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POSTED: April 29, 2009 10:07 a.m.
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Susan Boyle

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We can all learn a lesson from Susan Boyle.
In case the name doesn’t ring a bell, Boyle is the Scottish woman who wowed the world when she appeared on a United Kingdom’s “Britains Got Talent.” The middle aged woman wasn’t exactly dressed for success and looked so plain the audience, as well as the judges, rolled their eyes and laughed when she proudly proclaimed I want to be a professional singer.
When Boyle opened her mouth and the first few notes of “I Dream a Dream’” from Les Miserables came out, doubters went wild, giving her a standing ovation several times during her performance.
Boyle wasn’t taken serious because of the way she looked, she didn’t fit the mold of what a talented person should look like.
I’ve watched the clip dozens of times on youtube.com where it has logged more than 20 million hits. I still get misty eyed as I watch this women who, according to media reports, has been ridiculed all her life for not being glamorous and something of an oddball.
If there is one thing I have learned watching the seven-minute video is that there are plenty of Boyles around us. They come in all shapes and sizes, they’re black or white. Some are quick on their feet, while there are those who need their fingers to count above 10.
Boyle taught the world you can’t judge a book by its cover, and that’s what has made this unlikely superstar of a woman transformed from an ugly duckling into a swan, proving talent is also more than skin deep.
I have learned humility  from this woman, whom I never met and probably never will. I’ve also seen in her that, if given a chance, everyone can be a winner, or at least finish in a decent time.
Watch the clip, its free, every search engine on the Web jumps right too it now and the message will stay with you.
 

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