Thursday, May 17, 2018

Benjamin Franklin's 3 Principles of Success

Ben Franklin was one of the founding fathers of the United States, as well as the publisher of the famous Poor Richard's Almanac.  I like his 3 principles of success.  (The following is my notes from a talk by author and speaker Jim Rohn.)

First, happiness doesn’t come from big pieces of great success, but from small advantages hammered out day by day.  We must be happy with what we’ve got while we are in pursuit of what we want.  You won’t be any happier when you reach your goals than you are right  now.  You have to enjoy the journey.  Enjoy and take pride of your little accomplishments.

Second, life is plastic.  Life is not rigid.  Within each of us is the power to mold ourselves and our environment.  It is up to each of us to begin this molding process with a final product in mind, and it is within our power to work it, and form it, every minute, every day, every month, every year. 

Third, success is a pleasure.  If what you are doing today is not satisfying and gratifying and fulfilling, then you are not successful. It doesn’t matter what you achieve or own, if you are not happy, you cannot be successful.  Success is measured through pleasure.

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