Benjamin Franklin – 2 Daily Questions

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 Ask These 2 Questions of Yourself Daily:

                                                                                                      

The Morning QuestionFranklin

What Good shall I do this Day?

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  The Evening QuestionFranklin

What Good have I done to day?

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Benjamin Franklin – 13 Virtues

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Benjamin Franklin developed a system for living his core values as a young man and developed a list of 13 virtues he wanted to follow in his quest for moral perfection.

What was ground-breaking (then and now) was how he made sure he lived his core values. He developed a chart with the days of the week at the top and the virtues listed in the in the first column. Then he tracked his progress daily.

 

He learned that he couldn’t change thirteen things at once so he focused on one thing per week. After thirteen weeks, he’d covered all the virtues. Ben realized what a difference living these virtues made in his life so he repeated the process. He continued this for the rest of his life.

In his own words, here are the thirteen virtues that Ben Franklin searched to obtain:

Temperence

Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

Silence

Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.

Order

Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.

Resolution

Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.

Frugality

Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i. e., waste nothing.

Industry

Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.

Sincerity

Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

Justice

Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

Moderation

Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

Cleanliness

Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloths, or habitation.

Tranquility

Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

Chastity

Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dulness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.

Humility

Imitate Jesus and Socrates

 ….so, whether you use Ben’s virtues or make up your own goals, he developed a great system to ensure that you GET, rather than just set, your goals!

  Franklin

 

How to be a Champion

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You wonder how they do it and you look to see the knack,

You watch the foot in action, or the shoulder, or the back,

But when you spot the answer where the higher glamours lurk,

You’ll find that moving up the laurel covered spire,

That the most of it is PRACTICE and the rest of it is WORK.

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The Great Competitor

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 Beyond the winning and the goal,
beyond the glory and the fame,
He feels the flame within his soul,
born of the spirit of the game,
And where the barriers may wait,
built up by the opposing Gods,
He finds a thrill in bucking fate
and riding down the endless odds.

Where others wither in the fire
or fall below some raw mishap,
Where others lag behind or tire
and break beneath the handicap,
He finds a new and deeper thrill
to take him on the uphill spin,
Because the test is greater still,
and something he can revel in. 

~By Legendary Sportswriter 
    Grantland Rice

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What Constitutes Success

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One has achieved success who has lived well,
laughed often and loved much;
who has gained the respect of intelligent men
and the love of little children;
who has filled their niche and accomplished their task;
who has left the world better than found,
whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty
or failed to express it;
who has always looked for the best in others
and given them the best they had;
whose life was an inspiration;
whose memory a benediction.

~By Bessie Stanley (1905)

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Life

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Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.

Life is a dream, realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.

Life is a promise, complete it.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.

Life is a song, sing it.

Life is a struggle, accept it.

Life is a tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.

Life is luck, make it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

Life is life, fight for it.

 

  ~ By Mother Teresa

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