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The former head of the CIA reveals the best advice he's ever gotten

Eames Yates and Pamela Engel

Former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden, author of Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, reveals the best advice he's ever gotten and explains how it can help your career. Following is a transcript of the video.

Actually it’s going to sound a little trite, but it’s kind of a version of bloom where you’re planted. Convince yourself that the best job you ever had — is this one and really, really try to excel in it. Look, I became the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. I’m a ver,  very lucky man. I can tell you straight up, totally honest, I never planned to be director, I never expected to be director, I never maneuvered myself in a way that would make me more eligible to be director.

I got struck by lightning. Now when the lightning struck I had to go and perform and so I guess my advice to everyone is the best job you have, the most important job you have certainly, is the one you’re in now.

   



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