Poor Richard once said, “Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason.” In the context of Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, my interpretation of this quote is that you should persuade people by attempting to convince them that your suggestion is in your best interest as well as the best interest of the person you are trying to persuade. Many attempt to persuade others by reason or by trying to convince the other person that they are wrong. Franklin believed that attempting to persuade by reason only creates enemies, and he gave personal examples of both methods and the outcomes in his autobiography.
FaithThe only thing that has had a greater influence on my life than my father, is my Faith. I believe that God has a plan for everyone, and that He brings us through our daily trials with mercy and compassion. Everyday I remember that "It is of the Lord's mercy that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not." (Lamentations 3:22 - NKJV)
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ServiceAs a part of my faith as a Christian, I am compelled to serve God. I am not perfect, but I try to honor Him in all that I do. Under the pseudonym Poor Richard, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "What is serving God? 'Tis doing good to man." I believe this wholeheartedly. Therefore, I make sure I dedicate time each year to some type of community service.