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Benjamin Franklin – a polymath, inventor and one of America’s Founding Fathers – displayed little aptitude as a youngster. Yet by following a path of continual and deliberate learning, he achieved extraordinary success across multiple disciplines. Following in Franklin’s footsteps may seem like a lofty target, but his formula for learning is surprisingly simple: Dedicate an hour per day to self-improvement. In an era of rapid transformation, optimizing learning techniques is a must for anyone participating in the workforce.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How US statesman Benjamin Franklin transformed himself through daily study,
  • How you can apply similar principles and
  • What specific actions you can take to integrate learning into your life.
 

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Michael Simmons is an author and social enterpreneur.

 

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As a teenager, Benjamin Franklin displayed no discernible skill beyond his love of books. Yet upon his death, he was a highly regarded inventor, author, entrepreneur and politician. Franklin’s success is attributable to the “five-hour rule” – that is, dedicating an hour a day, five days a week, to deliberate learning. Franklin rose early each day to study. He identified virtues he wanted to practice and tracked his progress. He established a society of like-minded individuals who wanted to better themselves. He tested the validity of his ideas, and he took time each day to ask reflective questions. Setting aside time to study each day reduced Franklin’s daily output but was the best investment of his time over the long term. Deliberate learning is common among many of the world’s most successful personalities, including Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Oprah Winfrey. “Empty space is central to the five-hour rule.” Incorporating “slack” into your schedule lets you engage in deliberate learning in six ways:


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