Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Benjamin Franklin | 0 comments

Can you learn the success habit?

Is it possible to get a list of the habits of successful people and then copy their habits until they become your own?

Also Is it just those habits that they DO or is it the Bad Habits that they avoid?

Benjamin Franklin had his theory of Moral Perfection.

His 13 ‘Virtues’ were as follows.

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

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

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

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

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

Industry: Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.

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

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

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

Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.

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

Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.

Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

Looking at his virtues, it consists not only of habits to do, but of habits to moderate, or give up altogether.

Sometimes it is the things you don’t do, that are the hardest to control.

You can also see that a fine balance in the things you do is important too. Balance is one of the Keys to success.