Ben Franklin Time Management

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<p>Table of ContentsIntroduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Benjamin Franklin: The Most Accomplished Man in American History. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Ben Franklins Code of Conduct The Four-Step Moral and Ethical Philosophy that was the Foundation of His Amazing Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 An Interview with Ben Franklin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Time Management Quiz Are you ready to master your own time? Find out with our free quiz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22</p> <p>2</p> <p>Introduction</p> <p>Welcome to your ImproveYourself.com Mini Course.</p> <p>In order to get the maximum benefit from this mini course, I encourage you to listen to the accompanying audio interview while you review this workbook.</p> <p>When the audio has ended, and youve read through this workbook, youre one important step away from learning how to get a lot more done in a lot less time by taking our Time Management Quiz. At the end of this workbook, youll find a link to our quiz. Test how much youve learned while you step closer to mastering this mini course.</p> <p>Revisit this workbook in six months. Make note of the progress you have made, and perhaps implement some new tools in your Mastering Productivity plan.</p> <p>Remember that repetition is key. Each time you read through the material, you fill both your conscious and subconscious minds with life-transforming, proactive messages. Messages that will, in fact, assist you in making trends that most see as negative actually work in your favor.</p> <p>3</p> <p>FREE resources to improve your life ImproveYourself.com Mini Courses Audio Video Life Assessment Tools eBooks RESULTS</p> <p>Benjamin Ben Franklin:</p> <p>The Most Accomplished Person in American HistoryImagine learning how to swing a bat from the Sultan of Swat himself, Babe Ruth. Or the advantage of Rembrandt teaching you everything he knows about painting. Imagine Sam Walton sharing all of his secrets about running a successful business. Havent you always wanted the privilege of learning from historys greatest masters?</p> <p>The treasured knowledge gained from these masters would have a profound impact on the direction of your life. Because of their expertise and proven experience, implementing even a fraction of their wisdom would accelerate your own remarkable results. Unfortunately, capturing the secrets of the worlds masters is nearly impossible. That is, UNTIL NOW!</p> <p>By combining our resources with the power of your imagination, historys Father of Time Management Ben Franklin is prepared to reveal the philosophies and strategies he used throughout his own life that seem to make time stand still.</p> <p>Get ready to go inside the mind of a man who is perhaps the most accomplished person in American history. As he reveals his proven time management strategies, youll gain the wisdom and insights that will make it seem as if you gained hours in your day and weeks in your year.</p> <p>Signer and Writer of both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution Inventions: (Franklins designs for these inventions are still used today) Bifocals compound lenses for eyeglasses. Lightning Rod protects buildings and ships from lightning damage. Franklin Stove a fuel-efficient furnace stove.</p> <p>Ben Franklin is one of the best-known people in the history of our Country. And with good reason, here are some of his many accomplishments:</p> <p>4</p> <p>FREE resources to improve your life ImproveYourself.com Mini Courses Audio Video Life Assessment Tools eBooks RESULTS</p> <p>Electricity Discoveries made many important contributions to study of electricity and was one of the first to suggest lightning was actually electricity.</p> <p>Established First Public Circulation Library in America became the model for others throughout America and is still operating in Philadelphia today. Founded First Fire Insurance Company in America Established First Fire Department in Philadelphia First Postmaster-general of the United States Publisher of The Philadelphia Gazette newspaper Publisher of the famous Poor Richards Almanac Owner of successful printing business And we could fill several more pages with all of his accomplishments! So how was one person, Ben Franklin, able to accomplish so much in his life? Well, hes about to tell you himself.</p> <p>5</p> <p>FREE resources to improve your life ImproveYourself.com Mini Courses Audio Video Life Assessment Tools eBooks RESULTS</p> <p>Ben Franklins Plan of Conduct</p> <p>The Four-Step Moral and Ethical Philosophy that was the Foundation of His Amazing SuccessFollowing are a set of simple and very straightforward tenets Ben Franklin used to guide his actions. He called these four affirmations his Plan of Conduct. Its said he created this plan while on an ocean voyage in 1726, when he was just a young man only twenty-one years old. He followed these ideals throughout his life: 1. I pledge to be extremely frugal so I may always repay whatever debts I owe.