Ben’s 4 Resolutions
- It is necessary for me to be frugal until I have paid what I owe.
- To endeavor to speak the truth in every instance
- To apply myself industriously to whatever business I take in hand.
- I resolve to speak ill of no man whatever, not even in a matter of truth.
Ben’s 13 Cardinal Virtues
- Temperance – Eat not to dullness, drink not to elevation.
- Silence – Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.
- Order – Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.
- Resolution- Resolve to perform what ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
- Frugality – Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself. Waste nothing
- Industry – Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.
- Sincerity – Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and if you speak, speak accordingly.
- Justice – Wrong none, by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
- Moderation – Avoid extremes Forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
- Cleanliness – Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.
- Tranquility – Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
- Chastity – Rarely use venery but for health or offspring; never to dullness, weakness or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
- Humility – Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
Ben Franklin’s Lifestyle Change Score Card
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