60-Seconds on How Colin Powell Outperformed All The Rest

COLIN POWELL MADE HEADLINES again today with some unflattering comments about Hillary Clinton and her husband in a leaked e-mail. While this post isn’t about today’s headlines, it reminded me about another Colin Powell story featured in my book.

Powell recalled an early experience in his Army career when a superior told young Lieutenant Powell that he did his job very well “for a black officer.” Powell said he was taken aback until he returned to the BOQ (base officers quarters) and began to think about it.

Powell decided to perform his job better than any officer. He did. Powell was not only the first black officer, but also the first officer who didn’t attend West Point in order to rise through the ranks to become a four-star general and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff after that.

Colin Powell shows how you, too, can outperform the rest by consistently doing your best.

Performance knows no prejudice. When it comes to using your skills, everybody is born equally. A study of almost two hundred seventy Harvard graduates analyzed why some succeeded and others failed. People born to wealthy families did not do better than those from poor backgrounds. So the luck of the draw in how you were born does not apply to your success. Everybody has an equal chance in America.

It’s how you respond to major setbacks in life that makes the difference. You have choices.

Colin Powell chose performance. You, too, can rise to the top by performing your tasks better than your coworkers.


The book mentioned above is Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach. It coaches job finders—in one-minute coaching vignettes—how to apply all of the important job-finding techniques to their campaigns. You might want to recommend this book to someone you know who is looking for a job.

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Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

Randy Place
RANDY PLACE is a job finding coach, author, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of www.yourcareerservice.com For 23 years, he helped over a thousand downsized employees at JPMorganChase find jobs. He also coached executives at CBS, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding, communications skills, and sales strategies An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on job finding and sales training nationwide. His nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations in the US. Randy is the author of “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach” and writes about career topics on www.yourCareerService.com. His articles about job finding have appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s National Business Employment Weekly. A former sales executive at NBC, broadcast journalist, and commercials spokesperson, Randy holds a Bachelor’s in Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master’s in Journalism from NYU.

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