</p> <p>2. Ill always tell the truth; never make promises I cant keep and be sincere in everything I say or do. I believe this to be the most agreeable and decent way for an intelligent person to behave. 3. Im determined to diligently and energetically pursue anything I undertake. Furthermore, I wont allow myself to be distracted from my goals and responsibilities by any foolish project or get rich quick scheme; because diligence, persistence and patience are the best ways to succeed.</p> <p>4. I will never speak badly of anyone, even if its the truth, and I will always look for some way to excuse the faults of others. And whenever possible I will share all the good things I know about everybody. Keep reading, because this Plan of Conduct was just the beginning for Ben Franklin. Systems Make the Difference. Ben Franklin discovered a set of systems that enabled him to gain many of the skills that made him wildly successful. For example he used one of his personal success systems to master the one skill that contributed the most to his successes in everything.</p> <p>6</p> <p>FREE resources to improve your life ImproveYourself.com Mini Courses Audio Video Life Assessment Tools eBooks RESULTS</p> <p>This skill alone enabled Ben Franklin to:</p> <p>Expand his printing business, Start several new businesses and at the same time, Become an active member of government.</p> <p>What was this skill? Breakthrough methods of time management.</p> <p>Franklin had very strong opinions about time; how to best use time, what not to do with time, and the true value of time. He even came up with a system to keep track of how he spent his time. Breakthrough Time Management Discovery</p> <p>But the REAL genius of Ben Franklins time management systems was his breakthrough discovery of how to seemingly bend time to serve his needs.</p> <p>He figured out how to multiply the potential of his day. Rather than just a normal twentyfour hour day, his days were more like a 48-hour day or a 72-hour day or even a 96-hour day or more! This is not science fiction. Its true. And its been proven to work time and time again. More importantly, it can work for you too. Ben Franklin Shares These Powerful Success Secrets. Learn his secrets of incredible success in the following one of a kind, tell-all interview weve conducted with Ben Franklin. During this interview, Ben Franklin will discuss the actual strategies and methods he used to gain success.</p> <p>Our interviewer is Dan Strutzel, VP of Publishing for Nightingale Conant. The worlds largest publisher of personal development audio programs. Ben Franklins responses are all based on information he left for us through his many writings and other accounts of his life.FREE resources to improve your life ImproveYourself.com Mini Courses Audio Video Life Assessment Tools eBooks RESULTS</p> <p>7</p> <p>An Interview with Benjamin FranklinInterviewer: Well, Mr. Franklin, its an honor to be with you today. Youve accomplished so much in your lifetime.</p> <p>Youve been a successful businessman. A public servant, scientist, writer, and even a humanitarian. Youre also a great role model for others to look up to and to emulate. And today youve agreed to share with us the powerful secrets that enabled these successes, is that right?</p> <p>Franklin: Well, it is my true pleasure to share everything I know that can be of help to those who really want to succeed in life and are willing to do what it takes to get that success. Because success in anything is not about talk, its about action. With that in mind, I plan to share the exact same techniques, skills and strategies I developed and used throughout my life. They have served me well and I believe they can help others. Interviewer: Before we get started could you please tell us about your family background and your early years Mr. Franklin? Franklin: Surely. But first, please call me Ben, as many of my friends and family do. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 17, 1706, and I was one of seventeen children of my father. My father was Josiah Franklin, a candle and soap maker in Boston. My mothers name was Abiah and her family name was Folger.</p> <p>Interviewer: What about your formal schooling? Did you receive a formal education or did you attend college?</p> <p>8</p> <p>FREE resources to improve your life ImproveYourself.com Mini Courses Audio Video Life Assessment Tools eBooks RESULTS</p> <p>Franklin: I went to grammar school at age 8 as my father considered that I should have a career with the Church. However I learned to read well before my eighth birthday. In fact, I dont remember any time when I could not read. My grammar school lasted for about one year and by that time I had been promoted to the top of the class.