Benjamin Franklin’s Guide to Staying Out of Trouble

Adrian S. Potter
4 min readMar 6, 2024

“It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.”

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The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, renowned for his multifaceted contributions as a statesman, diplomat, scientist, inventor, writer, and philosopher.

Born in Boston, Franklin rose from modest beginnings to become a leading figure in American history. He played a pivotal role in drafting the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, as well as in negotiating the Treaty of Paris, which ended the American Revolutionary War.

Franklin’s scientific experiments, particularly in electricity, earned him international acclaim and laid the groundwork for advancements in physics. He also invented practical devices such as the lightning rod and bifocals. As a writer and publisher, Franklin’s wit and wisdom were showcased in his famous almanac, “Poor Richard’s Almanack,” and his autobiography, which remains a classic of American literature.

Throughout his life, Franklin embodied the ideals of self-improvement, civic responsibility, and intellectual curiosity, leaving an indelible mark on American culture and society. His wise quote –



Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·