While it has been more than 200 years since Benjamin Franklin passed away, this revolutionary is still seen as one of the most successful individuals in history. In addition to being one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he was an acclaimed scientist, inventor, author, printer, diplomat, activist and politician. No matter which of Franklin’s accomplishments you want to look at, there is no denying that this individual knows something about success. Even centuries later, his success is still reveled in today. If you need some extra motivation in your life and a little extra boost to find the success that you have always wanted, then look to Benjamin Franklin for inspiration. Here are some of his best quotes about success, that still hold true today.
When Benjamin Franklin said this quote, he was not immersed in today’s world where educational opportunities abound. He had to go out and truly search for and mind opportunities to receive the type of education that he wanted. However, even then, he knew of the importance of a good education. There is no better investment that you can make besides the investment in yourself. If you have the right amount of knowledge on a certain topic, you are making the best possible investment in your future. Nothing can take you as far as your own knowledge, so don’t be afraid to invest in yourself and your education.
If you want to succeed in today’s market, you need to be ready and willing to take risks and jump at available opportunities. This is not just a philosophy to apply to today’s competitive market, it is something that Benjamin Franklin also saw in his day and age. The old adage “he who hesitates is lost,” is a philosophy that was just as applicable 200 years ago as is it today. According to Franklin, too many people are willing to jump to conclusions about things and not open their minds to new ways of thinking, yet they are not as willing to jump on opportunities that could lead them to the successful life they have always wanted to have.
Habit forming and habit breaking are extremely important components to being successful. Franklin’s words of wisdom on the topic still hold true today. It is far easier to prevent bad habits from forming by making smart decisions from the get go than having to deal with bad habits that you need to break later on. Exercise this type of discipline in your everyday life if you want to find success.
Most of us today know those people that seem to be able to make excuses for virtually every negative situation. This is not something new. This is also something that Franklin was dealing with hundreds of years ago. Never forget just how harmful excuse making can be. Making excuses for failures or setbacks will not do anything but make you feel slightly better in the moment. It will not help you succeed, it will not push you forward and it will not do anything for you or those around you. Stop making excuses and own up to your setbacks if you want to find success in the future.