Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Rules For Success

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 a 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.

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:






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, in the first place, you would need some discipline.

More about this famous person, you can read on Wikipedia here:

Below you can watch the famous biography of Benjamin Franklin made according to his notes in his diary, he kept personally. This is the first of 5 parts. The next four will be available at the end of this one: