How many times in your life have you thought "if they only gave me a chance"? It's all most of us are looking for in life is a chance. A chance to make a difference or show that you have what it takes to get it done. I believe in giving people a chance to see what they can do.

I am one who believes that the greatest running back in the history of football may have never touched a ball. I believe the greatest guitar player of all time may be spraying out a stock trailer. I believe the most brilliant mind in medicine may never get to go to school. What if the greatest are never given a chance? What if they are never encouraged or given the opportunity?

The reason I enjoy shows like American Idol is that it offers the opportunity to find those people. The ones whose lives otherwise wouldn't have afforded them the chance to be seen or heard. Recently Eric Church went on a rant about how just because Blake Shelton turns his chair around you shouldn't get a record deal. At first I agreed but now I have changed my mind completely. We would not have Carrie Underwood or many others if it weren't for these chances. We need chances, we need opportunities. We have to ability to give people a shot. If you own a business, you have a chance to hire someone and give them a shot. Let that kid with an interest in cars work in your garage. You may have a future NASCAR crew chief on your hands. Teach your right fielder to pitch. They may be the next Cy Young.

We all need a chance to prove ourselves and we all have opportunities to give someone a chance. Do it. We may find the next "best".