‘America’s Got Talent’ and handling disappointment

America?s Got Talent? and handling disappointment

Imagine this: You are an 11-year-old girl who loves to sing. You wake up early each day just to put on your headphones to belt out a few bars before school. You teach yourself how to play the piano. You print out the lyrics and memorize your favorite songs. You sing at your elementary school’s talent show. You create your own YouTube channel and upload a new song everyday.

Many of you would love to have such passion for a hobby. My daughter had the opportunity to audition for “America’s Got Talent” in Charlotte, North Carolina. She entered a convention center filled with thousands of hopeful entertainers and was thrilled with the challenge. When her number was called, she was asked to sing a few lines in a small room with a producer and four other applicants. She stood tall and poised and gave it her best shot.

This was in January. They told her that they would be making decisions in March. Every day in March, my daughter woke up early and checked the website to see if notifications had been sent out. When I saw that there was no update, I told her how proud I was of her, and that I’m sorry they didn’t post the results yet. She simply smiled and sang another song.

Earlier this week, this is what she saw when checking for an update on the website:

She said it was “okay” and asked if she could make another video of a new song. I learned from my wife that this video was being sent to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” 

In sales, things don’t always go our way, but it is up to us to determine how we react. Thank you to my daughter, Alexa, for teaching me how to handle disappointment and persevere like the superstar I know she is.