#Whyread The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
We’ve all got problems. We also think a handful of Benjamins can fix them, right?
Don’t get me wrong, you and I might be able to fix some things with cash. However, the life of Ben Franklin offers wisdom quite a bit more valuable than his face on the $100 dollar bill.
This post isn’t a recap of his life, there are textbooks for that. What I hope is that you’ll use his tactic of being creative when faced with problems. So many of us are afraid of action if the outcome is uncertain.
Read this book to see how Franklin handled difficulty.
Ben Franklin was many things during his life, founding father, printer, inventor, international diplomat, military strategist, philosopher, and “the greatest conversationalist in the colonies,” were among his roles.
We can draw present-day wisdom from his 18th-century accomplishments.
Most people focus on his 13 virtues that he developed in his 20s and lived throughout his life.
Again, not deep diving here, go check out these posts and books to learn about his 13 virtues:
- Thirteen Virtues Site
- The Virtuous Life Series on Artofmanliness.com
- Orrin Woodward’s Book – Resolved: 13 Resolutions for Life
However, I was fascinated by his method of thinking through problems in a creative way. Backed up by a group of men who met weekly to discuss ideas, Franklin instituted the first fire department during his lifetime. He invented a stove that heated the house safely and consumed so much less wood that it’s design was used for over a hundred years. He franchised his printing businesses all around the American colonies and trained entrepreneurs.
My favorite story was this one about getting his soldiers to attend daily prayers during the French and Indian War using a chaplain and alcohol. I share that one here:
Again, I believe that a creative approach allows us to be more effective. I hope you’ll read this book and learn directly from the only founding father who signed the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, and the Treaty of Paris (ending the Revolutionary War).
For kicks and giggles, count how many times Franklin says “ingenious” in his book. It seems to be his favorite adjective.
Until next week,
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