If you've got a talent, protect it.
The dog that trots about finds a bone.
To be a good loser is to learn how to win.
Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.
Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.
Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.
Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.
If you're going through hell, keep going.
Who seeks shall find.
The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.
We all hoped in 2001 that we could put in place an Afghan government under President Karzai that would be able to control the country, make sure al-Qaeda didn't come back, and make sure the Taliban wasn't resurging. It didn't work out.
I don't know that there is much the United States can do except work with the international community.