Ben Franklin’s 13 Principles for Success: Part 1

As a seventeen year-old boy, in 1723, young Ben Franklin, now living in Philadelphia and with no money, set out to become a successful person.
Did he did do it? Of course, we all know his story; they are taught in schools throughout the United States.

He was a founding father of the United States, having his signature on four of ’ major founding documents. In addition to his political contributions and accomplishments, he was a successful scientist and inventor. Though the invention of electricity is not attributed to him, he discovered some of the founding principles for the generation of electricity.

So, what made Ben Franklin so successful? What does he, personally, attributes his success to? In his autobiography he listed thirteen principles or virtues that helped him develop his character and become successful.

In this series of posts, aptly titled, “Ben Franklin’s 13 Principles for Success“, I share these 13 principles, what I understand them to mean and how we can apply them in our lives in this modern day life.

Let’s get started…

Principle #1: – Temperance

Eat not dullness; drink not to elevation

Principle #2: – Silence

Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself, avoid trifling conversation

Principle #3: – Order

Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have it’s time

Principle #4: – Resolution

Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve