The 13 virtues of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
In 1726, during a voyage by ship from London to Philadelphia, he devised a system of 13 virtues to perfect his own moral conduct. This system can be repeated 4 times in one year, adopting the system of cultivating a virtue per week (13×4 = 52, the weeks of the year).
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|Industriousness||Don’t waste your time. Always be engaged in something useful. Avoids unnecessary action. Time cannot be replaced if not by other time|
|Sincerity||Do not resort to subterfuge that can cause damage. Your thoughts are innocent and righteous and they remain when you decide to express them. Shortcuts do not always lead to arrive first to the goal|
|Justice||Do not offend anyone, doing him a wrong or neglecting the duty to do him good. The importance of maintaining a competitive but correct attitude is the stylistic figure of those companies who are aware of their strengths|
|Moderation||Avoid extremes. Keep yourself from being wronged for how you think they would deserve. Maintaining a distinctive understatement is very appreciated virtues|
|Cleaning||Do not tolerate any dirt in the body, clothing or home. The habit can lead us not to see the mess that Magati reigns on the desk. Or rather the bad smell, which we no longer notice,|
|Tranquility||Do not fidget for trifles or for common and inevitable accidents. The ability to act on events rather than re-act to the same, identifying strategies and new solutions to old problems helps to live with greater tranquility its role of value generator|
|Chastity||of Venus rarely uses, only to maintain health or to procreate, never to be satisfied, to infiacchirti or to affect your or the other’s reputation. Without wishing to enter on purely moralistic themes, I believe that the correct interpretation of this virtue is linked, as always, to a question of balance|
|Humility||Imitates Jesus or Socrates. The humility of those who have the ability to question themselves, to choose to be different. Jesus and Socrates, two Titans|
|Temperance||Do not eat to satiety and do not drink until you become eupptic. Knowing how to adjust impulses and instincts|
|Silence||Don’t talk except to benefit yourself or others. Avoid the futile speeches. How often do we speak out of the question or when our opinion is not asked. Avoid the futile speeches|
|Order||Your every thing has its place, each of your activities devotes the right time. The disorder impacts significantly on how we operate. It also has negative effects on our ability to clarify|
|Determination||You decide to do what you have to do. Run without hesitation how much you have decided. The ability to achieve results is based on a sound discipline|
|Thrift||Do not spend if not to do good to yourself or others, that is to say do not waste anything. Marginality lurks between waste: time, material, bad or inefficient financial management.|