This simple piece of paper is everybody’s favourite collectable.
For many, it even equates to self-esteem to have a pocket full of these. For other folks, it equates to freedom to have a mitt full to spend on whatever. And for others, it is simply a tool used to measure personal success.
I love them too. The best feature for me is the portrait on the front… ole Ben Franklin.
Benjamin Franklin was an amazing guy. He was a polymath with a wide variety of interests and skills. He was a philosopher, a politician, a publisher, a postmaster, a printer, a scientist, an inventor and an exceptional writer.
He famously attached a key to kite and flew it into a thunderstorm to prove that lightening was electricity. He then invented the lightening rod to protect buildings from lightening. He invented bi-focals so us old folks could read and see the horizon at the same time. He invented the odometer to tell how far his mail delivery coaches traveled.
He was the one who charted and named the Gulf Stream, the major Atlantic Ocean current that determines much of the climate and weather of the American, European and African continents.
And, he was the first to propose, although somewhat satirically, the concept of Daylight Saving Time back in 1784, more than a century before it was implemented.
He was, together with Thomas Jefferson and others, instrumental in drafting the US constitution. He convinced France to aid the colonists in their fight for independence from England. Without that French help, there would be no United States of America.
He devised the now famous and widely used Franklin method of decision making, which is simply to divide a piece of paper in half and list the pros of any choice on one side and the cons on the other side. Whatever side outweighs the other determines the choice. More cons = do not do it. More pros = go for it.
He also wrote one of the best self-help books around… his own autobiography. In addition to being an author, a printer and a publisher, he founded one of the first public libraries in America.
He was a down to earth and pragmatic philosopher. His succinct quotes stand out as key pieces of wisdom we can all use to enhance the quality of our lives.
“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”
Those who live their lives by accident instead of on purpose would do well to paste this simple piece of advice on their bathroom mirror where it could be seen at the start of every new day.
“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”
For those who spend time in front of their TV sets, paste this one on your TV screen.
“Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
For the partiers in all of us.
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
For those who allow their governments to pass any laws that restrict personal freedom.
“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
For those who need encouragement to buy my books or my Live Success Now video course.
And for those who fear both life and death…
“If you would not be forgotten
as soon as you are dead and rotten,
either write things worth reading
or do things worth the writing.”
– Ben Franklin
I strongly urge you to read his Autobiography. It will do you no end of good.