but driven by ambition. He had a full and active public life. He would like to be remembered as a good soldier who served well, and is well thought of by his fellows. Those fellows include his greatest mentors, the captains, and majors who taught him as a lieutenant and kept him going straight ahead. The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on.

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