Over 200 Years Later We Can Still Learn From Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was not only a Founding Father of America, but also a entrepreneur, diplomat, writer, publisher, and a very famous inventor. He kept his plate full and must have been a very motivated and smart man. He is famous for the lightning rod, bifocals, and even a stove bearing his name. He worked on improving public life with opening the first public library, as well as organizing the first fire fighter in Philadelphia. And over 200 years later he is still teaching and motivating us. Here are 14 quotes and ideas from the mouth of Franklin himself of how to get what you want;

  1. “Well done is better than well said.”
    - As the cliché goes talk is cheap. No amount of talking can overcome the inability to do. And this act can only hold up so long before people start to question if you can really do anything at all.Benjamin Franklin - Electric T-shirt
  2. “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”
    - If only I had followed this tidbit of advice during school, I probably would’ve slept more. Make the most of each day and don’t plan on there being a tomorrow.
  3. “By failing to prepare, you are prearing to fail.”
    - My old football coach used to always say this. There is something to be said about people who take the time to fully prepare themselves for any obstacle. There is no such thing as over preparing.
  4. When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”
    - Change is extremely difficult to not only get used to, but to enjoy. My dad used to always say “change is good.” It keeps you on your toes and doesn’t let you get complacent.
  5. “All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immoveable, those that are moveable and those that move.”
    - I wonder what Ben would have thought about the T.V. While we are all guilty of couch time, it hampers our ability to stay active. Successful people don’t do much T.V. watching.
  6. “Never confuse motion with action”
    - Basically just because you’re doing something doesn’t mean you’re being productive. Make sure what you’re doing isn’t being done for the sake of being done.
  7. “Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”
    - This goes along with one of my favorite sport quotes, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Confidence is fears worst nightmare.
  8. “To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.”
    - Conclusions are easy, opportunities are easily available, recognize them and take advantage of them, before they disappear.
  9. “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”
    - Never stop improving who you are. No one is perfect, but that doesn’t mean you can’t strive to be. Your imperfections make you unique, embrace them and try to overcome them.
  10. “Diligence is the mother of good luck.”
    - Luck is not real unless you’re gambling. If you take the time to prepare yourself you are eliminating the reliance on “luck.”
  11. “There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.”
    - It’s extremely easy to know everything about someone else. Why is it so hard to do the same about yourself?
  12. “Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?”
    - In our society other people’s lives are often made out to be more important than our own. Don’t forget to take care of yourself and you will be happy.
  13. “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
    - Nothing comes easy. If you put the time in and are determined to succeed nothing can stop you from catching your dreams.
  14. “Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”
    - This goes along with the saying “hindsight 20/20.” If we had only known now, what we didn’t know then.

It’s amazing how they still hold up today. Even after the world has completely changed, man has stayed relatively the same. There is something to be learned from this and we can only thank the brilliant Benjamin Franklin for pointing it out for us.


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One Response to Over 200 Years Later We Can Still Learn From Benjamin Franklin

  1. Edison, NJ Antiques May 5, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    I love Ben. He was awesome!

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