The Greatest Showman: Lessons in Life and Work (Part 1 of 3)
I recently had the opportunity to see the movie, “The Greatest Showman”. I’m adding it to my list of all-time favorites. It was funny. It was touching. It was very insightful!
One theme that carried throughout the movie was P.T. Barnum’s drive for success. You know these people. Maybe you’re one of these people. Without these driven people, our world would be a much poorer place. On the other hand, every strength has a limitation. Barnum’s drive for success was inwardly focused (self-serving) and based on a set of extrinsic motivators. That’s not a good recipe for long-term success and satisfaction. Throughout his journey, he forgot about people who brought him his initial success. That brought on a downward spiral of events that tore his world apart. For those who have yet to see the movie, don’t worry. There is a happy ending!
He fell into the same trap as many of us.
”If only I could get that, I would be happy.”
But having attained “that”, happiness was still elusive. “That” was based on a set of extrinsic motivators that he’d find would never be enough. He appeared to “trade up” in his relationships, trying to reach a level of status and position that would bring his desired satisfaction. It never gave his desired results.