Crackerjack Greenback Prudent Advice for a Prosperous Future

December 4, 2008

The Way to Wealth – Nuggets of Wisdom from Benjamin Franklin: Little Strokes

Filed under: Goals,The Basics,The Way to Wealth,Values — Paul Williams @ Crackerjack Greenback @ 4:00 am

Black & White Stones & Water by Johanna Garlike on Flickr       Last week, we talked about Time Management in Benjamin Franklin’s The Way to Wealth. Even with top notch time management skills, we can often run into huge tasks that seem impossible or become so busy that it seems like we’ll never get anything done. Franklin’s advice is to remember that we can accomplish great things when we tackle them little by little. Here is today’s quote:

       ‘Tis true there is much to be done, and perhaps you are weak handed, but stick to it steadily, and you will see great effects, for constant dropping wears away stones, and by diligence and patience the mouse ate in two the cable; and little strokes fell great oaks, as Poor Richard says in his almanac, the year I cannot just now remember.

The Way to Wealth – Benjamin Franklin

       In nearly everything we take on, there is much to be done but often little time to do it in. Franklin’s advice is to “stick to it steadily” or keep at it until you accomplish your goal. Nature provides us many great examples of this truth. Some of the most amazing rock formations on Earth were formed by the power of steady work from water. Even a tiny drop can bore a hole through the thickest rock if given enough time. We, too, can reach astounding goals by simply working at them little by little over enough time.

Johnson's camp by flickr-rickr at Flickr       I really like the quote “little strokes fell great oaks”. It’s easy to remember and it’s a powerful example. Have you ever chopped down a tree with an axe before? Each stroke of the axe only takes out a tiny bit of the tree, but after enough strokes the tree falls over. Taking small steps to achieve your dreams may seem trivial at the time, but every little step gets you that much closer to the goal. Even the tiniest step forward is better than standing still or moving backwards.

       Do you have some huge task waiting for you right now? Perhaps it’s a large project at work, or starting your own business, or getting your finances in shape. Even if it seems like you’re a long way off from finishing these things, start taking small steps to achieve them now. A little progress here and a little progress there—you’ll soon be done!


  1. I really like that quote too! It is cute and so true 🙂

    Comment by Katie — December 4, 2008 @ 8:33 am

  2. Thanks!

    Comment by Paul Williams @ Crackerjack Greenback — December 4, 2008 @ 11:49 am

  3. Hey this was really well written and inspirational. So true. The biggest mistake is to ignore large projects for days, which turn into weeks and months… Rome wasn’t built in a day!

    Comment by dM — December 5, 2008 @ 12:43 am

  4. Thanks, dM! I’m glad you liked it.

    Comment by Paul Williams @ Crackerjack Greenback — December 5, 2008 @ 7:46 am

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