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Driving Your Business!

23 Apr

Drive thy business or it will drive thee. ~Benjamin Franklin

To think, that a man who lived and died over 200 years ago could be quoted on practical matters in 2013 — and that his words are as true today as they were when he first spoke them.

We think of Benjamin Franklin as one of our country’s founding fathers, remembering him as a great statesman of a fledgling country. But Ben Franklin was much more than that. He was also a writer, printer, publisher, newspaper owner, the first political cartoonist, scientist, inventor, environmentalist, civic leader and businessman. As a serial entrepreneur it seemed that everything he did he succeeded at.

Born a common man, Benjamin Franklin epitomizes what our country has become – a nation of opportunities for all its citizens. Where, with an idea and the willingness to work hard any individual could go from rags to riches in just a matter of years. And not only did he find success in his own businesses, but helped others to succeed by franchising his printing operations to others to open print shops in other cities. Mr. Franklin would be very comfortable living and working today in Silicon Valley.

With all his various quotations you may wonder why I chose this one to write about today. I chose it because in my many years in business and in assisting other business owners, I saw how people who started their business with the best of intentions, soon became slaves to these very enterprises. Devoting their lives to their work and  missing out on the very things that bring true meaning to life; a loving relationship, children, God, community and hopefully upon death to be called a “Mensch,” a good person.

Probably no one that you meet today will have as much business experience as Benjamin Franklin. So take his advice to heart. Drive your business. Work hard. But don’t forget that work is only a small part of life.

With Love,

Michael

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