Man Virtue Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

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Man virtue lessons from Benjamin Franklin. In 1726 at the age of 20 Benjamin Franklin created 13 lessons in moral virtues to develop his character. He then when on to be not just one of the most famous men in history but also one of the wealthiest. These 13 moral virtue lessons he worked on over 13 weeks plus. One virtue per week until he mastered it and each week there after until all 13 virtues had been mastered. See if you can do the same? Here they are –

  1. Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation. Moderation being the key word here.
  2. Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling, bitter conversation and gossip.
  3. Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time. Work on each aspect to achieve excellence
  4. Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. Resolve all issues that may result in conflict.
  5. Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
  6. Industry. Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions. Industrious actions always result in a positive way.
  7. Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly. Mindful speech will avoid conflict.
  8. Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  9. Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothing, or habitation.
  11. Tranquillity. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable. Don’t be upset by ‘storm in teacup’ issues. Respond don’t react. Seek the silence to resolve some issues that may trouble you.
  12. 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. This may sound a tad draconian in age of sexual exploitation but I think you get the gist.
  13. Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates. The quality of having a modest or low view of one’s importance.

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