Monday, May 22, 2006

I'm no Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin wrote that if there was one thing he could pass along to his descendants, it would be the practice of studying Thirteen Virtues.

Mr. Franklin wanted to improve himself, so he made a list of traits in which he would seek to be better. He decided he wouldn't get very far studying all of them at the same time. So he studied one each week. With a list of thirteen, he could study the whole set four time per year. He continued this, of and on, for the rest of his life.

Frank Bettger, author of one of my all-time favorite books, How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling wrote that he also tried Franklin's Thirteen week program with great success. He adapted the list to his personal needs and recommended to his reader that we should do the same.

So I did.

Here's my list:
1. Love God
2. Enthusiasm
3. Others
4. Organization
5. Money
6. Knowledge
7. Kids
8. Prospecting
9. Wife
10. Joy
11. Soul-winning
12. 80/20 Rule (Change to "Pray")
13. Slow to Speak

This week marks the beginning of the cycle again. I am back to week #1, "Love God". So far, I have been through the cycle about two or three times. Each week, my Yahoo! Calendar sends me reminders and scriptures on the topic.

Please note, my topics are arranged in an alternating order of Biblical and not-so-Biblical. I don't really know how "wife" ended up at # 9. The list is not in order of priority or importance, since it rotates.

I encourage you to read The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Frank Bettger's book. Then make your own list of thirteen and get started.

Check out this picture of Tilley.

She bought herself a bicycle and this helmet.

God Bless,

Mark 9.37

1 comment:

Jill said...

I love that pic of Tilley...she's SUCH a boy!

Good thing you clarified about why the "wife" thing was low on the list or you would hav been in BIG trouble!

Love yu!

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