Of course, many people in America who have started over from scratch and worked hard to reach their dreams have failed. Nevertheless, some people succeed–and Franklin was one of them. It was partly good luck: he quickly met people who were willing to help him. He also had good timing, arriving in Philadelphia at a time when the city was growing quickly. He also had talent and rare intelligence. These things added up nicely for Franklin, and by the time he was a young adult he was on his way to social and financial success. Franklin's success as a printer and businessman did not come right away, as his experience with Governor Keith indicates. Being stranded in London was a setback, but Franklin made the best of it. It may even have been was a blessing in disguise, because in London Franklin met people who were as intelligent and forward thinking as he.
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.