Some phrases ofBenjamin Franklin are small capsules of wisdom that we want to reflect today.We are talking about one of the founding fathers of the United States.
It was his insatiable thirst for knowledge and his curiosity that fueled his self-taught passionand allowed him to become, for example, the inventor of the woodburning stove or lightning rod. Great inventions that made him a recognized character.
However, we can not omit other facets of Franklin as his work as a politician, author, writer, diplomat, activist … In short,Franklin was a very curious person and with great facultiesto maintain different professional activities. Today, we will share his wisdom through 5 of his best sentences.
1. Prevent bad habits
"It's easier to prevent bad habits than to lose them."Share
The first of Benjamin Franklin's sentences allows us to tackle a very important theme: that of bad habits.Every day, people around the world want to quit, drink another drop of alcohol or give up another type of drug.But every day, a very large number of these people fall back into their addictions.
As Franklin's statement puts it, it is much easier to prevent bad habits.By not trying them, whether out of curiosity or because of social pressure, we are sure not to become addicted. For losing a habit that requires many efforts can be a very difficult task to achieve: it will require energy and a large number of resources.
The abstinence syndrome that our body suffers from can be so unbearable and our strength of will so weak that sometimes only one sentence from our doctor –"if you continue to smoke / drink / you drug you will die"– could make us abandon this addiction. But the key lies in not getting to that extreme, in the impediment.
2. To speak ill of others
"I will not hurt anyone and I will say all the good that I know about everyone."Share
If we did an analysis of everything that people say about others, we would surely be surprised at the frequency with which critics, judgments, and envious words appear.This may be a learned behavior. Or perhaps our insecurities and our fears push us to act in this way. This second sentence of Benjamin Franklin asks us to do just the opposite.
Changing the very often automatic content of our speeches is not easy butif we realize that we are talking badly about someone, we will have already taken a very big step.Only in this way can we gradually change the way we talk to others to start talking well. We do not like when others speak badly about us, do not we? So let's do the same thing.
3. Learn from mistakes
"I did not miss the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong."Share
Since he was a good inventor, Franklin could feel all the pressure that falls on someone's shoulders when he fails.Mistakes can make us think we're not good at what we do,that what we are trying to build will lead to nothing or that the most reasonable decision would be to throw in the towel.
However, Franklin persevered in his ideas despite all the tests that did not work. It did not matter to him. He was trying to improve, whatever the cost.Because mistakes serve us to learn.If we are determined to succeed, be persistent, learn from our failures and continue to learn will be the smartest thing to do.
Let's not be afraid to deceive ourselves, to stumble, to fall. It means that we are learning and that next time we will do it better. Remember thatthe greatest inventors have often been mistaken before succeeding in their invention.Behind them, there are hours of work, perseverance, great strength of will and a lot of motivation …
"There is nothing shameful about being poor, but rather ashamed of having been poor".Share
The fourth sentence of Benjamin Franklin speaks to us of an essential theme: shame. A shame that paralyzes us and terrorizes us.Why were not we ashamed of nothing when we were kids?Because shame is an emotion that we have learned to feel on different occasions.
By the way, we all have a past. Whether we are poor or rich. Now we are here.In many cases, it is necessary to talk about where we were and where we managed to arrive to understand the power we have over what is happening to us.So, instead of being a cause for shame, being able to improve our situation should be a source of pride.
In addition, Franklin's sentence must be understoodin a context where "the new rich" were looked down on by those who had always been.Each person had a social class in which she was born and she had to stay there. Currently, the social panorama is a little different although it is still true that, for example, some people still look at others because they have not studied in a prestigious university.
5. If you doubt, stop!
"When in doubt, do not do it".Share
We often have doubts. Doubts about whether we should do something or not, about the decisions we have to make …Sometimes, doubts respond to insecurity that would be important to resolve.However, at other times, they are a wake-up call to a decision we are going to make but which we are not really sure about.
No important decision is free of doubt.These tell us that we have reached a point where reflection is important; a reflection for which, very often, it is necessary to use a good quantity of resources. So, we may have to stop. But this necessary paralysis must not drag on either: we will not always be able to get rid of all our questions and circumstances will not always wait for us.
What do you think of these Benjamin Franklin sentences?Have they allowed you to think about one aspect of your life? As we can see, he says nothing we do not know already; however, we continue to act in a similar way at the time Franklin was writing these sentences to reflect and introduce change.