Heart Heroes – Paul Potts

This is the first in a weekly or maybe biweekly profile of “Heart Heroes,” people (men and women) who embody open-heartedness in a way that’s moved and inspired me.

The Paul Potts story is one I love.  I found this clip a few years ago, and I watch it from time to time when I need a little pick me up, or when I’m feeling the air rush out of my dreams, having hit another temporary roadblock.

He was a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent in 2007, and his audition brings me to tears each time I watch. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Potts) A timid-looking man, he stands on stage a little apologetically and announces to the judges that he’ll be singing opera.  The judges share a few critical, knowing expressions before they cue him to begin.  You’re hoping against hope that he’s going to change their minds, and then he sings and you see a new person on stage.  You have to watch the clip below, I don’t think I can do it justice in recapping here…

What I love most is that no matter the fear, the anxiety, the self-doubt he may be feeling he holds on to his truth.  He owns it. It’s his dream to be an opera singer.  And you see it as he performs, it makes perfect sense.  Watching him live it on stage, and changing the minds of the doubtful judgest – you see yes, that is his truth.  Love this!

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