Even if you did not watch this week’s episode of Britain’s Got Talent, you are probably familiar with the most recent discovery of the teenage operatic duo known as Jonathan & Charlotte. Posted on March 24, the official video has already exceeded 3.7 million views. Why all the rage?
Their performance took everyone by surprise. These two were not your stereotypical operatic singers by outward appearance to say the least. Infamously critical, Simon Cowell muttered under his breath, “Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse” as the couple made their way to central stage.
See for yourself:
After working with emerging leaders for a few years, I have come to believe this firmly:
Everyone deserves a chance.
Some thoughts about working with raw talent:
Talent comes from all backgrounds.
Did you know Colin Powell was born in Harlem?
Skills come despite adversity and criticism.
As an elementary student, Micahel was told to stop pursuing sports and go after math because, “that’s where the money is.” What if Michael Jordan had listened?
Some talent must be teased out.
Without Charlotte and his music teacher, Jonathan would not have put himself out there. Insecurity is just one of dozens of reasons people do not put themselves out there. Your words can trample up-and-comers or propel them to greatness.
Amazing is wrapped in unsuspecting packages.
I can’t think of any better example than Jonathan and Charlotte. There lives changed when they began singing.
Before you write someone off because of they do not fit the mold, put yourselves in their shoes. Remember that time in your life when you wanted so badly just to be given a chance to prove yourself.
Just like Simon, you may be pleasantly surprised.