Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues & You 
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What did you find most useful or what your biggest impression from this talk? 

Was their an area, topic or word your would like to understand more?

What are other useful questions to explore on this topic?

Do your best to speak in first person and it is find if you don't. What I found it inquiry groups I lead was it had more power that way and requires more courage. (addition)

Big thanks again to Pat Howlett for sharing this and I want to keep the discussion going here or on the video. 

Martin Brossman

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  • I got from Chris Cimino this and want to share it here:

    Ben Franklin – Junto Questions
    This is the list of questions Franklin devised to guide the discussions at Junto meetings.
    1. Have you met with any thing in the author you last read, remarkable, or suitable to be communicated to the Junto? particularly in history, morality, poetry, physics, travels, mechanic arts, or other parts of knowledge?
    2. What new story have you lately heard agreeable for telling in conversation?
    3. Hath any citizen in your knowledge failed in his business lately, and what have you heard of the cause?
    4. Have you lately heard of any citizen’s thriving well, and by what means?
    5. Have you lately heard how any present rich man, here or elsewhere, got his estate?
    6. Do you know of any fellow citizen, who has lately done a worthy action, deserving praise and imitation? or who has committed an error proper for us to be warned against and avoid?
    7. What unhappy effects of intemperance have you lately observed or heard? of imprudence? of passion? or of any other vice or folly?
    8. What happy effects of temperance? of prudence? of moderation? or of any other virtue?
    9. Have you or any of your acquaintance been lately sick or wounded? If so, what remedies were used, and what were their effects?
    10. Who do you know that are shortly going [on] voyages or journies, if one should have occasion to send by them?
    11. Do you think of any thing at present, in which the Junto may be serviceable to mankind? to their country, to their friends, or to themselves?
    12. Hath any deserving stranger arrived in town since last meeting, that you heard of? and what have you heard or observed of his character or merits? and whether think you, it lies in the power of the Junto to oblige him, or encourage him as he deserves?
    13. Do you know of any deserving young beginner lately set up, whom it lies in the power of the Junto any way to encourage?
    14. Have you lately observed any defect in the laws of your country, of which it would be proper to move the legislature an amendment? Or do you know of any beneficial law that is wanting?
    15. Have you lately observed any encroachment on the just liberties of the people?
    16. Hath any body attacked your reputation lately? and what can the Junto do towards securing it?
    17. Is there any man whose friendship you want, and which the Junto, or any of them, can procure for you?
    18. Have you lately heard any member’s character attacked, and how have you defended it?
    19. Hath any man injured you, from whom it is in the power of the Junto to procure redress?
    20. In what manner can the Junto, or any of them, assist you in any of your honourable designs?
    21. Have you any weighty affair in hand, in which you think the advice of the Junto may be of service?
    22. What benefits have you lately received from any man not present?
    23. Is there any difficulty in matters of opinion, of justice, and injustice, which you would gladly have discussed at this time?
    24. Do you see any thing amiss in the present customs or proceedings of the Junto, which might be amended?
  • “There is a time when our parents raise us and there is a time when we raise ourselves.” – Quote from Pat Howlett’s talk on Ben Franklin
  • Pat, I decided I am going to go over all 13 virtues with the on-line Men's Inquiry starting in December. The on-line group has had low activity since I had to spend more time taking care of my parents and this is a top that interest me. One a month starting in December which will also get me to dig deeper in each one.

    First questions:
    Would you provide a more current explanation of this statement or just in other words. I want to make sure I fully understand each one and honestly ask myself each one as well:

    Do you sincerely declare that you love mankind in general, of what profession or religion soever?

    I remember when training in Aikido I wanted to know what the black belt class was doing, the real advance stuff. I want to the class to find they are working on the first technique I learned in aikido and basic falls (part of Aikidio is how to safely fall). I asked my teacher why the advance class that night was all on just basic falls and basic techniques. He said something I always remember: To be a Master your need to learn to love the mat. This is way it is always good to review quality core information.
  • Martin, it was great to 'get permission' so to speak to really just keep trying more so than reach the goal every single day. I think a lot of us can agree that our days are full of 'shoulds' rather than 'woulds' and "to do's" rather than "ta da's" (a HeatherO-ism). And to get permission to not have to be everything every day - smaller fish, smaller fish!

    It was just amazing. So simple, clean, to the point, funny, matter of fact. This presentation really was a gem and I'm grateful that I was there!
    • Thanks Michelle for the comment. That comment you made of 'get permission' is a gift I have experienced in life before as well and a good point.

      Also after your post I realized something that I left out of the request the comment to speak in first person. It is challenging to do for me on very personal topics and I have found had even grater impact on me and the reader. Thanks for being the first to comment. Michelle it is also getting me to bring my Men's work out in the open again. I think that will be a good goal for 2010 instead of waiting for the "right time" or when my business is at the "right level" ( ). Pat does not know this but I was considering re-starting it exploring each one of the virtues one a month. Don't tell him! ;)
  • One of the pieces that was so important is that Pat shared how Ben struggled with the Virtues he did his best to live by. I remember the gift in my life when I stopped expecting all my role models to be perfect. Giving them more room to be human gave me more room to learn from my mistakes.

    I will add more but want to hear from you?

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