It's no secret that I love watching movies. And there are certain movies (The Greatest Showman and all of the Marvel movies) that I can watch over and over again. And since I love watching movies over and over again, I pick up the money lessons that stand out to me. So here are the biggest money lessons that I learned from the Greatest Showman.
If you've seen this movie, then you know it's about PT Barnum who went from rags to riches back to rags and then to riches again. But he had quite the story to get there too.
PT Barnum was born as the tailor's boy. At a very young age, he lost his mother. Then as a teenager, he lost his father and became homeless. But he knew how to dream and find the opportunity that was always in front of him. When he lost his job because the company ships had sunk, he took the deeds to the ships and used them to get a bank loan that allowed him to start the museum and buy a house for his family.
Anne Wheeler was a colored woman in the circus. She was taught that she couldn't have the life she really wanted to have because she was colored. Then she fell in love with a white man. And she still couldn't have what she wanted because she was different. But in the end, love persevered and being different is okay.
Phillip Carlyle was born into a rich family, but that family dictated who he had to be. PT got him to join him in the circus as an apprentice and leave his family dramas behind. At first Phillip didn't think he could do that, but then gave in and joined PT. And in the end he found a family who loved him for exactly who he was, warts and all.
Conclusion: It doesn't matter who you, who you were born to be or what society says you have to be. The decision to be great is always your choice. And only you can make that choice. No one else can make it for you.
"The greedier you are, the faster money stops flowing." One of the money lessons from The Greatest Showman movie.
This is a continuation of lesson 2. Growing up, PT never used to care what anyone thought of him. When he was with his father when he was tailoring Charity's father's suit, he was just being himself and he impressed Charity then. When he lost his father, a person who was different gave him food to eat because he was hungry and got caught stealing a loaf of bread. He didn't care. But after he started the circus, he was trying to impress his wife and his daughters. And even the people who looked down on him when he was growing up. And it was during this time that he was trying to impress everyone else, instead of just believing in himself and what he had built, that everything just fell apart. Jenny Lind quit. The bank repossessed the house he bought. The circus building burnt down. Phillip almost died in the fire.
But in the end, it all came down to just being a family and seeing each person for exactly who they are. That is the real magic.
Conclusion: The magic is always inside you. You just have to trust and believe that it's there and always working.
In the end, you can be the richest man in the world, or the poorest. It all comes back to what and who you believe in, for whether success is yours or not.
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Clarissa Wilson is a financial strategist and online educator who holds two master’s degrees in Forensic Accounting. Also creative and spiritual, she is an intuitive empath and introvert. Clarissa is the host of The Prosper + Profit Podcast, where money conversations occur on a daily basis -- as she believes that money shouldn’t be a taboo subject. After growing up on a dairy farmand learning to work hard for money, Clarissa awakened to a path that allowed wealth to flow easily to her. Clarissa currently lives in Pennsylvania with her two cats.