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How America Lost Track of Ben Franklin’s Definition of Success

In an article for The Atlantic, John Paul Rollert has a dandy old time recounting the life and times of Benjamin Franklin, and how society could stand to learn from him again. In a nutshell, Franklin “made commercial success not just consistent with personal restraint, but contingent on it.” As late as the Roaring Twenties though, and as illustrated in The Great Gatsby, a wave of increasing decadence began to accompany increasing levels of success. For a more sustainable level of success that is more in tune with helping others, we need to bring back Franklin’s frugal thoughtfulness into our pursuit of success.

In truth, Rollert’s article feels more like an excuse to wax poetic about how great a guy Franklin was, but it is still food for thought on a relaxing Sunday. You can read the full article here:

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