People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.
David H. Comins
Trying out the reading list for the Harvard Classics, I read parts of the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. And damn, his ideas on habit change are surprisingly current.
Not only his idea of a time table:
but also his idea of trying to change his habits one at a time:
Nice idea to start with one virtue, log his failures, and only when you did not mark a single failure move to the next one. Kinda like an inverse habit tracker.
His finding that it took longer than expected will also resonate with a lot of current readers.
Absolutely worth reading, especially today. The pages are below, and it looks like the Harvard Classics do contain quite some gems.
(all images pages from Harvard Classics)