Benjamin Franklin was one of the most amazing innovators of all time. In fact, he was the ultimate forefather to all entrepreneurs. Here are five of his great ideas that you can implement in your business and your life.
Five Key Lessons from Benjamin Franklin
1. “Well done is better than well said.”
Ben knew that talk is cheap. Talking about a project does very little towards its completion. To get the job done, stop talking and take the first action toward completing it.
2. "Never confuse motion with action.”
Ben was never one for busy work. He either worked or played. (And history tells us he really knew how to play!) Rather than going through the motions, rushing from one activity to the next, assess if you really need to be doing each task. Is there busywork you can eliminate from your life?
3. “To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.”
Ben accomplished a lot because he jumped on opportunities. Look around and you’ll see that opportunities are everywhere. Are you smart enough to capitalize on them?
4. “There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.”
Ben knew that it was not easy to know yourself. The far simpler thing is to consider your good days, and sweep your bad days under the rug. To know yourself, you’ve got to consider both your high and your low points. That’s the only path to improvement.
5. “Do not fear mistakes.”
Ben gave himself permission to make mistakes. That’s one of the reasons he was such an innovator. Don’t let the fear of mistakes stop you from trying new things. Get out of your comfort zone and make life happen!