13 Principles of Success
By Tony L. Callahan
In 1723 a young man, the fifteenth child of a candle maker,
arrived in Philadelphia with a trunk load of ambition and no
money to his name. By age 42 he retired successful, wealthy and
one of the most respected men of his day.
Few people, before or since have been as successful as this
young man. In his autobiography, he credits this list of 13
principles for his success:
Many of you have likely figured out who the young man in the
story is. For those still wondering, the young man in question
is inventor, statesman and philosopher, Benjamin Franklin. It is
Mr. Franklin's recommendation that each principles be exercised,
in order, adding one per week until all thirteen are put into
TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or
yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
ORDER. Let all your things have their places; let each
part of your business have its time.
RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform
without fail what you resolve.
FRUGALITY. Make no expense but to do good to others or
yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employed in something
useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
SINCERITY. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and
justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
JUSTICE. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the
benefits that are your duty.
MODERATION. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries
so much as you think they deserve.
CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloths,
TRANQUILLITY. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at
accidents common or unavoidable.
CHASTITY. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring,
never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or
another's peace or reputation.
HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
While the language may be dated, the message of these thirteen
principles is as valid today as it was in Mr. Franklin's day.
Begin today to employ these principles and they will contribute
not only to your business success but also to your personal
growth and happiness.
Expect to Succeed!
What is it that makes one person successful and
another one not successful?
It is the attitude of self-worth. We get what
we want out of life by believing that we deserve
to succeed. Your idea of what success is, could
easily be different than mine.
Some would like notoriety, others wealth, some
health. Some want it all, and amazingly get it!
The 3 Paradigms of Success
A paradigm, according to the Oxford American Dictionary, is "something serving as an example or model of how things should be done." Here are the 3 paradigms of the
successful professional service provider.
Success: The Human Element
Responsibility for growth rests not only at the corporate level, but also at the individual level.
While development of technical skills is important, emphasis must be placed on the enhancement of the total
person. The result is a productive person working in a caring company. Here are some growth promoting areas.
Copyright 2009 Tony L. Callahan All Rights Reserved
Tony L. Callahan, is a successful Internet Promotions Consultant with more than twenty years of industry experience and is president of his own Internet marketing company,
Link-Promote. He also publishes Web-Links Monthly, a newsletter full of tips, tricks, tools and techniques for successful web site promotions.