Benjamin Franklin, was an American printer, diplomat, scientist and philosopher who made
many contributions to the American Revolution and the newly form Federal Government that
followed. Today, he is recognized as one of America’s greatest inventors.
Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston. His father, Josiah Franklin, a tallow
chandler by trade, had 17 children; Benjamin was the 15th child and the 10th son. The
Franklin family was very frugal in their spending and modest in their conduct, like most
New Englanders at the time. Benjamin Franklin did not attend school for long; soon he was
taken from grammar school and would later become an apprentice to his older brother.
Nevertheless, Benjamin Franklin tried to abide by certain self-disciplines that would
later help him to become the most prominent “self-made” man at the time. I will closely
examine how these self-disciplines helped Franklin to become very successful.
Benjamin Franklin came from a poor home and was driven by ambition to reach his success.
In part II of his autobiography, he spoke of 13 virtues and hope that he would be able to
possess all of them. The names of the virtues were: Temperance, Silence, Order,