305 years ago today American Founding Father, inventor, business man, publisher, self-improvement guru, and all-around great guy Benjamin Franklin was born. It wasn’t until recently that I learned to appreciate his genius.
If you haven’t already read his Autobiography, I highly recommend it. In his own words, Franklin provides unique insights into the times in which he lived. It also contains a wealth of practical knowledge that is just as applicable today as when Franklin originally wrote it.
One of my favorite sections of the Autobiography is found in the appendices under the title The Way to Wealth.. You can read it in its entirety here.
The full text is available for free from a variety of online sources. However, I recommend checking out the free LibroVox repository which links not only the ebook, but the audiobook in a variety of audio formats ready for your iPod.
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I’m sure many of us have resolved to read more often in 2011. In a few short weeks most of us, however, will quit because “we just don’t have the time”. Audiobooks enable you to read in the car, the train, at the gym, while doing chores, etc. Make time to read this classic today by downloading it now.
For more on Benjamin Franklin check out these excellent articles from one of my favorite blogs, The Art of Manliness, below:
- Benjamin Franklin’s Pursuit of the Virtuous Life
- Money and Career Advice from Benjamin Franklin’s Way to Wealth
- How to Make a Decision Like Ben Franklin
Do you feel as strongly about Benjamin Franklin as I do? Is he over or underrated? Sound off in the comments below.