Of course, waiting patiently without taking action will bring us only despair. Benjamin Franklin was, without doubt, one of the most successful Americans in history based on his wide-ranging accomplishments. From his inventions to his writing and publishing skills to his political acumen, few had his breadth of success. Yet he also found plenty of time for the pleasures of life—as well documented. His great achievements in life came from his ceaseless, focused efforts, and the patience to remain steadfast until those efforts yielded the desire results.