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Benjamin Franklins 13 Keys To Success

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Benjamin Franklin
, the man on the $100 Bill, the guy who invented the heated stove, the lighting rod and the odometer among a thousand other achievements in his life. What made Benjamin Franklin such an over achiever is that he lived a purpose driven life. At the age of 20 years old Benjamin Franklin laid out 13 key values for himself which he would go on to master and become the well known man in our history to this day.

Read on for a translated and updated version for the business world today of Benjamin Franklins 13 Key Values.

 

Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Key Values For This Day & Age

 

1. Stop wasting time

Then: “Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.” Now: Life hackers and multitaskers will win the startup war every time.

 

2. Get a calendar app and use it

Then: “Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.” Now: Your modern day business has a lot of moving parts. Devise a system for keeping it all in order.

3. Don’t screw people over

Then: “Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.”Now: Shady business practices will come back to bite you.

 

4. Don’t bang your co-workers

Then: “Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.Now: To ensure a healthy atmosphere, office romance should be handled with care.

 

5. Stop blowing money on stupid things like Aeron chairs

Then:“Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.” Now: Forget the fancy office chair, save that scrap paper and remember to brown bag a lunch.

 

6. Don’t sweat the small stuff

Then: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.” Now: When things go wrong, take a breath a relax. An occasional yoga class couldn’t hurt.

 

7. Bathe — and then dress for success

Then: “Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.” Now: Get it together, and dress to impress.

 

8. Don’t get drunk on the job. Or fat, for that matter

Then: “Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.” Now: You’ll work harder without a hangover. Skipping the fourth cup of coffee couldn’t hurt either.

 

9. Be straightforward with people

Then: Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.Now: Being straight forward is the best way to connect with customers and co-workers. Leave the slick sales talk at home.

 

10. Don’t just sit around thinking about what to do — actually do it.

Then: “Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.”Now: Don’t let problems fester and follow through once you’ve set a goal.

 

11. Don’t obsess about one part of your business at the expense of others

Then: “Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.” Now: Don’t let one aspect of your business overwhelm all others. And when your competitors play dirty, don’t take it personally.

 

12. Stop wasting time gossiping with co-workers and start doing stuff

Then: “Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.”Now: Don’t Tweet every random thought. Communication works best when you have something worthwhile to say.

 

13. Be humble

Then: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.” Now: … or Warren Buffet, if you feel so inclined.

 

 

 

 

 

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.

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    Gail

    Jul 10, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Who wrote: I do not have the formula for success, but I do for failure – you can’t please everyone
    Was that Ben Franklin???

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    Anthony

    Dec 13, 2013 at 3:27 am

    If anybody knows the sorry. Benjamin Franklin was known for being a late night indulgee but maybe that’s where the strength of his words lie. ..

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    narles2

    Aug 10, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    How does Warren Buffet parallel Socrates and Jesus?

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    Max

    Mar 5, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Good points!

    Here’s 3 more quotes I like from Benjamin Franklin

    “Diligence is the mother of good luck.”

    “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”

    “Those things that hurt, instruct.”

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    rosco pache

    Feb 18, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Awesome post! 10. Don’t just sit around thinking about what to do — actually do it. <- this resonates really well with me. Keep up the good blogging!

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    m

    Feb 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Warren Buffet?

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    Pauline

    Sep 9, 2012 at 1:20 am

    I love what you did with Franklin’s list. His life is a testament to good and moral living, no matter the era.

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    Jeeves

    Jun 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Love your headings man 😉

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    adekunle

    Jan 1, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I love this site is lovely and so interesting.i love you.

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