Is it too late to succeed in life

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Do you think that its too late for you to succeed?

Do you believe that you can't bypass the many obstacles you are facing in life?
Do you think that success in life is not possible anymore?
Do you think that its too late for you to reach your goals?

If you answered any of these questions with yes then listen to this true story because it will let you discover many things that you weren't aware of about life. Susan Boyle was born with mild brain damage due to a mistake that the doctor made during her birth.

During her early years she developed love for music but because of her not so attractive looks she was discouraged by many people around her.

Her family was facing financial difficulties and this added more to the burden she was carrying. In 1995 she went to an audition for a talent show that was popular in the UK but she got rejected.

Susan kept holding on to her dream of becoming a popular singer but two years later her father passed away then then few years later her sister died as well. Even though she was going through all of this mess she just kept holding on to her dream and she didn't give up.

Holding on to the dream

in 2007 Susan's mother, the one who was giving her all the support in the world, passed away as well and she found herself alone in the world. After this event Susan gave up on singing and backed off in her little house.

After years of suffering Susan decided to start fighting again for her dream and to join the Britain's got talent show, one of the most famous shows that used to discover British singers at that time.

Believing that she would never make it because of her looks and because she already crossed forty she almost had no hope in becoming a popular singer but she just kept fighting.

Here is what happened exactly when Susan got onto the stage after more than 30 years of struggling:


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Few days after this performance this video became one of the most watched videos on YouTube. Susan became extremely famous overnight, her first album "i dreamed a dream" became a best seller in the UK and topped the charts in the united states.

She made 5 million sterling as a result of selling her first album then she released the second and the third which became very successful as well. In 2012 Susan's net worth was estimated to be around 22 million sterling. End of the story

Precious lessons to learn from Susan's story

  • 1) The truly disabled: The truly disabled person is the one who have a good health, no physical disabilities yet he doesn't fight for his goals because he believes he can't reach them. Susan isn't disabled, any person who lost hope to fight for his goals is
  • 2) Respect is earned: Did you notice how the guy in the jury was sarcastic when he was asking Susan questions? did you see how the audience were laughing at her? Now after she performed, did you notice that most of the audience stood up for her? Respect is earned & bullies can be silenced the same way
  • 3) There is always hope: Susan was physically disabled, bullied, rejected everywhere and even worse she lost all of her family members one by one yet she managed to keep going and she did it. There is always hope and nothing is impossible
  • 4) Its never too late: Susan started singing when she was 12 but she only became well recognized when she became 47. Its never late to pursue your dreams. You can always start anytime and get what you want but you have to keep trying and to never give up (see I am too old to start over)
  • 5) Never Stop trying: What if Susan never made it to British got talent? What if she never showed up because of believing that she will get rejected. If she had given up we would have never heard of her and she would have died miserably. Don't give up no matter what happens.

Here is a part of the lyrics of the song Susan was singing

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high and life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I prayed that God would be forgiving

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hopes apart
And they turn your dream to shame

Don't let no one turn your dream to shame. Fight for what you want and make your dreams come true.

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