By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

A bit of trivia.
See if you can guess the mind and the man behind the facts?
+Considered exceptionally brilliant and innovative, this individual had only two years of formal education. He made up for his lack of schooling by an investment in books and intentional reading. One specific aid to his intelligence was memorization. He would cultivate composition skills by rewriting, from memory, the words and ideas of great men.
+This individual received honorary degrees from Harvard and Yale and was a founder of the University of Pennsylvania.
+This individual was known as the mysterious "Silence Dogood" writer, who took on a fictitious persona in his teens and wrote to matters regarding women's fashions, women's rights, marriage, and religion.
"Silence Dogood" was a fictitious widow
(a supremely curious factoid, yes?)
+This individual arrived penniless in Philadelphia in the 1700's.
He purchased a print shop and became a great writing sensation through his published and popular "Poor Richard's Almanack."
+This individual amassed great wealth at a young age (42) and began an early "retirement" studying science, creating and patenting countless inventions.
+This individual believed in peaceful compromises and was among the last of the founding fathers to resign himself to a separation with Mother England.
+This individual owned two slaves in his lifetime but later became an abolitionist.
+He loved swimming and his aquatic exploits earned him an honorary induction in the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Hmmm ... and yes indeed:
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin was an interesting and invested character who believed in an ongoing system of tangible, personal betterment. He believed in the power of the pen.
He wrote down everything:
Goals, ambitions, dreams, desires, inventions, and strategies (personal and public) were stated openly and determinedly on paper. He mapped out everything through words and recorded the positives and negatives afforded. Failures were deemed helpful in the long term and he grew to embrace them and ascribe them an unusual value.
Give me Benjamin's mind over his money any day!
The man was a genius.
Better yet ... I consider him my friend.
Study the lives of individuals you admire and keep a paper and pen handy always.
Learn from them and imitate their success and see whether it doesn't attach itself to you.
Know where you're going and how to get there.
Improve yourself.
Apply yourself.
Learn from your mistakes.
Create a pattern and patent for learning that changes your life and the lives of those around you.

Intelligence is an acquired state.
Take possession of it.
 "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."
-Benjamin Franklin