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... is a tribute to the resilience and power of the entrepreneurial spirit.
It is a story of society’s outcasts finding success through unconventional means.
Barnum is a lowly servant with big dreams working in a wealthy household. He gets a glimpse of the life he could live if he were to rise above his circumstances.
Barnum did not obsess over his daydreams but through hard work made his dream a reality.
Barnum’s original museum highlighted the spectacular and unbelievable marvels of the world. Unfortunately, none of these rarities was real.
His original museum relied on poor quality replicas of mermaids and other mythical phenomena, which were not appealing to consumers. But the l...
The entrepreneurial spirit is one of dedication and resilience.
A highbrow, snooty, and prominent theatre critic attends one of Barnum’s performances and writes a particularly nasty review. He dubs Barnum’s act a “circus”–which, at the time meant “a public scene of frenetic and n...
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