I got chills the first time I watched Paul Potts‘ audition for the 2007 edition of Britain’s Got Talent. I still do. What added to the power of his performance was his ordinariness. Here he was, a mobile phone salesman, living a nondescript, average life. Then, BOOM!, he’s a household name, a YouTube sensation and an international singing sensation.
Who doesn’t love a good Horatio Alger rags-to-riches story when the recipient is a humble, insecure, down-to-earth guy who happens to be blessed with an amazing talent?
As soon as Paul starts to sing, he lays bare his soul, and every last drop of beauty, joy, longing, passion and hurt he’s ever experienced rushes forth in a torrent. I don’t know of many people who have watched his audition without getting a bit emotional.
Oh, by the way, he won the contest. Go, Paul!
UPDATE: Two years later, Susan Boyle wowed the same judges on Britain’s Got Talent in the same way that Paul did. Just like Paul, Susan was frumpy and ordinary . . . until she began to sing. We never know what kind of magic is inside someone until they choose to share it with the world.
A year after Paul’s audition, Neal E. Boyd blew away the judges on America’s Got Talent just as Paul did by singing the aria Nessun Dorma. Like Paul, Neal won the contest!
Click here to view the best acts from The X Factor, America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent.
ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier
Through God’s Eyes won first place in the “Spirituality and Inspirational” category at the San Diego Book Awards on June 22, 2013.
Here is a two-minute video introduction to Through God’s Eyes.
• an overview of the book
• the complete table of contents
• the Foreword by Caroline Myss
• my Introduction
• chapter excerpts
• a sample end-of-chapter story
• endorsements from authors and thought leaders
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Phil’s eBook, The Logic of Living a Spiritual Life: Supporting a Life of Faith Through Logic and Reason, is now available for 99 cents on Amazon.
Order it at GodIsLogical.com.
In this eBook, you’ll find answers to questions like:
• What is the cornerstone of a spiritual life, and why?
• What is the secret to liberating yourself from other people’s judgments and expectations?
• Why is there an exception to “Everything happens for a reason”?
Those who worship logic instead of God are only half right. Not only is it logical to believe in God and to live a faith-based life, the existence of a loving, benevolent God that governs all creation is perhaps the only systematic worldview that explains every aspect of life.
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.