</p> <p>I was supposed to continue my schooling and go on to college, but sadly the expense proved too great for my father especially because we had such a large family. So instead I was enrolled in a school for writing and arithmetic. At writing I did quite well, but I failed at arithmetic. I was somewhat ashamed of this and corrected this failing through self-study later in life. In fact, this self-study proved quite successful and I gained a good grasp of figures.</p> <p>Indeed my old friend John Adams thought that I placed too many figures in my grasp. But thats a discussion for another day. Interviewer: When did you start working? Franklin: When I was ten years old. My father took me into his business as a candle and soap maker a trade I DISLIKED immensely but I kept at it for two years. When I was twelve, I began my search for other career possibilities.</p> <p>I wanted to go to sea but my father was strongly against this. So to prevent me from running off to see the world, he helped me to find another trade I might find more agreeable. Yet none of the many trades we considered appealed to me either. From childhood I had a great love for books. And any little bit of money I had was spent to buy them. Given this love of books and reading my father finally determined I should go into the printing business. Since my brother James was already a printer my father arranged for me to go to work for my brother as an apprentice. This arrangement called for me to work for James until I was twenty-one years old.</p> <p>9</p> <p>FREE resources to improve your life ImproveYourself.com Mini Courses Audio Video Life Assessment Tools eBooks RESULTS</p> <p>This seemed perfect, as now I would have access to a better collection of books rare treasures which were not widely available at this time.</p> <p>Interviewer: Thats interesting. Now how did it work out as an apprentice to your brother? Franklin: Initially things went quite well. Pretty quickly I gained proficiency and soon proved quite useful to my brother.</p> <p>Soon I also started to improve my skill for writing, which proved of great value throughout my entire life. My brother encouraged this as he thought it might somehow contribute to additional business for his print shop. I also developed a method to dramatically improve my writing skills in a short amount of time. This learning method allowed me to master other skills as well. But Ill explain more about that later.</p> <p>Ultimately I became dissatisfied with the way my brother treated me under his apprenticeship. However an opportunity eventually presented itself and that enabled me to end my contract with James well before my twenty-first birthday. Although my decision would cause hard feelings between James and myself, I decided to grasp at this independence. And because of those hard feelings, my brother made it impossible for me to find work at any other printing shop in Boston. So at the age of seventeen years, with very little money and without recommendations or business contacts, I set out to seek my fortune. Finally I ended up in Philadelphia and secured a printing job there. Interviewer: Eventually you started your own print shop business, is that right?</p> <p>Franklin: Yes that is correct. Though the path getting there was neither short nor direct. It took three years before I was able to open my own print shop in Philadelphia. During this time I continued to work diligently improving my skills in printing. I did this both in Philadelphia and later in London, England, where I lived for almost two years.</p> <p>10</p> <p>FREE resources to improve your life ImproveYourself.com Mini Courses Audio Video Life Assessment Tools eBooks RESULTS</p> <p>I returned to Philadelphia in 1726 and soon thereafter an offer was made, by way of a friend, to provide financing to start my own print shop. This arrangement made good sense and I accepted. Franklin: This seems the perfect time to share some of the crucial discoveries I made that became the cornerstone of my success philosophies and systems. May I? Interviewer: Yes, please.</p> <p>Franklin: On my ocean voyage from London back to Philadelphia, I set down a code of morals or ethics to follow.</p> <p>I concluded that Truth, Sincerity and Integrity in dealing with others to be of the utmost importance to finding happiness in business and in life. This philosophy is the essence of what I called my Plan of Conduct, a plan I developed when I was only twenty-one years of age. To achieve these objectives I decided to practice and continually develop the good habits of Industry, Frugality and Constant self-improvement. Interviewer: Thats fascinating. Would you say that it was your Plan of Conduct and the work ethic that is responsible for your success?</p> <p>Franklin: Partly. It turns out that my moral philosophy and work ethic were meant to work side-by-side with something infinitely more powerful. Please allow me to explain. I had already established a plan both to deal with people and to approach my work. This I mentioned just a moment ago.</p> <p>About this same time I had a most amazing realization. Or perhaps it was heaven...</p>