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Healthy, Wealthy, And Wise: 52 Life-Changing Lessons For The Twenty-First Century; Inspired By Ben Franklin

Healthy Wealthy And Wise 52 Life Changing Lessons For The Twenty First Century Inspired By Ben Franklin

In 1726, at the age of 20, Benjamin Franklin created a system to develop his character. In his autobiography, Franklin listed his thirteen virtues as:

1.Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10.Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.

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

12.Chastity. 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.Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates. brings Franklin's simple system to the information age. You can track your progress against Franklin's virtues with your favorite web browser. Or maybe you don't agree with all of Franklin's original 13 virtues - no problem. Just add, remove, or change them so that you only track what you are interested in.

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

"I propos’d to myself, for the sake of clearness, to use rather more names, with fewer ideas annex’d to each, than a few names with more ideas; and I included under thirteen names of virtues all that at that time occurr’d to me as necessary or desirable, and annexed to each a short precept, which fully express’d the extent I gave to its meaning." - Benjamin Franklin


Healthy Wealthy And Wise 52 Life Changing Lessons For The Twenty First Century Inspired By Ben Franklin

Healthy Wealthy And Wise 52 Life Changing Lessons For The Twenty First Century Inspired By Ben Franklin

Healthy Wealthy And Wise 52 Life Changing Lessons For The Twenty First Century Inspired By Ben Franklin

To be an attentive person, practice attentiveness. To be a compassionate person, practice compassion. To be a creative person, practice creativity. To be the person you want to be, practice the traits you desire. As great philosophers and leaders throughout the ages - from Aristotle to Benjamin Franklin - have observed, a life of joy, balance, and fulfillment is developed rather than bestowed. Andrea Rains Waggener helps readers put this life-changing insight into action, one week at a time. Healthy, Wealthy and Wise is a guide to practice better living. Using personal anecdotes and a lighthearted approach, the author describes fifty-two personal qualities (inspired by Benjamin Franklin's thirteen virtues) that contribute to happiness and contentment and outlines action steps for incorporating those traits into daily living. Here is a fresh, optimistic, and eminently do-able plan for readers interested in learning how to live their best life.

Waggener bases this self-help title on Benjamin Franklin's plan to develop his virtues by practicing one per week. Whereas Franklin had 13 virtues which he cycled through four times a year, Waggener has overstuffed her book with 52, one for each week of the year, and thrown out all other connection to the American forefather. Laudable traits-including the ability to be Accepting, Committed, Open-Minded, Purposeful and Unique-receive space, and very narrow distinctions are made between virtues like Intentional (which is "an arrow aimed right at the bull's-eye. It knows where it's going to land before it ever starts moving") and Purposeful (which "hears only encouraging words, calming music, and the shout of success"). Each week follows the same basic format: On day one, readers should "ask to be fun-loving"; on day two, "affirm their desire to be fun-loving"; and on day three, "act as if they're fun-loving." Equally simple instructions follow for the rest of the week, and then it's on to another week and another virtue. For those seriously struggling with issues having to do with any of these qualities, such as forgiveness, Waggener's advice ("pick the person you need to forgive the most and write 'I forgive name of person ten times") may not prove helpful. And while Waggener's silly, lighthearted anecdotes about her husband and dog may amuse some, others will be exasperated by their frequency and by this book's lack of actionable advice.

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