Cultivating Your Character

Pursuing Benjamin Franklin’s Keys for Excellence

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About the Book

Cultivating Your Character

Are you looking for more peace in your life? Do you wonder how you can develop the habits and character traits that will teach you when to say, “No” to energy-draining activities and “Yes” to becoming the person you’ve always longed to be?

Then Cultivating Your Character is the perfect guide for you on your path to greater self-esteem, success, leadership, excellence, and life-changing new habits.

Deanna Becket takes her readers on an incredible journey that builds on Benjamin Franklin’s thirteen virtues that he developed weekly as habits to build his personal character. By focusing on one character virtue each week and regularly reviewing his progress, Franklin developed lifelong habits for his success. Who better than Benjamin Franklin to learn from? And with author and life coach Deanna Becket’s help, you can enjoy the same success in whatever your goals are.

By exploring these thirteen character virtues, you’ll learn how to:
Reduce stress and live a simpler life
Develop strength in times of adversity
Keep your word in relation to your responsibilities
Let the little things go to focus on what really matters
Choose joy in your thoughts and your words
Change your communication strategies for the better
Cultivate your faith to carry you through any crisis
Listen to the silent voice inside you that knows best

Get ready to enhance your goals, dreams, business, beliefs, family relationships, and more. Dig deep, like the cultivator in the dirt, to sharpen your skills and grow your future.


About the Author

Born and raised in the prairie state of North Dakota, Deanna learned the importance of hard work, fun, and friends.  Her social life was highest importance to her in high school and college, however, it also led down a path of bad habits and choices.

Partying and chasing boys in college led her to make poor relationship choices.  Deanna had a baby on her own at age 19 and chose to give her baby girl up for adoption to a family who could not have children.  The full story is in Chapter 2 of Cultivating Your Character.

After those months of hard choices, it took many years of more poor relationships before she would make some turnarounds.

She met Chris, future husband, after moving to the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1995.  They married in 1996 and choose to have children.  God blessed them with two a few years later.  When the kids with little, Deanna started reading growth and development books, listening to Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer, and attending Bible Study Fellowship.

When she and Chris chose to turn off the television after 9/11/01, her reading, learning, growing, and muturing intensified.  Without the TV, the quiet time quadrupled.  There was much more time to think, read, and read to the kids.

They chose to homeschool their children early on.  Deanna had the preschool registration completed and ready to hand in with a check, when she met another  mom who homeschooled  and noticed that she wanted that for her family.

Deanna prides herself in maintaining PEACE in her daily living:

  • Peace in finances,
  • in decisions,
  • of mind,
  • And peace in every part of life

It was a choice made to focus on for one year.  Now it is a lifestyle.

Her wish is for you to choose life.  Choose PEACE.  Seek and run after it until it overtakes you.

Deanna Becket speaking on Habits

Praise for Cultivating Your Character


“Great stories of grits, guts, and grace! I was inspired and challenged to step up my game in my business and personal life and continue pursuing my inner truth to serve others in need.”

– Nicole Gabriel, Author of Finding Your Inner Truth


“If you are ready to begin your personal development journey, Cultivating your Character should be the first book on your list.”

–Michael O’Brien, Real Estate Broker & Author of Fearing Nothing: Overcoming Anxiety, Panic Attacks, OCD, PTSD, Phobias, Shyness and Depression