A Human Element – What’s Your Story?

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin

If you haven’t yet happen to come upon reading Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin, you should do so soon.  You’ll learn he was a self-made man – a man of means who raised himself from the trenches of poverty and created a successful life. Since 1922 and the publication of his autobiography, he went on to author several books. He penned words to inspire readers to learn the law of success and be reminded that it is the human element which can lead you to success.

Franklin, finished his Autobiography, and since it has been edited and in the book’s Introduction, it states “… Americans devour eagerly any piece of writing that purports to tell us the secret of success in life; yet how often we are disappointed to find nothing but commonplace statements, or receipts that we know by heart but never follow. Most of the life stories of our famous and successful men fail to inspire because they lack the human element that makes the record real and brings the story within our grasp. While we are searching far and near for some Aladdin’s Lamp to give coveted fortune, there is ready at our hand if we will only reach out and take it, like the charm in Milton’s Comus, “Unknown, and like esteemed, and the dull swain Treads on it daily with his clouted shoon;” the interesting, human, and vividly told story of one of the wisest and most useful lives in our own history, and perhaps in any history.”

“In Franklin’s Autobiography is offered not so much a ready-made formula for success, as the companionship of a real flesh and blood man of extraordinary mind and quality, whose daily walk and conversation will help us to meet our own difficulties, much as does the example of a wise and strong friend. While we are fascinated by the story, we absorb the human experience through which a strong and helpful character is building.”

“The thing that makes Franklin’s Autobiography different from every other life story of a great and successful man is just this human aspect of the account. Franklin told the story of his life, as he himself says, for the benefit of his posterity. He wanted to help them by the relation of his own rise from obscurity and poverty to eminence and wealth. He is not unmindful of the importance of his public services and their recognition, yet his accounts of these achievements are given only as a part of the story, and the vanity displayed is incidental and in keeping with the honesty of the recital. There is nothing of the impossible in the method and practice of Franklin as he sets them forth. The youth who reads the fascinating story is astonished to find that Franklin in his early years struggled with the same everyday passions and difficulties that he himself experiences, and he loses the sense of discouragement that comes from a realization of his own shortcomings and inability to attain.”

 

Read more – for a free download go to eBook of Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin edited by Pine, Frank Woodworth and presented by Project Gutenberg.

Listen to AudioBook read by Mr. Gilberd.

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