Susan Boyle

BMy quest is to explore people who succeeded later in life.  B is for Susan Boyle. Susan shot into the spotlight in 2009 at 41 by auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent.

Interesting facts:

–  Susan’s middle name is Magdalane which happens to be the name I took as my Spanish name in High School Spanish class.  She is born on April 1st which is the same birthday as my Great Aunt Katherine. She attended Edinburgh Acting School.  I have a degree in Theatre Performance.  She is Catholic.  So am I.  She is from Scotland – one of my favorite places on earth.  It is like we are twins.

— She was raised to believe she was deprived of oxygen during a difficult birth resulting in a learning disability.  However, recently she was told she was misdiagnosed and instead has Aspergers Syndrome with an above average IQ.

–  She was a victim of bullying for years at school.


– She appeared on Britain’s Got Talent airing April 11, 2009.  She received a standing ovation and was an instant YouTube sensation.  She came in 2nd on the show but went on to produce several highly-acclaimed albums.

My Take Away:

How many talented and amazing people do we miss out on seeing reach their potential because they don’t look the look or they don’t fit in a normal mold?  Bless this woman for bravely putting herself and her tremendous talent out there for the world to enjoy.  It is never too late.  She believed in herself and dreamed the dream.  If only we could all be so brave.

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6 thoughts on “Susan Boyle”

  1. I read your “B” post in my e-mail browser and decided to have another look at the audition she did. I do remember it from some time long ago and, just as the first time I saw it, it brought a lump to my throat. A brave woman who finally got what she deserved.
    Happy Easter and good luck with the challenge, Geoff.

  2. Thank you for your post! There are so many amazing people out there just waiting for the right opportunity to be discovered. And many more who might never be recognized for their talents! Coincidentally, I needed a Spanish name for my high school Spanish class as well. It was Juanita!
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