Has Britain got Talent? After watching the show Britain’s Got Talent, I’m starting to get doubtful. If it wasn’t for the fact that I spent 4 years studying the violin at the Royal Academy of Music where there were many virtuoso performers, I might be fooled into believing there is a lack of talent.
So how come the television show seems to be a collection of strangely talentless and delusional acts (apart from the occasional outstanding act, like some gymnasts the other night)?
Could it be that in Britain we like to laugh at people making fools of themselves?
I actually feel a little embarrassed watching the show – and starting to concerned that my ‘mirror neurons’ might at some level internalize the freakish performance!
Do we still like to watch the concept of a freak show?
I occasionally tune in to American Idol and am amazed at the outstanding talent – I would buy an album of Crystal Bower Sox right now! In a similar way I watched quite a few episodes of America’s Got Talent last year and there were some amazing performances – like the string Duo ‘Nuttin But Stringz’ who were truly outstanding (and as a musician I’m particularly critical of string acts) – if you get a chance to hear them or buy the album, it is well worth it.
There was also a baton twirler – I know it might sound like a slightly dull act, but he was incredible – I could have watched him perform for hours.
We do have talent in Britain, and it would be great to see the real talent on the show.
In NLP we are constantly looking to model excellence. We explore how people think, feel, behave – what they believe and how the filter the world. When we uncover this level of detail, we can begin to replicate excellence more quickly.
I like to think there are learnings we can take from anything. I wrote a blog recently about how to be happy, and this is something we can do at any time by changing our state.
However I always encourage people to NOT be happy settling for average performance – only settle for excellence.
So my tip in this blog is to start to examine, study and produce excellence. Only settle for excellence. In my NLP training, I only want my students to settle for excellence, because we all have the potential within us.
Joining an NLP training is an great way to move towards excellence and unleash the potential within us all.
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