Last week, my husband came home from getting a haircut where he had read an article about Benjamin Franklin, and said, “Do you realize you are saying the same thing Benjamin Franklin was saying almost three hundred years ago?” It’s true – the message is old, and maybe it is time for a refresher course.
Let’s just think of it as getting back to our roots. These principles are as true today as yesterday, in business and in life. When we return to the basics and the core aspects, we are re-aligned with our purpose and intention. I have placed a quote from Benjamin Franklin along side The Anatomy of a Life Entrepreneur.
Purpose – “Well done is better than well said.”
- Live a life on purpose.
- Walk the walk.
- Spread Peace, Love & Laughter
Creativity – “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Thankfully, this comes naturally for me. And, I believe it is a powerful well-being and success-driven habit. Consider the activities that take place late at night – watching television, late night munchies, drinking. These tend to be activities of consumption. Consider now the activities and the people who rise early – to workout, to beat the rush, to get a head start, to write, to meditate…to create. A successful life creates more than it consumes. Thus, those who rise early may also retire early.
- Create more; consume less.
- The Joy of the Right Brain
Influence – “Waste not; want not.” “A penny saved is a penny earned.” This is the power of less. It is a simple equation: If you spend everything you earn on things you don’t need or don’t add value to your life, then you will have a lot of stuff and little happiness.
Love – “Does thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of.” I’m thinking Tim Ferriss is the modern day Benjamin Franklin. Work is not drudgery when you do what you love, when you create, and when you serve others.
- Love what you do and do what you love.
- 0-Hour Workweek
Authenticity – “What you seem to be, be really.”
Trust – “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Connection – “What is serving God? ‘Tis doing good to man.”
I say all this to point out that simplicity is way of life, The Way to Wealth, as termed by Benjamin Franklin. It is a common denominator of Life Entrepreneurs. To live simply is a habit to sow and a character to reap. The benefits are a life of plenty and an abundance to share.
As conscious parents, our intention is to grow young entrepreneurs. To grow young entrepreneurs we must role model these characteristics. And maybe even more important than the habit, is the conversation. Why we do what we do. It’s more than, “No, you can’t pilfer through the dollar isle at Target.”
The more message is “We don’t need any of those items, so let’s not waste on something we don’t need.” “No thank you, we are here to buy only useful things.” “Would you like to buy one useful or beautiful item to give to the needy?”
The easiest way to create a new habit is to begin. Get up with the sun, walk your walk, waste not your time, don’t consume when you can create, only take what you need, trust you have plenty, and give to others. These are the tested and true practices for The Way to Wealth, and the holistic success of a Life Entrepreneur.
The unique attribute of the Life Entrepreneur is an attitude of abundance and a lifestyle of simplicity. Simplicity is a means to leverage yourself and your resources for the greatest return on your investment – more time to do what you love. More with less is my wide lens perspective – Think Big, Live Small is my motto.
Cultivating Love & Peace,