This is but a short glance at a theory, a thought, on a key of Benjamin Franklin’s prolific ability to create and do.
For those striving to be more productive, seeing the practical steps of his path is a helpful endeavor.
Having lots of eggs in lots of baskets is often frowned on. And yet Franklin was a polymath.
If you are unfamiliar with Polymathy this great “defense of polymaths” in Harvard Business Review is a good read – https://hbr.org/2012/05/in-defense-of-polymaths
It’s my theory that his wide range of interests and pursuits, rather than hurting his productivity, lent to his ability to accomplish tasks in ways that a person in only one field would not think to. In other words, to borrow the phrase from Kuhn’s Scientific Revolutions, he was an out-of -the-box thinker in the way he approached solving problems and getting things done.
To put it another way, – he leveraged the power of The Link
At the same time, none of that would have helped him if he did not possess another equally important skill:
In Franklin’s Autobiography he outlines his method of “self improvement” that he calls “Art of Virtue”.
Good self management helped him to push to exceptional levels of output in a wide range of roles/fields. Indeed, He accomplished, in multiple fields, achievements that many would be happy if only they could attain to in just one field over the course of a lifetime.