While trying better society

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While trying better society, Franklin also tried to better himself. As he would later  describe in his  Autobiography,  he listed thirteen useful "virtues" such as Temperance  and Charity and spent a week concentrating on each. He recognized that he would  never be perfect, but concluded, "I was by the Endeavour made a better and happier  Man than I otherwise should have been." He recommended the technique to others,  earning the dubious distinction of being America's first self-help guru. By the 1730s, Franklin was an important social figure and a prosperous businessman.  He was, by every measure of his era, a success. He had worked single-mindedly on  achieving this success for most of his youth, and must have been very satisfied to  achieve it. He could have sat back and enjoyed his success, but instead he threw  himself into just about every imaginable scheme to improve the world. Why?
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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.

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