Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Benjamin Franklin Virtues - 10. Cleanliness

Cleanliness is being presentable physically. Personal hygiene not only helps being more presentable but also keep diseases at bay. Are my teeth clean? Is my hair brushed? Are my shoes dirty? What image am I projecting? What does my posture look like?

Cleanliness is also being presentable mentally. How's my pronunciation? Do I offend people? Do I come across as inappropriate?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Benjamin Franklin Virtues - 9. Moderation

Pleasure doesn't bring happiness; only an increased hunger for more pleasure.

To take things in moderation is controlling the level of exposure from our pleasurable activities. Always feeding our wants will eventually create a plateau and make us numb to the experience we once enjoyed.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Benjamin Franklin Virtues - 8. Justice

"Justice is the moderation or mean between selfishness and selflessness - between having more and having less than one's fair share." -Wikipedia

"Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty." -Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Benjamin Franklin Virtues - 7. Sincerity

Sincerity: — the quality of being open and truthful; not deceitful or hypocritical.

Benefits of Sincerity

Sincerity provides purity — there is an open truthfulness that remains trustworthy, unblemished and pure.

Sincerity provides safety — with trust that sincerity yields, all those who come in contact with it, rest calm and secure in its protective care.

Sincerity provides serenity — it its simplicity and natural way of being.

Sincerity provides acceptance — with purity and innocence we are free to be ourselves and to be accepted for who we are.

Sincerity provides honor — respect based on their honesty and pride in their word.


Friday, June 14, 2013

The Benjamin Franklin Virtues - 6. Industry

"Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions." -Benjamin Franklin

Identify and remove the activities that do not have eternal value or won't bring you closer to your goals and dream. Focus on the important not the urgent.

"Do not live as though you have a thousand years." -Marcus Aurelius

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Benjamin Franklin Virtues - 5. Frugality

"" describes frugality as someone who's prudent in saving. Someone who doesn't waste. See definition below:


the quality of being frugal, or prudent in saving; the lack of wastefulness: Many people who have lived through periods of economic deprivation develop lifelong habits of frugality and are almost never tempted by wasteful consumption.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Benjamin Franklin Virtues - 4. Resolution

“Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.” -Benjamin Franklin

A Resolution is to follow through on goals we've set out for ourselves.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Benjamin Franklin Virtues - 3. Order

"Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time." -Benjamin Franklin

Order is getting things done by allowing a set amount of time and resources to complete a task. It is central to improving efficiency.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Benjamin Franklin Virtues - 2. Silence

"Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody." -Benjamin Franklin

Silence is Self Control-It's to hold your tongue and think before saying anything you might regret.
Silence is Thinking-It's to sit down and meditate on the next step to take.
Silence is Listening-It's to shut your inside voice and focus on listening to the person who speaks to you.
Silence is Respect-It's a moment of silence to remember the people we've lost.
Silence is Peace-It's an absence of worry A.K.A inner peace.

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt" -Abraham Lincoln

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Benjamin Franklin Virtues - 1. Temperance

The best definition I found on Temperance was on Wikipedia. See below:

Temperance is generally defined by control over excess, so that it has many such classes, such as abstinence, chastity, modesty, humility, prudence, self-regulation, forgiveness and mercy; each of these involves restraining some impulse, such as sexual desire, vanity, or anger.

Webster defines Temperance as "1: moderation in action, thought, or feeling: Restrain"

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