Wisdom from Benjamin Franklin

Today, we look at three quotes from Ben Franklin and examine how they apply to what we do”

  1. “Well done is better than well said” – I do enjoy this quote!  Most things are easier said than done.  Anything is possible, if you don’t have to do it yourself.  Individuals often confuse effort with results.  All derivations on the same theme.  We create credibility with results.  Words may impress for a short time, but the failure to act soon erases those same words.  OK – time for some self-assessment…  Honestly, are you more prone to be one that talks a good story or one that finishes a good story?  Is it time for a mid-course correction?
  2. “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment” – How did Franklin know in the mid-1700’s that people in 2015 would still have a problem speaking before thinking?  There are times when it is best to take a loss and walk away.  We typically feel the need to get in the last word – how many times has that “last word” cost you a friend, made a new enemy, or created division rather than unity?
  3. “You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again” – Today is the only day we’ve been promised.  We are trading a day of our life for what we do today.  Today may be the only chance in history we get to make a friend, change a life, right a wrong, or accomplish something amazing!  Why not promise that today we will each do something remarkable?  If you can’t think of anything, do something nice and totally unexpected for someone else.  If you do that, this day will not be wasted or lost.

Let’s make this an amazing day!

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