Two boys, who were all of 14 years of age, once exchanged letters on a topic considered to be too serious for their age -'Should women be educated'. What started as a friendly debate between the two friends slowly turned into a heated squabble. The father of one of these boys saw these letters and though he was very impressed with his son’s style of reasoning, it was the presentation of the matter that he didn't approve of.
This 14-year-old boy who accepted his father’s criticism positively, was Benjamin Franklin. The young Franklin would take his Dad’s observations seriously and then would read an essay to understand the essence of the topic. Franklin would make notes on what he read and then, after a couple of days, he would re-write the subject matter in his own words. The youngster went on doing this incessantly.
Hard work always pays and Benjamin’s efforts proved this. His writing improved drastically, but not enough for this eminent person to be satisfied. This time it was his limited vocabulary that Franklin wanted to improve. To tackle this problem he decided to rewrite the essays in the form of poetry, with the same procedure as he followed earlier and his improvement was exponential. So much so that this young boy went on to draft the ‘Declaration of Independence’ and the ‘Constitution of the United States’. Benjamin has proved to world that there is absolutely no short-cut to success and achievement is possible only by walking the path of hard work.