What Scotland’s Susan Boyle Means For You and Me
Susan Boyle didn’t discover overnight that she could sing. She’s been doing it since grade school and she has sung locally for years — steps that obviously prepped the 47-year-old Scottish sensation to shine on Britain’s Got Talent with her stirring rendition of I Dreamed a Dream.
“I am happy the way I am, short and frumpy,” she told Entertainment Weekly.
Good for her. And great for people everywhere who were cheered by this Cinderella tale—coming as it does in the midst of a continuing recession, when the bright spots seem few and far between on everyone’s horizon.
As such, the YouTube video of Boyle went viral with nearly 70 million record-breaking downloads. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving woman.
Boyle’s five minutes of fame is bound to expand considerably with record, book, speaking and movie deals.
What happened to her is a reminder that it’s never too late in life to take a chance—even if on the surface your chances seem slim and people initially snicker, as Simon Cowell and the other judges did when Boyle took the stage.
Yes, the world can be a pretty shallow place and outward appearances count so much, but Boyle is obvious proof positive that not all books can be judged by their covers. That’s why not all rich, famous or successful people look as if they came from central casting.
Don’t let people’s preconceived notions hinder your dreams. If you’re terrified of taking the next step, of going for that brass ring, keep Susan Boyle’s story close to you. Watch her again on YouTube.
What seeds have you been planting that are now ready to blossom?
Pick up the phone and call someone you’ve been hoping to connect with. Send an email to people who should know what an asset you’d be to their organization. Attend an event where you’d normally be too intimated to go. Speak up to offer ideas and opinions when you’d otherwise remain silent.
You don’t have to take the stage in front of millions of people to sing your way to victory. Teeny steps along the way, done purposefully, will lead you there.