Reality television is one of my guilty pleasures. I have to admit, I’m somewhat addicted. While there is a ton of garbage to be seen, there are also some great stories that come along. A few weeks ago, I mentioned an audition on Britain’s Got Talent. Now that X-Factor is in full swing, I had to bring up the story of Chris Rene.
The video of his X-Factor audition has already had almost 10 million views, but in case you are number 10,000,001 – go ahead and watch it real quick.
A couple of things make this story stand out in my mind. There are plenty of tales of people ruining their lives and careers with drugs. That is not new territory. What was refreshing about Chris was the fact that he pretty much shouldered all the blame himself. He talks about how he had a perfect family growing up and how HE slowly strayed from the path. You might recognize the pattern from my last post, where changes happen so slowly, you don’t realize how bad things are getting. If you missed it, here is a link. Apparently, it took having a child to get him to refocus.
When he performed at his audition, he was fresh out of rehab. He was employed as a trash collector and had the overall look of someone you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark alley. When he said he would be singing a song he wrote, I remember cringing. It had all the markings of another horribly bad reality show audition. As it turned out, the song was actually pretty good. Another “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” lesson from reality television.
This week, Chris is in the final seven – one step closer to reaching his goal. To me, this guy exemplifies the phrase “leapfrogging through life’s obstacles.” You just can’t help but root for the guy. There is just something charismatic about a guy who always has a smile on his face. He also has a large tattoo on his forearm that simply says, “Believe.” Isn’t that what its really all about?
If you believe in your dreams, you can reach them. The problem is, believing in yourself is a lot tougher than it sounds. It is much safer to just dream about the goals and not risk failing. But hey, if a trash collector turned rapper can end up on stage in Los Angeles, just how difficult could YOUR dream be?
Believe in it.