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June 18, 2007

Most of us go through our lives doing whatever it is we do, without being particularly good at those things. Mere competence at the things people are allegedly paid to do for a living, for instance, is sometimes so rare it can surprise us when we encounter it.

It is the rare person who is exceptionally good at what they do. I'm a pretty good network engineer, but by no means am I the best — not even close. I am pretty good at some of the things I do for my own enjoyment, though.

But to be phenomenally good at anything — be it one's vocation or one's hobby — is so rare as to provoke comment.

I don't know how, but Ith at Absinthe & Cookies found a cellphone salesman who is phenomenally good at his hobby. So good that overnight he's become a TV star in Britain, and is likely to become famous around the world.

Ith calls Paul Potts "amazing." I think she vastly understates the case.

Posted by Russ at 07:13 PM, June 18, 2007 in TV

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I thought I was the last to stumble across him! BTW, he won the competition overall.

Posted by: Ith at June 18, 2007 10:09 PM

I heard about him on the radio in Chicago and didn't think anything about it.

Truly, truly amazing just does not describe his gift. My hope is he stays the same humble, non-descript person that he appeared to be.

Posted by: Robert at June 21, 2007 12:20 PM

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