Life Lessons By Benjamin Franklin

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One of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America and a polymath. Expanding the point further to highlight the man in focus, on his achievements, he was a significant force behind the American Revolution and an expert in various fields, including, science, writing, music, printing to name a few. That was Benjamin Franklin. A treasure trove of knowledge and wisdom. 

On failing:
One must be ready to fail, if you are not putting in your efforts, not working at what is needed of you, to attain what you expect of yourself and reach where you want to be. It is plain and simple. Yet we at times are shocked with failure as if we did everything in our might to overcome that obstacle. You are your own creator, and it is your ability/inability that determines your success.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

About ignorance, lack of knowledge, foolish judgement:
As society gravitates towards the temptations of quick-fixes, instant gratification, monetary gains, selfish concerns, the most essential life defining principles are overlooked.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

It is constant trials, pursuit of knowledge, effort, unwavering determination, clear purpose, that makes us wiser and less of a fool. But that is not the case anyhow.

“Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”

Wisdom is anything that prevents us from being the ignorant one, that criticizes like a fool, condemns like an idiot, and complains like an idle man, that is what makes him miserable.

“Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.”

You are not doing anyone a favor by working at something that pays off and doesn’t quench your soul, the only contribution in that sort of work is the idle satisfaction of the mourning soul, that continues to crave for a purpose more than it yearns for acceptance.

“Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.”

-Benjamin Franklin, 1706-90

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