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The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin unveiled a great story of success despite the several hardships and troubles that were present throughout his life Benjamin Franklin discussed his life story and illustrated many important aspects of life such as determination and perseverance A well-educated man of many talents and interests Franklin used these tools and many others that enabled him to reach his goals and achieve success Benjamin Franklins reason and purpose in life was to achieve moral stability and to live without committing any fault at any time 124 He wanted to change all of his past actions that did not embody moral perfection those that came natural to him and even actions that his associates led him to Franklins sudden change of outlook on life was a result of his young family 122 A twenty-two year old man Benjamin Franklin was in debt and attempting to raise a family and become a successful printer despite the competition of other printers in Philadelphia and he knew change was necessaryFranklin knew the task of moral perfection was not going to be anything simple By reading and other writers he discovered a source of virtues that made his goal less difficult 124 He used a set of the following thirteen virtues to live by that facilitated his goal of a flawless lifestyle Temperance silence order resolution frugality industry sincerity justice moderation cleanliness tranquility chastity and humility were used in chronological order because each preceding virtue facilitates the acquisition of each subsequent virtue 125-126 Benjamin Franklin used a daily chart where he marked his success or failure of each virtue in his little black bookThere were several virtues that Franklin found challenging and very beneficial He had a difficult time with humility and order due to the fact that he could always act as though he was humble yet he never fully achieved it 130 He also found order to be one of the more
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