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Ben Franklin: The ultimate Renaissance man

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in Best-Practices Leadership,Leaders & Managers,Leadership Skills

Executive Leadership is pleased to welcome Ben Franklin, founding father, inventor and statesman. Ben was a real promoter of unity, hard work, scientific progress and a pluralism way ahead of its time.

EL: Everybody knows you invented the lightning rod, bifocals and a stove, but even readers of Executive Leadership may not know that you invented the self-improvement industry. Describe the self-improvement course you undertook as a young man.

Franklin: I devised an arduous project of arriving at moral perfection. While I did not obtain every goal, I did attend to one virtue per week for 13 weeks, and I attempted to make virtue a habit. These virtues began with temperance and proceeded through silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity and humility.

EL: Which was hardest?

Franklin: My list of virtues contained at first but 12, but a Quaker friend kindly i...(register to read more)

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