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Rise to glory and virtue

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

“Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.”

~ Cicero

There is no better example of someone rising to glory and virtue based on natural ability than Benjamin Franklin, the great American statesman, scientist, musician, author, printer, inventor, businessman, politician, diplomat, father and husband. He was one of 17 children, born to a poor family, quit school at 10 years of age and was never formally educated. Benjamin was able to take his natural ability and turn it into greatness which was best manifested in his written contributions to the Declaration of Independence and to the US Constitution. These two works are considered to be two of the most important documents ever written by man. In my life, I could only hope to achieve a fraction of what Mr. Franklin achieved in his life. I will do my best to achieve some greatness in my life that benefits others for generations. Why don’t you try doing the same.

Will you be forgotten or remembered?

“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.”

~ Benjamin Franklin

Do something noble in your life that others will remember you by after you are long gone from this life. Whether you affect one person or a million while your alive doesn’t matter; what does matter is that you improved their situation, ability, and/or livelihood in some way by contributing whatever you could with all your being.  It is far better to give than to receive.