Benjamin Franklin's The Autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin

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What are the chances that a young 17 year-old boy who ran away from home, would have accomplished great success and became one of the greatest writers of his time? That’s exactly what Benjamin did in his The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. He teaches us some of his own methods of being successful and becoming rich. Not only does he show us that money and success is important, he also taught us that there is more to life like helping people and his country. Not only did he became wealthy, he had a huge part in shaping this great country we live in today. When Benjamin ran away from home, he barely had any money, which is a brave move. The only thing he had was his talent in printing skills, and motivation to work. He loved to read and …show more content…
He loved saving money and tried to avoid spending on unnecessary stuff. He mentioned, “As a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid on books.” (Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, page 36) When most kids were spending money on food, toys and clothes, Benjamin spent it on something valuable things that were going to benefit him throughout his life. He spent it on books that were going to help him become a better reader and writer. One of the things that really stuck out to me was when he had 3 cents; he went into the store to get a loaf of bread, and instead of keeping the entire bread to himself, he ate 1 and gave the other 2 to a woman and her child on the boat. His characteristics show us that money isn’t everything in the world; whether he had money or no money, he always helped people. Helping other was always more important to him than …show more content…
“Benjamin Vaughn encourages Franklin to continue writing his book because when published, the book may be great use to others who are looking for a model by which they can better their lives. Also he wants Benjamin to write and publish The Autobiography because this will prove to the English that Americans are great people of industry and America is a country which has great economic mobility.” (Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, page 86, 87) Even after achieving success and fame, Benjamin writes his autobiography to help others. His decision on writing came from thinking about all the people he would helped. By writing he shows others that with hard work and dedication you can achieve whatever your dreams may be. Unlike most business men during this time and others, who would focus on making their empire bigger and getting more money. Benjamin focused on writing and giving advice that would help others, and by sharing some of his steps for

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