Believing in Yourself: I cried over the discovery of Paul Potts

This is when Paul Potts was discovered as part of Britain's Talent Search (like America's American Idol.) I have watched it twice and will watch it again.

I've never seen this but it is one of my very favorites and am adding it to my playlist of inspirational videos over at youtube.

He says that has a a problem with confidence. How many of us have this problem. How many of your students who don't “fit the part” are struggling for someone to discover their talent.

Your kids have talent. Look for it!

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Mthtchr2 June 1, 2008 - 11:51 am

Thank you for sharing!!! So many of my students (and my teachers) are afraid of failing that they just do not even attempt their endeavor!

I look forward to sharing!!!

Downes June 1, 2008 - 12:30 pm

The original Paul Potts video was released almost a year ago. Here it is:

It doesn’t have ‘champion’ branding (whatever that is) and it isn’t cut up and spliced with text messages.

And it’s a much better video.

The original, a BBC video, is brilliantly crafted and edited. The message is there, but it’s up to the viewer to see it.

The version you show here clubs you over the head with the message. Breaking up the video, repeating bits, destroying the integrity of the piece.

I say, run the original, and let the video speak for itself.

Louise Maine June 1, 2008 - 12:58 pm

I watched this after it happened on a news show and then again on Oprah last year. To see women in the audience crying was unbelievable as it is someone gifted to draw raw emotion through singing – in Latin no less. He may not have all the qualities of an opera singer, but he is able to pull the emotion out and that is the most important quality. That comes from somewhere deep in himself. I bought the CD after watching it.

So many students think they can make no difference.

Vicki A. Davis June 1, 2008 - 12:35 pm

@mthtchr2 – It is such a good one.

@downes – Thanks for the links, I had never heard of this (I guess I was the last one on the planet) nor did I know that there was an original video — thanks for pointing it out — I’ll have to go take a look at it. Thanks.

However the story is told, it is a beautiful story and I found his website and blog yesterday and just was amazed at his humility and talent. This story is amazing and we all need amazing stories! Wow!

Thanks for adding to the story line.

Benjamin Baxter June 1, 2008 - 9:49 pm

What you don’t see in that video is the years of hard work that he put in to get that good, or the amount of time he spent touring with an amateur opera group.

Sure, he’s inspirational. He’s also perspirational.

Benjamin Baxter June 1, 2008 - 9:55 pm

Oh, and I wrote about this guy back when our principal used it in a staff meeting, so this entry had caught my eye.

Jackie June 1, 2008 - 9:02 pm

My division head showed us the original video at the beginning of the school year – to remind us to search out our students’ talents.

Thank you for bringing the year full circle!

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