Today’s focus:Benjamin Franklin. At the prompting of a friend, I attended a Leader Breakfast and Strategy session (in Philadelphia) titled, By Failing To Prepare You Are Preparing To Fail. You may know that title as a quote credited to Benjamin Franklin. The breakfast was promoted as a reflection of Franklin, the consummate self-improvement model (celebrating his January birth month).
In reality however the session was a “five quick tips,” fast, temporary relief, long on promises, short on value session, far from what Benjamin Franklin actually did to become (among other things) the most successful diplomat in American history.
I wanted to tell the highly polished showman presenter that Franklin wasn’t interested in change on the surface; he knew foundational, transformative improvement had substance, was permanent, sustainable and delivered results. He knew inherently that improvement would not result from trite external behavior modifications. He had witnessed those attempts fail time and again, thus his quote above.
Transformative Improvement- Simple to Describe but not Easy to do
It requires doing the hard work.
- Gaining control over the primal Self was at the foundation of Franklin’s own 13 Virtue self-improvement program.
- Believe that a self-improvement effort actually improves the Self.
- Approach improvement holistically involving all the dimensions of life: mind, body, spirit.
Franklin was ahead of his time. He devised his own self-styled methods because he knew, If You Prepare Yourself You Are Preparing To Succeed!