If you believe, anything is possible …
That’s the tagline on the DVD case for One Chance, a film I watched recently and loved. It’s based on the true story of Paul Potts – a Welsh opera singer that seemingly came from nowhere to win the first series of Britain’s Got Talent. His story is an inspiring one. Paul grew up in a small Welsh town, bullied by kids for loving opera but he clung to his surprising talent despite the ridicule and seemed to be on the verge of success when he made enough money to go to an opera school in Italy and meet his idol Pavarotti but his nerves failed him and his dreams came crashing down. I won’t spoil the plot for you but everything that could do wrong for Paul seemed to but his passion for music carried him through and when he finally got to the BGT stage, everything finally fell into place.
The film itself is great, I loved the cast and it was funny and utilmately feel-good. I’m sure some events were changed for the film but it was still a hugely inspirational tale about not letting failures stop you from striving for success. It’s noticeable how many successful people have a less than perfect start and don’t have an easy ride to the top. I always assumed a lot of the people who win reality TV shows don’t have such tough rides, it seems like an easier road for them so it was interesting to see how one such winner had struggled before getting that yes from Simon Cowell on the show.
You don’t always get to see the journey someone took before their dream came true.
I was moved by the film and the real story behind it and was definitely reminded that you don’t always know the struggles people go through when you read about success. Everyone has a different journey in life and that’s okay. If you have a dream, keep going and don’t give up because your day will come.
What real-life success stories have inspired you?