The 13 Virtues of Benjamin Franklin are:
- TEMPERANCE: Eat not to dullness, drink not to Elevation
- SILENCE: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation
- ORDER: Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have it’s time
- RESOLUTION: Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve
- FRUGALITY: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing
- INDUSTRY: Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions
- SINCERITY: Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly
- JUSTICE: Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty
- MODERATION: Avoid extremes; forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve
- CLEANLINESS: Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation
- TRANQUILITY: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable
- 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
- HUMILITY: Imitate Jesus and Socrates
To look deeper on how these Virtues can help you to create wealth, we take a look at the virtue of Chastity.
In Franklin’s time, as today, humans enjoy the pleasures of sex, but occasionally forget the responsibilities or consequences. If you are not financially ready to handle the burdens of parenthood, you may have to make some costly decisions financially, spiritually, and morally. If you are married, and are engaged in secretive relationships outside of your marriage, what is the cost to maintain the façade, and what will be the cost to you when other discover your activities?
“Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never well mended…” – B. Franklin
This purpose here is not to delve in to the morals of chastity, but rather to focus on the financial costs associated with any imbalance in the practice of Chastity. We only need to look to headlines of politicians and the famous to see how both honor and finances are affected. A former governor who pursued cases in both state and federal courts involving prostitution was himself ensnarled in a federal investigation of the same type. The cost to his honor, reputation, and wallet, and most important, his family was considerable.
Consider healthy sexual activity in balance with your financial goals and in measure with the other virtues outlined by Franklin.
“It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.” – B. Franklin
Begin to Use Chastity in Improving Wealth
- Are there practices in you life (sexual or otherwise) that could potentially hurt your reputation, or lead to damaging a current relationship? A loss of honor and reputation has the potential to be financially damaging. Divorce, though for many who go through it is necessary, can be a very costly endeavor.
- Avoid unsafe practices that can place your health or life at risk.
- Look to improve your monotonous relationship to create stability in your life. Stable relationships tend to create a better environment in which to build wealth.