The Biography of Benjamin Franklin had a huge impact on my life. He was one of the original list makers before lists became so popular. He had a list of 13 virtues he worked on during a period in his life. I diligently listed those virtues in a notebook, and worked on a different virtue every week. It made me aware of what it takes to lead a successful life. These "virtues" dovetailed with my parents philosophy of life and reinforced their shining example.