The Power of Association is too real. Do not risk with risky friends.

I personally consider Colin Luther Powell as the President who never was, or who nearly was. Colin Powel is an American statesman. He retired as a four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under U.S. President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. Colin is the first African American to serve in that position. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor, as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, holding the latter position during the Persian Gulf War. Born in Harlem as the son of Jamaican immigrants, Powell was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the first of two consecutive black office-holders to serve as U.S. Secretary of State. This is what he said and I tend to agree with him.

“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. They will want you to stay where they are. Friends that don’t help you climb will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don’t increase you will eventually decrease you. Consider this: Never receive counsel from unproductive people. Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how. Not everyone has a right to speak into your life. You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person. Don’t follow anyone who is not going anywhere. With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it. Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life. Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships. If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl, but if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights. “A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.” The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate – for the good and the bad. Note: Be not mistaken. This is applicable to family as well as friends”. -Colin Powell

This is self explanatory. In the Public Service, Politics, Private and corporate world, those always in a complaint mode will eventually have few friends as good colleagues will tend to isolate them just in case line management or the powers that be mistake them for the änti-governance system.

“The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore…unlike the mediocre, intrepid spirits seek victory over those things that seem impossible…it is with an iron will that they embark on the most daring of all. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent”. Calvin Coolidge

Absolutely Nothing in this Earthly life is permanent. ALL things are temporary. If all things seem to be going very well, please seize the grand opportunity and enjoy every bit of it or them, they will surely not last forever. If on the other hand, they seem to be going off-the rails and hell bound, do not overly stress or worry yourself to death, they can’t and they don’t last forever either. If you can, try to learn and enjoy every moment on this Earthly life, no one comes out of it alive anyway. Word of caution though is  “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there” – Uganda

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