Benjamin Franklin, was an American printer, diplomat, scientist and philosopher who made many contributions to the American Revolution and the newly form Federal Government that followed. Today, he is recognized as one of America’s greatest inventors.
Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston. His father, Josiah Franklin, a tallow chandler by trade, had 17 children; Benjamin was the 15th child and the 10th son. The Franklin family was very frugal in their spending and modest in their conduct, like most New Englanders at the time. Benjamin Franklin did not attend school for long; soon he was taken from grammar school and would later become an apprentice to his older brother. Nevertheless, Benjamin Franklin tried to abide by certain self-disciplines that would later help him to become the most prominent “self-made” man at the time. I will closely examine how these self-disciplines helped Franklin to become very successful.