I love this audition by 37-year-old Jamie Pugh for Britain’s Got Talent. He’s a regular Joe, driving a van for a warehouse three days a week and delivering pizza at night. His singing didn’t do that much for me, but what impressed me and touched me was his courage in facing his “crippling stage fright” and performing in front of a live audience and the three judges.
I got teary-eyed watching Jamie struggled to keep his composure while the audience and judges lavished praise on him. Simon Cowell said it perfectly:
I know how important the last three minutes were to your life. And to get the reaction you just got from this audience must be unbelievable. It’s people like you, is the reason that we come to Wales every year, because we like to find special, special talents. You know what, we may have just found one.
I think most of us can relate to the terror that often comes with pursuing your dreams, especially if that requires appearing in public. On one hand, we’d do anything to avoid that stress; on the other hand, we wouldn’t be able to live with ourselves if we didn’t do what we knew we had to do.
Ignore your calling long enough and it will eventually surface as a need. Jamie Pugh needed to do this or he would never again know true peace. Ignore the voice within that calls to you and points the way, and you will drift away from your authentic self. You will not only deprive yourself, you will deprive the world of the contributions you came here to make.
Alas, Jamie did not fare as well in the semifinal heat on Monday, May 25, and was eliminated from the competition.
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?
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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.
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