If only we could unlock the key to his success? Well, we can! To an extent.
Benjamin Franklin created what he called the 13 Virtues of Life. Read them daily, commit them to memory and they can change your life for the better!
1. Temperance: “Eat not to dullness and drink not to elevation.”
This tells us that it’s all about balance. No need to get completely drunk or stuff your face with toxic foods. Enjoy all things in moderation.
2. Silence “Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.”
No good can ever come of gossip. Does someone else life matter that much in your own that it should be discussed? Instead, encourage others because there’s enough people trying to tear others down in this world isn’t there?
3. Order “Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.”
Are you winging it throughout the day? Do you know which tasks are most important? Create a schedule and stick to it as best as possible.
4. Resolution “Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.”
Commit to your goals and responsibilities and do what it takes to see them through, whether it’s personal or business related.
5. Frugality “Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself: i.e. Waste nothing.”
We’ve all heard waste not, want not but do we follow it? Eliminate wasteful spending first and foremost, this alone can create a significant change.
6. Industry “Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.”
Facebook is the first thought that popped into my head on this one. How much time is wasted (rather than invested) in social media sites, watching reality TV and basically doing nothing? Here’s an idea of how you could better use that time.
7. Sincerity “Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.”
Many people think that by lying they are protecting others. That itself is a lie. You are protecting yourself and hurting others. Think about how it felt when you found out someone lied to you. Did you feel “protected?”
8. Justice “Wrong none, by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.”
Are you working as hard as you can to earn your reward? Whether at your job or in your relationship take responsibility for your responsibilities.
9. Moderation “Avoid extremes. Forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.”
Why put yourself or others at risk? Is it worth it?
10. Cleanliness “Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.”
This seems to encompass overall health. Be organized, eat healthy and look your best. If you look good, you feel good. If you’re organized, you feel better than when things are a mess. If you eat healthy, you feel better. Do you want to feel better?
11. Chastity “Rarely use venery but for health or offspring; Never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.”
Venery is “sexual indulgence” and can certainly injure someone’s reputation. It’s interesting that back then he touches on the health benefits of sexual relations, for that alone Ben is the man in my book.
12. Tranquility “Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.”
Straight and to the point. Don’t worry and don’t sweat the small stuff.
13. Humility “Imitate Jesus and Socrates.”
This is the quirkiest of all I suppose but still makes sense. Regardless of what your faith is, Jesus remains the most influential leader in history and His insightful teachings span business, human relations, self esteem and much more. Socrates was a Greek Athenian philosopher and he said stuff like this:
“If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.”
Pretty good perspective.
Be content with what you currently have and use these 13 virtues to improve your place in this short ride that we call life.
Rock Star Life Coach & Sales Trainer