Some years ago, an unknown, homely spinster stepped onto the stage of Britain’s Got Talent. Her awkward personality didn’t help the audience expect anything amazing from this quirky, unattractive woman. And when she confessed her inner dream to sing like Elaine Page (please tell me I’m not the only one who had to look up Elaine Page on Youtube!), everyone laughed at her.
Until, that is, she sang her first note.
No one would have ever guessed that underneath the cheeky, socially-awkward demeanor was a voice so stunning that she would receive a standing ovation and become a world sensation. By now, most people have at least heard the name Susan Boyle even if they’ve not heard her sing. (You can see her “I Dreamed A Dream” debut here.)
I don’t think it was Ms. Boyle’s singing talent alone that got everyone’s attention. I think what really drew people to her was the possibility that perhaps they, too, had a dormant inner talent just waiting to bloom. [Read more…]