Benjamin Franklin The Self-Made Man Is Benjamin Franklin truly a self-made man, become successful through his own efforts or other outside factors? Benjamin Franklin, America’s self-made man, is said to have created the concept of the self-made man (Wikipedia). Well-traveled, well-read, multi-lingual and always striving to improve himself, came from the tenth son of a candle-maker to become a wealthy business man, retiring at the age of 42 (Accounting). Franklin invented many things in his life including the lightening rod, bifocal lenses, the odometer, and the 24-hour, three-wheel clock (PBS). Serving his country, he was elected as a delegate by the Pennsylvania Assembly, helped drafted the U.S. Declaration of Independence, was the first U.S. Ambassador, as well as the first U.S. Postmaster General (Learnodo). This is only some of the many things that Benjamin Franklin has done in his life, coming for humble beginnings to achieve great success. “People don’t rise from nothing…It is only by asking where they are from that we can unravel the logic behind who succeeds and who doesn’t. (Gladwell 87)” Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success tells us the different factors on how a person becomes successful. He shares his findings about people who had opportunities to practice 10,000 hours to become expertise in their area. Like Bill Gates, who had access to a computer lab to practice many hours of computer coding (Gladwell 50-55). Gladwell also expresses that “cultural advantage” plays a role in success. Parents making their children feel a sense of entitlement and teaching them “practical intelligence” (Gladwell 101-108). The timing of opportunities for one to be able to succeed is a huge factor. Gladwell explains this with Canadian hockey players, who were mostly born in January, February, and March corresponding with the eligibility cutoff for age-class hockey on January 1 (Gladwell 20-24). Benjamin Franklin the “self-made man” is put to the test
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