Ben Franklin America's Original Entrepreneur, Franklin's Autobiography Adapted for Modern Times

ISBN-10: 1932531688

ISBN-13: 9781932531688

Edition: 2006

Authors: Blaine McCormick, John Bogle, Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Enriquez

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The story of America's first entrepreneur, taken from his own words, adapted for today's business reader "Franklin's autobiography is America's first great self-help book. It teaches in a delightful way how to win friends, influence people, and succeed in business. Professor McCormick makes this great work more accessible and adds his own insights." --Walter Isaacson, author," Benjamin Franklin: An American Life "Ben Franklin is the only modern translation of Franklin's original autobiography covering both the founding father's life and the formation of his business acumen from 1706 through 1757. It deciphers the colonial context of Franklin's autobiography and clearly presents Franklin's observations and experiences in the business world in ways that modern readers can appreciate and apply. Part I details Franklin's upbringing, explaining the lessons he learned on his way to owning his own business. Part II covers Franklin's years as a printer and concludes when he retires from his business. Part III showcases a highly effective Franklin applying his business knowledge as he moves into the public arena. Special sidebars link concepts introduced in the original autobiography with today's business environment, over two centuries later.
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Entrepreneur Media Inc/Entrepreneur Press
Publication date: 10/15/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

One of 17 children, Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. He ended his formal education at the age of 10 and began working as an apprentice at a newspaper. Running away to Philadelphia at 17, he worked for a printer, later opening his own print shop. Franklin was a man of many talents and interests. As a writer, he published a colonial newspaper and the well-known Poor Richard's Almanack, which contains his famous maxims. He authored many political and economic works, such as The Way To Wealth and Journal of the Negotiations for Peace. He is responsible for many inventions, including the Franklin stove and bifocal eyeglasses. He conducted scientific experiments, proving in one of his most famous ones that lightning and electricity were the same. As a politically active citizen, he helped draft the Declaration of Independence and lobbied for the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. He also served as ambassador to France. He died in April of 1790 at the age of 84.

Blaine McCormick, associate dean at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, is a nationally recognized expert on Benjamin Franklin. He has been interviewed by theNew York Times, CNN, and Peter Jennings and is the author ofBen Franklin's 12 Rules of Management.

Introduction: The Founding Father of American Business
The Making of an Entrepreneur
Why Bother Writing Your Own Story?
Franklin Means Freedom
Credit to Whom Credit Is Due
The Enduring Legacy of Moral Instruction
Early Employments and My Introduction to Various Trades
First Attempts at Self-Improvement
Experimenting with Vegetarianism
Where We Learned to "Win Friends and Influence People"
The Yearning for Independence
Breaking Loose to Freedom
Testing My Determination
My Unlikely Beginning in Philadelphia
My First Job
Big Promises from a Fancy Politician
Returning Home to Boston
More Mistakes and Bigger Promises
The Art of Upward Influence
My Friends and Pastimes
Departing for London
Making the Best of It in London
Another Friendship Ends
Beer and Productivity
More Tales of My Frugality
The End of the London Adventure
The Rise of an Entrepreneur
Setting a Course and Staying Flexible
The Junto-A Club for Mutual Self-Improvement
Breaking with Keimer and Making My Own Plans
Reflecting on My Morals
Getting Started
A Strategic Response to a Competitive Betrayal
Setting Up My Own Shop at Last
The Power of a Good Reputation
Getting Married
Founding the First Library in Philadelphia
Proverbs and Productivity
Thoughts on Religion
My Plan to Achieve Moral Perfection
Reflections on the Pursuit of Moral Perfection
Additional Thoughts on Humility
Some Counsel on Grand Undertakings
Poor Richard's Almanac Introduced
Franchising Across the Continent
Learning Languages
Fighting the Good Fight
Family Matters
Update on the Junto
Advice on Changing Someone's Opinion of You
How to Displease Your Superiors
Building a Better Community
Founding the First Fire Department
The Reverend George Whitefield
Franklin the Inventor
On Partnerships
Proposing a College, Establishing a Militia
The Politics of Fortification
On Managing Dilemmas
Founding the University of Pennsylvania
Retiring from My Business
The Legacy of an Entrepreneur
The Power of Contingent Contracts
Good Advice for Fundraising
Negotiating Peace with the American Indians
It's the Little Things
The Reluctant Revolutionary
How to Get Off to a Bad Start
Death and Taxes
How to Gain Cooperation
How to Get Off to a Great Start
Guarding Against Overconfidence
Sizing Up the British
Calling in Debts, Old and New
Negotiating with Coalitions
Benjamin Franklin, Soldier
Managing Morale
Reward or Punish?
A Hero's Return
Enemies Accumulate
My Life as a Scientist
Holding Fast to Principle
The Impact of Indecisive Leadership
More on Poor Leadership
The Slowest Ship
No Substitute for Integrity
Afterword: The Rest of the Story
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