Life Lessons In The Autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin had a profound effect on his community, the city of Philadelphia, our nation and people all over the world. He is often believed to be one of the most prolific authors and contributors early to American literature. His idealistic views, wisdom and leadership approach are unmatched. Moreover, many life lessons can be learned from studying The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
Always surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals who will propel you to greatness: Benjamin Franklin associated with a group of friends who all enjoyed. During one of their intellectual group meetings, he suggested that the members each bring their books to a common meeting room for the purpose of creating a shared reference library.
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The parable is about a man who purchases an ax from a smith but wants the entire surface of the ax to be as shiny as its edge. The smith agrees to grind the ax, if the man will turn the wheel. The weight of the ax made turning the wheel cumbersome and the man begins to grow weary. Periodically, the man stops turning to see how the ax is coming, but the smith keeps telling him to continue turning the wheel. Eventually, the man stops and asks if he can take the ax as it is. The smith again tells him to keep turning the wheel because the ax is only speckled. The man replies, “I like a speckled ax best.” The lesson here is, many people give up when trying to make self-improvements because change can be difficult. However, in spite of the difficulties, we should never give up on striving to be our very best …show more content…
On the contrary, he was spiritual man who saw that importance of religion. He makes many references to prayer and scriptures throughout his autobiography. He even used Jesus Christ as an example of humility in his book of virtues. Yet, he was a frequent contributor in the building of many of the churches in Pennsylvania and worked closely with pastors in the construction of their church buildings. Although he did not always agree with the doctrine, he upheld and respected organized church. He discusses the arrived of Reverend Whitefield from Ireland and his powerful influence over those who attended his sermons. (FRANKLIN, CHAPTER 7). He also marveled at the changes those who heard his words made in their lives afterwards. Even though, he was a Deist, he was so moved by Reverend Whitefield he was even compelled to empty his pockets when listening to his

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