Building Character One Virtue at a Time

Master Key Master Mind Alliance Experience Week 19

“I propos’d to myself, for the sake of clearness, to use rather more names, with fewer ideas annex’d to each, than a few names with more ideas; and I included under thirteen names of virtues all that at that time occurr’d to me as necessary or desirable, and annexed to each a short precept, which fully express’d the extent I gave to its meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin

This week marks a milestone for me. I have diligently pressed on in the face of multitudes of excited changes that might collapse a mere mortal…

Actually that’s not what I intended to write about today…it’s the character traits we’ve been working on for the last 6 weeks. The act of consciously creating one’s character.

I’ve spent some time researching Benjamin Franklin. I have his autobiography and have ordered other books about Ben Franklin that I might study him with my boys in our homeschooling lesson time. As I spent time reviewing the autobiography from the viewpoints I have gained through the MK, I get new insight as well as excitement for my own development of character and how I can empower my boys as unique individuals with a foundation of strength and wisdom.

There is no question that I have improved in my own character by applying the tools of the makeover from our Master Key Master Mind.

It began with Kindness. I followed that with Well Organized, Perseverance, Self Control, Specialized Knowledge and this week Discipline.

I was reading how at the age of 20 Ben Franklin created a system to develop his character. These are the original virtues he devised.

  1. Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  2. Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  3. Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  4. Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  5. Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
  6. Industry. Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  7. Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  8. Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  9. Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.
  11. Tranquillity. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  12. Chastity. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
  13. Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

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2 thoughts on “Building Character One Virtue at a Time

  1. Hi Stephana ! I am happy that you have done the research about Franklin and all these virtues ! Thank you a lot for sharing ! I too find these manner of re-defining my character very effective. I wish you a Happy Valentine for your and your family / friends.