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The Story of Susan Boyle That Teaches Us to Never Judge a Book by Its Cover

There is a huge benefit of a Cinderella story, according to psychologists. They say, it makes people treat difficulties as something that will pass and that there’s an “after” you can always believe in. Today’s heroine is a living embodiment of finding her own happy ending after she had a pretty tough life. Despite all naysayers and non-believers, Susan Boyle made it to the top of fame, and proved that you need to believe in your dream no matter what life brings you on a plate.

Here at Bright Side, we love to tell about people who make us all keep our chin up by their example. Today, we want you to dive into the real story of Susan Boyle, who can be our living motivator in our everyday struggles.

1. Susan’s tough childhood only made her stronger.

Susan was the youngest of 9 children in a family of Irish immigrant parents in Scotland. She grew up in pretty tough conditions, and her life wasn’t very easy from the beginning.

She revealed that she was quite lonely at school. The only escape from it was creating her own imaginary world, and this is when her artistic talent was born. In an interview, she said, “When I got older, all that changed to music. Music was very much an escape.”

2. Even on her winning day, Susan was met with skepticism.

Susan became a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent after a big loss in her life. “I had just lost my mum and I had nothing to look forward to, so I have no doubt it was a blessing,” said Susan in her interview. When she entered the stage, all the judges, including Simon Cowell, as well as the audience, were misled by her non-glamorous appearance.

Later, in his interview, Simon Cowell would say, “I can remember vividly how disgusting I was on the day, before you sang — and then what you did, and what happened afterward.”

3. Her first public song conquered the hearts of many.

Susan’s instant fame came right at the moment she opened her mouth to sing on Britain’s Got Talent. The reaction of the audience, as well as the judges, was literally “an open mouth.” And the next day, Susan woke up famous.

Today, her trophy count stands at 7 studio albums and 13 singles. She’s successful and popular both in the UK and US, and her name is now strongly associated with the saying that you should never judge a book by its cover. Susan also has 3 Guinness World Records, and one of them is for the fastest-selling album by a female in the UK.

4. The singer remains very modest about her thunder-like success.

In her interview with The Sunday Post, Susan expressed her deep relief that things are no longer as frightening as they were at the beginning of her career. She doesn’t regret that she didn’t try making a career earlier, and she honestly believes that there’s a right place and right time for a good thing in life to happen.

“I’m not your typical glamorous person, but I get there,” says Susan about herself. She wants to be a role model for people who hesitate about their abilities to achieve something in their life. She says, “They look at me and say, ‘Maybe I can do it as well, I’ll give it a go too.’”

5. Susan keeps breaking stereotypes, and it’s not only about her appearance.

In 2012 the singer revealed that she was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Her doctor said that she has an above average IQ. Susan confessed that she was relieved when she heard her diagnosis, because she had always been feeling different.

“I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me,” Susan said. She now has a clearer understanding about herself and accepts herself happily.

What were your feelings when you first saw Susan Boyle performing? Would you like to participate in a contest seeking for talents?

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