Two Options to Be Successful (Ben Franklin)I found this quote by Benjamin Franklin quite fascinating.

I found this quote by Benjamin Franklin quite fascinating.

He said, one way or another, that to be extraordinarily successful you must “either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

What do you think he is mostly getting at here? I find the quote fascinating from a few perspectives. I think his point is that (especially during his time) to get noticed, you have to do one of two things.

I like how he makes the quote super simple and easy to understand. Figure out how to do one of those two things, and you will gain attention.

Now fast forward to today’s world, you would probably have to expand upon the quote, including “video-tape or vlog or tweet, etc.” but the point still stands.

To be “famous,” you have to captivate others’ attention.

I do not think, however, that “famous people” are all extraordinarily successful. And I know that not all extraordinarily successful people are famous.

Indeed, the millionaire next door is a great example of this. Quiet. Composed. Never bragging.

Few write about that person.

But surely her or his story is worth reading.

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By jordangonen on January 18, 2018.

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