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Self-improvement plan
In his Autobiography, Franklin explains that he felt he needed to be a more moral person, so he set up a self-improvement plan based on thirteen virtues of moral perfection. He practiced one virtue for a week and then moved on to the next. Franklin created a little virtue book for himself in which he took notes on his progress and evaluated his success. He reports that he gave up on the plan after a time, but carried the little book with him for many years.

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