Paul Potts, unassuming cell phone salesman in the UK goes on one of those American Idol type TV talent shows, “Britain’s Got Talent”. It even has Simon Cowell on it.
Paul says he’s there to sing opera. In that Simon is a part of this show, I’m sort of expecting a blood bath. All the judges sort of have this look on their faces like they’re struggling to not roll their eyes and/or giggle amongst themselves.
“Confidence has always been sort of like a difficult thing for me.”
Did you see Simon go a little slack-jawed?
“All my life I’ve felt insignificant.”
Paul goes on to win the competition. (Click HERE to see his website.) Simon Cowell signed him. His album “One Chance” has sold a million copies. He credits his wife for getting him out there and for helping him get enough confidence to actually apply.
As the world says good-bye to a schoolteacher who couldn’t suppress his love of music, it says hello to a mobile phone salesman who somehow dug up the confidence to pursue HIS dream of opera. I think Pavarotti would have loved the story of Paul Potts.
One last thing…Paul did not quit his day job. He still sells mobile phones.