Thursday, November 11th is Veterans Day. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. The “armistice” with Germany went into effect at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Veterans Day honors our military veterans for their service to our country. It is a day to salute our heroes, past and present, for the sacrifices they made for our nation so that we can live in freedom.
There are approximately 19 million U.S. veterans as of this year, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. At Mohawk Opportunities, we are honored that three of them work for us. Our veterans are:
Angela Snellings – Navy
Debi Moore – Navy
Katie McGlynn – Army
Please join me in thanking them for their service. We salute you! We also have staff with family members who are veterans or on active duty. We thank all of you and your family members! Some of you may be aware that Colin Powell recently passed away. He was a great American veteran and former Secretary of State who dedicated his life to serving the United States. I’d like to share his 13 rules, which I find very meaningful.
Colin Powell’s 13 Rules:
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. 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.
Take care and be safe,