How To Live a Long and Useful Life (The Wisdom of Ben Franklin) With Eric Weiner

Did you know Ben Franklin was an extensive traveler for his time? 

Today, I’m joined by New York Times bestselling author Eric Weiner to talk about his new, incredibly unconventional biography, Ben & Me: In Search of a Founder’s Formula for a Long and Useful Life,  a guide for living and thinking well.

We talk about Eric’s unique way of weaving travel into his writing, explore the life and wisdom of Ben Franklin, and share concrete takeaways you can use to enhance your own life and travels. You’ll hear about Eric’s three keys to living, thinking, and aging well, what it means to live a useful life, the importance of curiosity, and the benefits of being what he calls a “genuine fake.” We also touch on Ben’s flaws and the lessons we can learn from them.

What insights stood out to you the most? I’d love to hear them, and I hope you’ll share by sending me an audio message.


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Tune In To Learn:

  • What it was like having his book turned into a docuseries
  • His unique approach to blending history, travel, and philosophy into his books
  • The unknown side of Ben Franklin: Traveler Ben, Buddha Ben, and more
  • Why we should take humor more seriously 
  • A different perspective on authenticity and how it relates to travel
  • The importance of having the willingness to change your mind
  • The biggest lessons we should all take from Ben
  • How to live a fulfilling life and power questions to ponder
  • How Ben’s life can change your attitude toward aging
  • The messy process of writing and how Eric develops his books
  • And so much more


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