In his Autobiography, Benjamin Franklin tells the reader that he never acquired the virtue of humility, although he did acquire the appearance of it. Many disagree with this statement and would conclude that, in reality as well as appearance, Franklin was a motivated person and his main goal in life was self-improvement. Franklin was always looking for an opportunity to advance him, which made his ideas well known throughout America. Benjamin Franklin was an individual who could do many things exceedingly well, which aspired many people to succeed in life. His “errata’s” have come to help the youth of America’s past and present, and will continue to help the future youth of America.
Benjamin Franklin’s “bold and arduous” project is to obtain moral perfection. In succeeding in this project he created thirteen virtues that he feels are absolutely necessary. Out of these thirteen only two of then gave Franklin a problem: Order and Humility. He feels that he never had total organization and he knows that he is often proud of his many accomplishments. Any time he acts humbly he finds himself feeling proud of his humility, which makes him feel like he never accomplished that virtue. Although Franklin feels like he has never accomplished this virtue, many people, including myself feel like he has. Franklin proved that he was a humble person when he wasn’t too proud to push his wheelbarrow through the streets.
What made people admire Franklin was his attentiveness and honesty. He never listened to any negative remarks from no one, for example when Samuel Mickle came to Franklin and warned him that his new printing house would be a disaster since Philadelphia was having problems financially; Franklin refused to listen to him and continued his hard work in the business, and of course he was prosperous again.
Benjamin Franklin became more rational and shy when it came to creating part two of his autobiography. It wasn’t until after receiving letters from various...