Susan Boyle, Surprise, Inspiration

Occasionally I drift from higher education marketing, but this video, which I found by accident (I know, there are no accidents), changed my whole night.  I watched it four times, and it brought tears to my eyes each time.


It’s a Cinderella story.

It reminds us never to judge the book by the cover.

It reminds us that there is incredible beauty in humans when they are given a chance.

It underscores again that content beats flash.

It totally upends our society’s superficial definition of beauty.

I suspect Susan was allowed to audition as a comic element to be derided.

Man, did she fool everyone.  She conquered.

She showed us that being ourselves is the most magical gift of all.

I’m sharing the full version.  Shut the world out and watch.  You won’t regret it.

I’ve shared my thoughts and feelings with you. Watch it and share your thoughts with me.

Oh, and after you’ve watched it for the emotional content, go back and watch how they assembled and edited this video to create an entire movie in a mere seven minutes!


6 responses to “Susan Boyle, Surprise, Inspiration

  1. What I loved most about this video:
    — The love that surrounded this woman when she opened her mouth.
    — The courage of a middle-aged woman who damned well knows why she’s never been kissed and yet decided to go toe-to-toe with a bunch of twenty-or-less-somethings because she knows she can SING.
    — The awkward humility of the judges in trying to honestly express the feelings she aroused in them.
    — The fact that, as of 4/15, 8 million people have watched this video on YouTube.
    — That it moved my boyfriend to tears.

  2. I saw this last week and was mesmerized. What a great story.

  3. Personally, I am uncomfortable with the news stories of this lady who *surprise* doesn’t look like a 16-year-old supermodel and can sing. It’s so patronizing. She has to realize no one would be interested in her singing if she looked like a model (pretty girls who sing are expected, whereas she’s the unexpected). It’s like the unsaid subtext of every news story is “Look, an ugly woman can sing! How can this be?!” I think that’s very hurtful to her.

  4. The lady def. has some talents 🙂 they should just declare her the winner 🙂 cheers from the UK.

  5. I have been at a conference #CASECMT all day – I am tired, and I have to get up at 4:15 and for whatever reason I saw this post and clicked on it and watched the video and it held me for all 7 minutes with a tear in my eye.

  6. I loved this story and have shared it with family and friends. Her singing lifted my soul. I was embarrassed by the panel’s behavior — a lesser woman would have run away in embarrassment. (I realize this is TV, but too often I believe it happens in the real world.) I think the moral of the story is that EVERYONE has gifts, whether they come in pretty packages or not, and deserves to be treated with respect.

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