Just over a month ago the world was introduced to the woman who auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent. Traditionally it is believed that contestants on talent shows like these must be young, vibrant, talented and desperate for that huge break. So when this mature woman whose lifelong dream is to become a professional singer walks on stage you can imagine the shock.
The shock and the feeling of disrespect were expressed to her as she began to speak. The disrespect not only came from the audience but in some part expressed by the judges. For some, the nervousness of thousands of people in an audience would scare them. However, she had the courage to ignore all the forces that would hinder her to succeed and give the best rendition of the rehearsed song.
The huge task for most of us is to find our purpose, our rightful place and duties. Susan did not attempt poetry, she did singing. That is the hardest thing for most persons, to identify what you were cut out to do and pursue that which you were made to do. Individuals sometimes take years finding their purpose but when it is found no one can deny the talent. For most of us, we can find it easily but for some it might take a lifetime.
One factor that one cannot ignore is the determination and drive that one has to have. So many times, we let friends, families even our competition deny us of what is rightfully ours because of our fears. But fears only keep us from accomplishing our dreams. In this world, there are so many distractions, the critic whose joy is to tear down, the fans who keep encouraging and is expecting you to defy the odds.
But at the end of the day what decision did you make. Did you make a decision that will secure your future, or you made a decision to satisfy the critics who just want to see you go down. Susan Boyle may be the next huge star but of course there are lessons that can be learnt.
Preparing yourself for the next big thing may just be the opportunity that is coming your way. Of course being ready for the ride will determine how successful you will be. You may never win the race and Susan Boyle did not. She was placed second. Losing with grace and knowing you are a winner yourself makes you appealing and audiences will always respect and look up to stars who express this.
However, she clearly knew how to play the game and that just might have made her the bigger star after the game.