On Wednesdays, We Write

Don’t be a writer. Be writing.

William Faulkner

I hear you Mr. Faulkner, even if I have a hard time reading you.

I have indeed, tried.

I sometimes have an easier time reading Shakespeare. And I don’t do that very well.

But, I keep reading. And writing.

Someday I’ll write things that are worth reading.

Oh, I don’t just mean the daily brilliance you find here. But I’ve got a pretty good novel or two in the works.

But enough talking about writing. I have writing to do.

I have given some thought this week to Colin Powell’s Thirteen Rules of Leadership that he outlined in his 2012 memoir It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership.

They’re worth considering. Here they are without commentary.

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.

6. Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.

7. You can’t make someone else’s choices.

8. Check small things.

9. Share credit.

10. Remain calm. Be kind.

11. Have a vision. Be demanding.

12. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.

13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

It’s a good list. I’m off to ponder and then do some more writing.

Have a good Wednesday.

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