3 Lessons I Learned from The Greatest Showman Movie


Have you watched The Greatest Showman?  The movie is starring Hugh Jackman sans the metal in his arms. The story is inspired by the life of  Phineas Taylor Barnum who founded the  Barnum’s American Museum and Barnum and Bailey Circus. He eventually sold it  to the Ringling Brothers  who merged  their  own show with it and became known as the Greatest Show  on Earth.


While the movie may have some cinematic license when it comes to certain details, there were lessons to learn from the movie as presented.

     1. P.T. Barnum’s dreams came true because he was passionate.  He knows what he          wanted and he pursued it relentlessly.  He was adamant despite obstacles and                downfalls. He was fired by his purpose.  If you are a start up like him, the same              passion he had becomes a fuel to pursue your future and make it happen.

2. He knew his audience and delivered what they clamor for.  He knew people are               by  nature are curious and he gave them what they seek  for.  His show became             relevant  to his audience because they were answers to their natural curiosity.  If             you are a start up, it pays to know the customer and respond to their needs.


3. He tried his best to make a life not just a living.  He may not have realized it                    earlier, but certainly in the end, he knew its not just about making a living. In                   planning your start up, have your big picture to include a life that makes your heart         smile.

How about you, any more insights from the movie?

Where To From Here?

Road Ahead

Finally, I will have the luxury of sleep and long, relaxing showers!  This was my first happy thought after finishing residency.  A few more days into  it, things began to sink in.

So,  “where to from here”?


During training, it was  hard to think about  how things will be post –residency or fellowship. There are   calls to answer, patients to see ,  books to read  and cases to present.


I was in my last few days into finishing when a generous consultant gave a few tips on how  to get started. I was so grateful  and felt lucky that I have something to start with.  I told her, “it’s a good thing I am learning this now.” She told me  “you should have thought about all these on  day 1 of your training!”


Well, if the best time was years back, the next best time is now.


When the jolt of  being  “jobless” finally came, many questions started to crowd my now fully rested but almost dormant brain. I thought it was the end of the line. Okay, time to find a place, set up clinic, put up a signage and wait for patients to come.


But, if I were to be part of the hospital, shouldn’t I consider another two to three years of study?  Our department was growing and they needed a lot of subspecialists. We were prompted to go for further training. Should I take this option?


At the same time I was thinking, I have a son to raise. Maybe I should start to practice now.


I did applied for subspecialty but was lucky to snap out of it right in the middle of my interview. See my story.


When I finally decided to start, there were more questions. Where do I practice? What is the best time to hold clinic? How much do I need? As a I get one question answered, another one pops up. 


Wait! It can’t be this way. I seem to be doing a lot of things and yet I felt uncertain. Rather busy but uneasy about how things are going. I felt like I was just grabbing whatever comes my way.


I sat and got a piece of paper. I divided the paper into two: One column says LIKE, the other column says I DON’T LIKE. I started to scribble…I like to do other things other than seeing patients….I don’t like to hold clinic all day…I like  to have ME time…I like to work around my son’s schedule…I don’t like …etc. What seems like cobwebs hanging over my head started to clear up.


I realized that if I were to be happy doing this for the rest of my life, I have to really think about it.  And so I set out to plan.


“If you don’t have a plan for yourself, you’ll be part of someone else’s.” ß Didn’t want this to happen!


Set up your practice for success.  Take time to plan.

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