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Colin Powell Quotes Praising Preparation and Hard Work

Our latest collection of Colin Powell quotes that will inspire and motivate you to work hard for your dreams.

Colin Luther Powell is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the US Army. He is a former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Powell was born in Harlem, New York on April 5, 1937, to Jamaican immigrants. After graduating from college in 1958, Powell joined the military and was a professional soldier for 35 years. He published a best-selling autobiography, My American Journey, in 1995.

When President George W. Bush appointed Powell to the position of secretary of state in 2000, he became the first African-American to hold a position this high in the U.S. government.

Since leaving government office, Powell has been involved with several business ventures as well as working with charities and children’s groups.

Powell has received many awards, including two Presidential Medal of Freedom. Besides, he holds honorary degrees from universities and colleges across the nation, and several institutions have been named after him.

Colin Powell inspires many with his leadership skills and life experiences. In his honor, below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and thought-provoking Colin Powell quotes.

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Colin Powell quotes praising preparation and hard work

1. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” –  Colin Powell

2. “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” – Colin Powell

3. “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little

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