Benjamin Franklin was one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, but to call him just a scientist would not do him justice.
He was a noted author, satirist, civic activist, inventor, statesman and diplomat.
Franklin is credited as being foundational to the roots of American values and character, a marriage of the practical and democratic values of thrift, hard work, education and community spirit.
Also famous for a number of quotes, let's use the Benjamin Franklin ethics of hard work and persistance to help you forge ahead in your efforts of business and self-promotion:
"Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today."
I have heard this put in another, more direct, way by Carnegie and Schwab: "Eat the frog first." That is, whatever is your most unpleasant task, get it out of the way first! Then everything after that will seem easy.
"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."
Whether you work alone or in a group, at some stage reliance on others can be necessary and better still, extremely useful to fulfilling your needs.
"Many hands make light work", so lighten your load both mentally and physically when you can.
"Little strokes fell great oaks."
Many people are daunted by the enormity of a project or promotion. Breaking it down into manageable tasks and defining the 'critical path' can have you speeding to a successful outcome.
"A little neglect may breed mischief: for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost."
Don't forget to do the groundwork for a project. Enormous structures are only as stable and strong as the foundations they sit upon.
"Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments. If we can get rid of the former, we may easily bear the latter."
What measure of satisfaction can a person get for not pursuing a path or dream? Pride in one's achievement is acceptable and expected after a comparable effort has been made in pursuit of the task.
"God helps them that help themselves."
This is another of the universal laws. With the correct mindset and effort, you "reap what you sow".
"Remember that time is money."
Making one million dollars is not the same if it was done over 3 years compared to 30 years. So don't delay another minute and forge ahead!
"A man may, if he knows not how to save as he gets, keep his nose to the grindstone."
If you desire to be wealthy and successful then educating yourself in ways to maintain and grow such wealth is an important skill to learn.
"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."
Learn to 'live in the now'. Don't put off things until tomorrow, don't dwell on past failures or achievements just as you shouldn't fear or get too excited over future events. The only things you can do and influence are happening right now.
So live for the moment and become Famous By Morning!
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