The “Susan” Parable

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Have you had one of those moments where you felt that you had talent, skill and a desire to do what you know you do best but lack the physical appearance to make it in the world? Have you kind of seen others less talented or skilled then you “make it” simple because they looked more sophisticated, handsome, beautiful, younger and fairer? I suspect that most of us who feel this way don’t really quit trying to live our dreams but simply choose to “live small”, believing that though we may have something special to offer, we are physically or socially unattractive enough to make it .


Perhaps we could call this the “poor packaging” syndrome. I too used to suffer from it, having grown up believing that “packaging” was everything, that it was evidence of talent, skill, passion and quality. I believed that I was “poorly packaged” even though I knew that I was talented, skilled and passionate. I was no Brad Pitt, was very tanned, large and “socially handicapped” in the sense that I was a quiet bloke. This kept me in the trance of “living small”, feeling doomed to live life below the reader of greatness!

 Then came the “Susan” Parable. In August 2008, a “poorly packaged” Susan Boyle applied for an audition for Britain’s Got Talent. When she first appeared on Britain’s Got Talent at Clyde Auditorium, she mentioned that she aspired to become a professional singer, as successful as Elaine Paige. These remarks were met by the cynical and hostile attitude of the audience simply because of her appearance, which she had refused to change! She looked old, unrefined, and unattractive, almost delusional! To quote Susan herself from the Sunday Times, “I know what they were thinking, but why should it matter as long as I can sing? It’s not a beauty contest.” What happened next was never expected!


Hers became a modern parable. A “sign of contradiction” that rebuked society’s tendency to judge others based on their physical appearance, a society that thrived in a “cosmetic culture”. Susan Boyle’s performance was a victory for talent and artistry in a culture obsessed with physical attractiveness and presentation!


“Modern society is too quick to judge people on their appearances……There is not much you can do about it; it is the way they think; it is the way they are. But maybe this could teach them a lesson, or set an example.” Susan Boyle, the Washington Post


The “Susan” Parable serves as a metaphor that challenges the “poor packaging” syndrome that many of us suffer from in silence. A parable that challenged society’s expectation that those who are allowed to “make it” be both good-looking and talented! A parable that serves as an inspiration to those who have a dream to dare to dream the dream and live it, live it large regardless of your physical appearance and the opinion of others about how you look or should look!


The successes that Susan Boyle enjoys today is unbelievable but her true lesson of greatness was when she walked into that audition, watched by 10 million views and sang “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables that left many dumb founded by her pure talent brought to perfection by her practice and passion regardless of her looks, physical appearance or posturing! What about you?


Perhaps you have seen this clip before. If you have, well I invite you to see it again with new eyes that will inspire. If you have not, then enjoy the “Susan” Parable! May it help you believe in you again regardless of your “packaging”




Stay committed to transcending, transforming and transferring value back to your world!


Conrad Rozario is the founder of Alchemy Resources. He has more than 14 years experience in Sales, Marketing, Business Management and Talent Development. He holds a MBA from Gordon University, Illinois, is a Certified & Licensed Trainer of Neuro Semantics and NLP (ISNS, USA), a Master Practitioner in Neuro Semantics and NLP (ISNS, USA) and a Language and Behavior Profiling for Coaching Practitioner. You can follow Conrad on facebook!