The 21st century way to wealth: diligence and industryBlog added by Jeffrey Reeves on January 4, 2011
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Benjamin Franklin, in the persona of Father Abraham, has more admonitions about how to traverse the way to wealth.

“… so by diligence shall we do more with less perplexity …”

Diligence on the way to wealth means “persevering with attention and care” at building your personal economy. Diligence makes life simpler and less perplexing. That lets you get more done in less time and with less stress. Life is only a struggle for those who struggle with living.

Benjamin Franklin’s Father Abraham has more insights:

“Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy.”

Motivational speakers, authors and coaches are paid millions of dollars every year to tell you the simple compelling truths that Americans have embraced for over 250 years, and that Benjamin Franklin’s Father Abraham popularized in the final installment of “Poor Richard’s Almanack” in 1758.

It’s no surprise that Benjamin Franklin has become such an iconic person in history and folklore. He practiced what Father Abraham preached. He worked diligently at a wide range of tasks and became one of the wisest, most accomplished and most beloved men in the history of the United States of America because of it. Furthermore, he made it look easy through diligence and industry.

Think about it. How hard can it be to spend energy producing in lieu of spending energy trying to find ways to avoid spending energy?
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