Ben Franklin Helped Me Start A Cleaning Business

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by Tom Watson on December 12, 2010

Yes…Ben Franklin helped me start a cleaning business.

I know that must sound rather odd, after all Ben Franklin passed away in 1790.

Of course I didn’t mean he actually assisted me in purchasing supplies and obtaining accounts. It was more along the lines of some of the writings he left behind (Ben Franklin was a prolific writer in addition to the many other hats he wore during his distinguished life).

One of the writings he penned was “The Way To Wealth”. It’s one of the smallest books you’ll ever see and can be read in 15 minutes flat. It is not short on value though as it’s loaded with catchy phrases that are easy to remember and are sure to help point you in the right direction should you ever be in doubt on certain issues.

Consider some of these tidbits of advice.

On “Working”:

“Work while it is called today, for you know not how much you may be hindered tomorrow. One today is worth two tomorrow’s. Never leave that till tomorrow, which you can do today.”

 On “Time”:

“But dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of”.

“The sleeping fox catches no poultry, and that there will be sleeping enough in the grave”.

“Lost time is never found again, and what we call time enough always proves little enough”.

On “Money”:

“Beware of little expenses, a small leak will sink a great ship”.

“If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some, for he that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing”.

Ben Franklin’s tidbits of advice is as useful today as it was over two hundred years ago. The one lesson that always jumps out at me when I read his book is this: keep everything simple.

To me “keep everything simple” means having a good plan, chipping away at it each day and making solid common sense decisions with both your time and money daily. If you can do that, which Ben Franklin suggested long ago, you’ll soon wake up one day and be able to say the following…

“Ben Franklin helped me start a cleaning business”.

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