Hard work and Dedication. To be truly and completely dedicated to something takes determination. Pig headed, horse blinders type dedication. I have learned over the course of my years ballroom dancing that success in life or dancing takes just that. Those willing to put in the effort will reap the reward. Steve Jobs didn’t become Steve Jobs by going with the status quo.
Pushing past your limits. No teacher ever wants to see their student fail. However, a good teacher will push you past your comfort zone to a place you never knew existed in you. Growth is not easy and doesn’t come cheap. You will pay with your sweat and your tears and probably a few blisters. At the other end you will find you were capable of much more than you ever thought possible. That teacher who pushed and pushed did so because they saw something in you that was better than what you were passing off as your best.
Perseverance and Discipline. I am firm believer that if you haven’t taken a ballroom class, you don’t understand the true meaning of perseverance. I wasn’t gifted with a natural ability to move. Every step, every spin, every isolation took hours in front of a mirror. I would show up early and I would stay late because I had a goal.
Humility, In life, you win some and you lose some. What separates the winners from the losers is how you deal with those situations. No one wants to be around the winner who’s a jerk about it later, and no one wants to be around the loser who cries about it for days afterward. You take your lumps and life lessons and your wins and successes and you move on. No matter the outcome, you are amazing for showing up and putting in the work to get there.
The Importance of Teamwork. You can’t do it all yourself! You have a partner who is 50% of everything the judges see. Everyone needs to be giving their all 100% of the time or else the partnership suffers. Even in practice you have to know your partner is there for you and vice versa. To give anything less than your all is equal to just not showing up.
Passion creates Beauty. Yes, dancing creates beautiful lines and movement on the dance floor. But having passion creates beauty in all aspects of your life. When you are passionate you think longingly all day long, you smile more, you are excited more, you laugh more. When you’re around other people, that love pours off of you and they can feel it! Passion creates confidence which affects everything from the way you hold yourself to the way you treat other people. Passion creates a light in you that shines for the world to see, and that is a beautiful thing.