So I just finished reading Ben Franklin’s autobiography.
This guy was pretty damn cool! It’s no wonder he was a well respected man, and that he had great influence in the world.
It also was great to see he was a real person, went through real challenges, and made mistakes just like anybody does.
He figured out a lot of basic life principals at a very young age that are just powerful.
I would encourage anyone to read it.
I’m putting it in my library of reccomended books, here.
It’s also fascinating to realize a few things no one really talks about.
That he got rich at a relatively young age, and how he did it.
And that part of the reason his influence was so great was that he to a large extent CONTROLLED the PRESS!!!!
How come no one talks about this and it’s power?
There were hundreds of other men who were just a brilliant, just as honest, with just as good character.
He was well known and trusted because of how many people he could reach AND because he backed up what he wrote with his personal integrity which was proven on a regular basis by his behavior.
The other thing that is really great to have confirmed to me is how wrong the impressions were that were given in school (American STERILIZED history classes) about the Revolution.
This was a VERY well established government they were fighting against. It wasn’t just some fly by night people who were like, “Hey, now we’re in our own place and we just want to do our own thing.”
They were working in the system of laws in place to get acknowledged for REAL wrongs done to them by people in the system and which no one would take care of properly.
Franklin himself was hugely involved in and a supporter of working throught the system to find resolution.
I only wish we could have his own words on what changed his mind exactly.
I’m definatly looking forward to finding and reading other documents he wrote!
If you are into self development, there are a lot of great books out there, but it will be amazing to see from this book how some of the principles that make life good ABSOLUTELY transcend time and ALWAYS work.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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