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Perishable Thoughts — Ego And Public Health

Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, August 7, 2008

With an industry focus on how to get public health authorities to acknowledge that their original position — that tomatoes were the vector for the outbreak of salmonella Saintpaul — was unjustified, we thought this quote from Colin Powell was apropos:

“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.”

Colin Powell
U.S. General, National Security Advisor,
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
Secretary of State (retired)

 

# 3 of “Colin Powell’s Rules” Parade Magazine — Interview with Colin Powell, August 13th, 1989
Reprinted in My American Journey
By Colin Powell, 1995
U.S. General, National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of State

A hat tip to Steve Travis, Director of Sales and Business Development for Hartmann Foods, a Snoqualmie, Washington-headquartered distributor and importer of fruits and asparagus, for sending in this timely quote.

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