The Many-Sided Franklin

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ASSOCIATION BATTERY . From an original sketch in the possession of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

VIII
JACK OF ALL TRADES

THE career of Franklin teaches very strongly that general ability, rather than special aptitude, is the quality most potent in winning success; for it is impossible not to conclude that he possessed elements which would have raised him, even had his lot been other than what it was. Several times in his life he changed his vocation or interests, but never with apparent loss, and the main impression that his life leaves on the student is that he was not merely multidexterous, but multiminded.

Franklin came of a working family, and "my elder brothers," he states, "were all put apprentices to different trades." He himself, when ten years old, was taken from school" to assist my father in his business,

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