Reader Daniella just sent this to me, which is quite cool -
I read the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin a bit back, and I was very impressed with it. This was my second attempt at reading it - the first time, I didn't think it was worth reading since the language was hard to get through and the book was mostly anecdotes that I wasn't getting much from.
What I didn't realize was, the book was written at two very different time periods in Franklin's life. He wrote the first half as kind of a rough set of notes just for his family. Then about 10 years later, he finished it.
The second half of the book is where the gold is. Well, there's a number of interesting points in the first half, but I found the second much more practical and enlightening. Also, he cuts down on the slang and the English modernizes a bit for he second half. I'd recommend it.
Ben's time-tracking and goal-setting was interesting for me to see - makes me realize that there's not so much that's new in the world, and I've done a hell of a lot of reinventing the wheel. I liked how he singled out a bunch of virtues to work on explicitly, and that inspired me a bit to make some refinements.
At Amazon, it's currently free on the Kindle and cheap in paperback, so you probably want to grab a copy on Kindle if you've got one, and think about it in paperback - "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin."."
Thanks for linking that image Daniella, yeah, I enjoyed Ben Franklin's autobiography quite a lot. Lots of gems in there.
To me, the people who bring and brought positive change upon this world have several traits in common. I yet have to find one successful person that does not value his life enough to step back every single day to evaluate their doing and finding inner peace. They often know, how important it is for not ending up in the hamsters wheel, wondering why the time passes by so fast without any progress.
Thanks for the Kindle link to Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography. I've read a little about Franklin's life at various times but I've never read his whole autobiography. I've found it quite interesting thus far (~1/3 of the way through), particularly his many business successes/failures and his descriptions of life in general.
you can get the book here http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/148, and read it with a downloadable e reader http://get.adobe.com/reader/ if you don't want to have to buy it.
There should be some kind of productivity encyclopedia by this point... perhaps a Wikipedia page where all the old knowledge is gather and added to?
At any rate thank you for your suggestion, always nice to have another interesting book.
There are no new ideas, just old ones waiting to be rediscovered. You can almost guarantee that this sort of time planning was pursued to some degree in antiquity - the Greeks, Romans, Mayans, Aztecs all had societies of sufficient complexity that an individual would derive benefit from concious high-level planning of how they spend their time.
Just imagine how human society could have advanced by now if we didn't have to repeatedly rediscover the basics.
Yesterday, I quoted a passage from Heart of Darkness about the Roman legions and officials in Britannia. I thought it was interesting, and mentioned at the end that it's free on the Kindle.
Today I wanted to point out the Kindle for PC (or Mac) readers. It's very nicely designed and pretty to read on - it stacks up favorably with a PDF.
Most importantly, it's easy to get a lot of out of print books for free. Here's how:
1. Go get the relevant program:
Kindle for PC
I had a discussion about book pricing recently with one of my favorite bloggers, Sebastian Marshall. His new book, Ikigai, is being sold for $7.77. He doesn't really care how much money he makes off it (his portion goes to charity, anyway), but he didn't want to lower the price because he thinks that it would signal that the book isn't high quality. I said that I'd accept that possibility for a chance of reaching a larger audience.
And due to lowering the price of Life Nomadic to 2.99, I've been able to reach an incredibly wide audience. In the past month I've sold far more copies of Life Nomadic than all other months combined. Reviews have been coming in, and lives have been changed. Despite much thinner margins, I'm even making more money from it. I couldn't be more happy about all this.
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