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The way to wealth...depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality; that is, waste neither time nor money.

Ben Franklin's personal ideas about economy helped to shape our country's economy. We are lucky that they did because Franklin believed that the only true way to wealth was through hard work. This noble idea became the soul of the "American Dream," the idea that all people are created equal and each person has the same opportunity to achieve success.

Ben used his printing skills to print paper money, helping to establish the paper currency system in America. Today, we honor Ben's contribution to the economy every time we use a $100 bill: Ben's face appears on it.

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