Why Ben Franklin Desired To Do Good Rather Than Just Die Rich

Written By Gary Spirer Published September 23rd, 2009

Here’s some insight into the Steps To philosophy. Over the years, I have found Ben Franklin’s approach to life inspiring.

I want to share with you a quick story. I met a young man, Clint Rogers, who graduated from Brigham Young University. Clint and I have a common cause – spreading entrepreneurship worldwide.

Clint invited me to stay at his parents house in Salt Lake City, where I struck up a conversation with George Rogers about Steps To and my vision to help people to better their lives.

George’s face lit up. He excused himself and within mere seconds, he was back. He placed in my hands a book called “Benjamin Franklin’s the Art of Virtue. His Formula for Successful Living”, Edited by George L. Rogers.

In the book, which we will explore from time to time, was the following:

“The mainspring of motivation that energized Franklin’s life was an unquenchable desire to do good and live usefully. Virtually every endeavor to which he put his hand and heart had as its objective the betterment of human existence.”

This quote captures my motivation for StepsTo.com. Franklin wrote to his mother, “So the years roll round, and the last will come, when I would rather have it said. He lived usefully, than He died rich

The book continues “The Art of Virtue attempts to capture, in his own words, the guiding principles of Franklin’s life. Like rungs on a ladder, these principles provided the footing by which Franklin rose, step by step from apprentice to master all he undertook.”

In turn, that is my major purpose of StepsTo.com – to show you the guiding principles and action steps taken by the greatest minds throughout history.

Join the conversations and share with us your guiding principles and action steps.

Go to https://www.stepsto.com/home to learn how to start up your business, grow your business, make money and live the life you want! We have advised and evaluated thousands of companies from start-ups to Fortune 500 Companies. Steps To combines this knowledge with 25 years of research on the right steps the Greatest Minds in History took to achieve extraordinary success.


  1. Hi Gary,

    You made me want to go over the life of Ben Franklin again. They say it is important to read and try to imbibe the life of someone you want yourself to be.

    I think that’s what we online entrepreneurs should do to inspire ourselves when we get so tired and weary.


  2. Toofan says:

    You have to express more your opinion to attract more readers, because just a video or plain text without any personal approach is not that valuable. But it is just form my point of view

  3. wtfwtfdef says:

    It is useful to try everything in practice anyway and I like that here it’s always possible to find something new. ­čÖé

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