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I was flipping the television channels the other day and stopped at the station showing the movie, “The Greatest Showman”.  The movie starred Hugh Jackman, portraying PT Barnum, the famous American showman and businessman, as well as founder of the famous “Barnum and Baily Circus”.

According to all reports, Barnum was quite the character and he had as many business failures as successes.  Barnum also had some notable quotes and I have selected several of them that have pertinence to the weight control field.  Here goes:

“The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness. A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he is sick.”

Barnum nailed this correctly:  When we focus on our weight control and achieve success, this will position us with much better health, providing us the opportunity to then focus on our business pursuits.

“There’s a sucker born every minute.”

Barnum was obviously referring to people that see advertisements for “miracle weight loss supplements” or other approaches to weight loss that make this seem easy AND spend $$$ purchasing these “incredible” treatments for weight control.  LOTS of money is lost every year by people being “sucked in” by false advertising.  Weight control requires lots of work, focus and effort…there are no “miracle” solutions.

“The noblest art is that of making others happy”

We all strive to make our family and friends happy.  When we maintain our own good health, we are much better positioned to attend to our loved ones’ happiness.  Staying steadfast and focused on our own weight control efforts will improve/maintain our health allowing us to participate in the “noble art” of making others happy.

So, thank you PT Barnum for inspiring this entry.  I am certain you are the ringleader of that circus in the sky