There are two things in life that you will never catch me without – my cell phone and a notebook.

Electronic addiction aside, my notebooks are (without a doubt) my most prized possessions. I use them constantly to record thoughts and random bits of inspiration and wisdom. There’s nothing like looking though your old journals and uncovering a hidden gem that speaks to you in a moment of need.

I recently ran across this ditty that I jotted down this past August after attending the Global Leadership Summit. The 13 rules are from Gen. Colin Powell who spoke to attendees on inspirational leadership. He calls them his “life rules.” I think they are brilliant in their simplicity and truth.

  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 you position falls, your ego goes with it.
  4. It can be done.
  5. Be careful what you choose: you may get it.
  6. Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
  7. You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
  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.