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Why We Should All Be A Little More Like P.T. Barnum

Phineas Taylor Barnum lived for 80 years making a living off lying, and this is why you should aspire to be just like him.

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He began his career young, selling lottery tickets and cherry rum to soldiers from the age of 12.
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He began his career young, selling lottery tickets and cherry rum to soldiers from the age of 12.

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From this money he opened his own shop and launched his own newspaper 'Herald of Freedom'.
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From this money he opened his own shop and launched his own newspaper 'Herald of Freedom'.

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After losing his income due to his lottery being banned he moved to New York and opened a museum and theatre to display the weird and the wonderful.
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After losing his income due to his lottery being banned he moved to New York and opened a museum and theatre to display the weird and the wonderful.

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He paid and treated his staff well. Some of his staff made $1000 to be displayed as oddities in his museum.
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He paid and treated his staff well. Some of his staff made $1000 to be displayed as oddities in his museum.

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He was an advocate of equal rights. He spoke up about the rights of african americans and paid people highly for their services where other people may have treated them badly due to their difference.
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He was an advocate of equal rights. He spoke up about the rights of african americans and paid people highly for their services where other people may have treated them badly due to their difference.

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He was also a politician, working as a legislator and became mayor of Bridgeport Connecticut for a while.
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He was also a politician, working as a legislator and became mayor of Bridgeport Connecticut for a while.

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He changed America's view on the theatre, making it a place of learning.
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He changed America's view on the theatre, making it a place of learning.

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He didn't let age stop him, beginning his circus at the age of 60 after a fire in his museum severely damaged his prospects.
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He didn't let age stop him, beginning his circus at the age of 60 after a fire in his museum severely damaged his prospects.

He never gave up, at every let down he kept pursuing. Today his circus still goes on as Ringling Bros. Barnum and bailey circus.

P.S. There is no evidence of him coining the phrase 'there's a sucker born every minute'. He highly valued his audience and it is believed that a rival said it as they watched the queues outside his show.

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