Analysis Of Benjamin Franklin 's Autobiography, The Autobiography And Other Writings

1308 Words Sep 27th, 2015 6 Pages
Most people imagine spending their “perfect” day by relaxing next to a stunning view with family and friends while enjoying their favorite hobbies. Rarely, does one think of a “perfect” day as one filled with hard work, but is relaxing really more satisfying than hard work? In order to find out the answer, I decided to experiment. In Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, The Autobiography and Other Writings, Franklin created a virtue experiment so that he could form a habit of being virtuous. His experiment consists of thirteen virtues, and Franklin practiced one virtue every week. Following his example, I chose to practice the virtue, industry. In his autobiography, Franklin defines industry as “lose no time. Be always employ’d in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions” (83). This definition is almost complete, but it is necessary to define what is useful and what is unnecessary because without these definitions, there is no standard that can be used to measure industry. In order to practice industry, I created my own standards. To me, industry means to diligently complete the things that need to be done without wasting time. I began my experiment by setting priorities to measure what is useful; then, I set a few goals such as completing a day’s work with diligence, eliminating distractions, and getting enough rest.
In Franklin’s definition of industry, he says to always be doing something that is important. Everyone’s idea of what is important is different, but…

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