Ben Franklin was a great, wise sage. Here are a few of his aphorisms with my comments about the journey to unleash our talents.
He that lives on hope will die fasting.
Keep hope alive, for hope lifts hearts and gives reasons to work hard.
Sell not virtue to purchase wealth nor liberty to purchase power.
Remember that building character is the most valuable result of the journey; never compromise integrity.
Love your enemies for they will tell you your faults.
Seek honest feedback and continuously improve.
Glass, China and Reputation are easily cracked and never well mended.
Resist the temptation to take shortcuts or cut corners. Excellence takes time.
Tart words make no friends: a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.
Learn to be an effective encourager and get encouraged, too.
Industry, perseverance, and frugality make fortune yield.
Sticking to goals, refusing to quit, and resisting unnecessary debt will make dreams come true.
Half the truth is often a great lie.
Beware of self-deception and the infectious victim mentality.
All things are easy to industry, All things difficult to Sloth.
There is little that cannot be overcome by plunging with focused effort; endless planning and analysis will make things seem harder than they are.
There are no fools so troublesome as those that have wit.
The information supply is endless and entertaining; be careful who you choose to listen to.
Make haste slowly.
Don't rush the pursuit of excellence. Steady, consistent effort will bring good results soon enough.
Fear God, and your Enemies will fear you.
Reverence the Almighty God and Jesus Christ, live by Their words, and even those who don't like you may secretly envy your integrity.
Speak little, do much.
Choose words carefully; don't get mired in analysis and reflection but have a bias for action.
Be blessed on your journey!