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Benjamin Franklin, a Founding Father and Self-starter

He might have been America’s first entrepreneur. Benjamin Franklin is known as an inventor, author and printer. He also was a savvy businessman, a trait that helped him succeed commercially and as a diplomat. Let’s take a look at Benjamin Franklin’s life in terms of success factors:

Perseverance

At a young age, Ben Franklin worked for this father in a candle and soap shop. He had little passion for the work, however, so his father sent him to apprentice with Ben’s brother James at a print shop. His older brother beat Ben and mistreated him. He also refused to publish letters penned by Ben. But Ben got the popular letters published by using a pseudonym until his brother discovered the true authorship. Ben left his angry brother and moved to Philadelphia to apprentice with a printer there.

Key point about perseverance: You might not be as persistent, driven or clever as Ben Franklin, but perseverance can pay off for you and your charges as well. Do you have what it takes to overcome obstacles?

Portrait of U.S. statesman inventor and diplomat Benjamin Franklin as he looks on one hundred dollar bill obverse. Clipping path included.

Passion

Eventually, Ben and a friend opened their own print shop in Philadelphia after several other minor setbacks. The shop printed government documents, which gave Ben the opportunity to publish his own musings and ideas about topics such as currency, along with the well-known “Poor Richard’s Almanac.” And he set up franchise print shops! Ben also owned a store where his wife sold goods and ran his own bookstore. One of Ben Franklin’s many quotes says “If passion drives, let reason hold the reins.” Far from denouncing passion, Ben likely was only suggesting that passion needs a plan of action. That leads us to vision.

Key to passion: Success Factors, Inc., bases our services on tried-and-true success factors of countless people we’ve interviewed and coached over the years. We can help you recognize and follow your passion.

Vision

As early as 1754, Ben had proposed a plan to unite the American colonies and break from England. While in England years later, Ben began to orchestrate a movement toward independence despite his own son William’s opposition. Once elected to the Second Continental Conference, Ben was active in drafting the Declaration of Independence, in securing France’s support for the Revolutionary War and for negotiating the Treaty of Paris in 1783, which ended the war. His vision for united colonies and separation from Britain is largely responsible for the founding of our country.

Key point about dreams and vision: Your vision is likely less ambitious than Ben Franklin’s history-changing vision for America. But your visions for yourself and your organization are no less important. Let Success Factors, Inc. help you turn vision into high performance.

Call us at 425-485-3221 or email us to schedule an assessment of your success factors and to learn more about our Fast Track Program, an intensive three-day workshop that emphasizes strengthening perseverance, passion, vision and six other success factors.

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