Wednesday, April 7, 2010


"When Susan Boyle took the stage to audition for 'Britain's Got Talent', the judges & many in the audience snickered & rolled their eyes as the frumpy, middle-aged Scottish church volunteer shared her dream of becoming a professional singer.

But when she opened her mouth to sing 'I Dreamed a Dream' - a ballad from the treasured musical 'Les Miserables' - angels soared, jaws dropped, judges let out audible gasps, & hundreds in the audience stood to applaud & roared their approval as she sang her dream into reality.

She ended up second in the competition but first in the hearts of many new fans around the world.

On one day April 2009, Susan's hidden gift & dream exploded onto the world stage.

Within hours, YouTube postings of her performance had more than 20 million approving viewers.

Her 'Britain's Got Talent' videos were the most watched YouTube videos in 2009, attracting more than 120 million viewers worldwide, more than the next top three most-watched YouTube videos combined.

Millions were brought to tears merely watching her performance. Many have focused on the need to not judge a book by its covers.

That is a valuable lesson, but more important, you should never let your gifts & your dreams die within you.

Never forget that authentic gifts & empowering dreams produce amazing performances when unleashed.

Optimism is born when attitude, skills & opportunity come together at the right time to deliver excellence."

[Extracted from 'The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes & Actions into Results', by psychologist Terry Paulson;]

[For me, the lesson key to the foregoing Susan Boyle story is 'Follow Your Bliss', an apt phrase, which I had picked up from an unforgettable training session with the legendary Jim Channon in Kona, Hawaii, during the early nineties, even though the powerful phrase was often attributed to the great American mystic Joseph Campbell.

Readers can go to this link to read an excellent & extensive write-up on 'How to Follow Your Bliss: A Step-by-Step Guide';]

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