Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Rules For Success

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Benjamin Franklin was one of the brightest men in history. He is one of the founders of the most liberal country in the world – The United States. He was a writer, inventor, politician, diplomat, musician…, in few words – a very successful man. He was born in a working class family (he had always been very proud of that) and he made it to the top all by himself. How did he do it? There is not a simple answer to that, but what we know is that he created and followed 13 simple rules and this is what helped him a lot. According to him, sticking to these virtues was the most important factor for achieving his success:

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

2. Use your limited time properly:Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.’

3. Don’t do bad things to people:Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.’

4. Be a good person:Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

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5. Take it easy:Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.’

6. Be clean:Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.

7. Be objective:Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.’

8. Patience and order:Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.

9. Do not abuse food and alcohol:Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

10. Resolution:Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.’

11. Speak only what makes sense:Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.’

12. Don’t let venery run your life:Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.’

13. Be direct and accurate:Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.’

2009 - 100 dollar note with the face of Benjamin Franklin. Source:

2009 – 100 dollar note with the face of Benjamin Franklin. Source:


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According to Benjamin Franklin, these rules can help anybody become at least a little a better person. Also, making the rules was the easier part, following them undeviatingly was the tough part. So, at first place you would need some discipline.