Self-Improvement In The Autobiography, By Benjamin Franklin

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“The doors of wisdom are never shut.” Several renowned aphorisms much like the one presented here were written by Benjamin Franklin. He would often use these sayings in order to further his own self-improvement, along with others. The effects of his writings are still seen today, as well as they were seen in the past. Benjamin Franklin’s ideals were, and still are, seen as highly influential concepts. Franklin’s words are still highly prominent in today’s society, contributing to numerous ideas in America’s government and personal philosophies of Americans. Within The Autobiography, Franklin outlines his plan for self-improvement in detail. He is able to make a significant plan for his everyday life, and he knows how each day should pan out.…show more content…
“I entered upon the execution of this plan for self-examination, and continued it with occasional intermissions for sometime.” (Franklin, 144) While discussing his plans for self-improvement, Franklin manages to debrief upon the process he went through whilst attempting to achieve his goals. It is clear that these goals were not easily achieved. However, Franklin managed to continue on toward the ideals which he set for himself. Along with this, Franklin inspires the ways of life of certain individuals and groups. “A diametrically opposed objection is that Franklin was no ideal, because he cut such a non-heroic figure—a printer, not a planter, no glorious military exploits to his credit, even his famous bifocals bespeaking more a shopkeeper-craftsman than a national helmsman. Yet perhaps for that very reason, he has been taken as a model by a society of commoners, aspiring to make their way, as Franklin had done.” Franklin, for obvious reasons, has therefore been a model in the way of how to live life for several years. His efficient way of living life leaves little room for error; so naturally, it is a tremendously difficult life to live. Franklin manages, even making unintended influential progress. “Franklin achieved fame and further financial success with ‘Poor Richard’s Almanack,’ which he published every year from 1733 to 1758. The almanac became known for its witty sayings, which often had to do with the importance of diligence and frugality…” Indubitably, Franklin’s writings go on to inspire many in their ways of
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