benjamin franklin

The eleven rules Benjamin Franklin used to live by

The rules in life

Make your bed”  is a very straightforward book about ten rules you should live by. I just finished reading “Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World”. A book about extraordinary innovators.

Benjamin Franklin

One of them covered in the book is Benjamin Franklin. These are the eleven rules Benjamin Franklin lived by:

  1. Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  2. Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  3. Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  4. Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  5. Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
  6. Industry. Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  7. Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  8. Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  9. Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
  11. Tranquillity. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

Lindy and stoics

The Lindy effect, yet again. As true now as they were true then. A true stoic.

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