Samantha Harris Features Derek Hough Story At Her Website

Thanks to Lori for this find. Julianne Hough blogged about Samantha Harris’ website today “Gotta Make Lemons“. It’s a site for anyone who is facing or who has faced life’s lemons, overcoming them, and turning them into lemonade. One of the new featured stories is by Derek. Below is take from to get started….

Being brutally bullied as an adolescent was my lemon. Finding the courage and confidence to overcome that and own my life is my lemonade.

I’m used to leading on the dance floor. The music starts, and I take my partner’s hand, guiding her into position, controlling the flow of energy, directing the movement.

But when it comes to life, taking the lead isn’t so simple. It takes guts, but not the kind needed to jump out of an airplane from fourteen thousand feet or perform live in front of an audience of millions. Trust me, I’ve done both. It’s having the courage required to uncover the bigger picture. Where are you going and how will you get there? And most important, who will you become on your journey? Every mistake, every twist, turn, or total wipeout hands you an opportunity to learn and grow. Are you brave enough to take it?

I wasn’t. Honestly, the idea of writing a book about my life scared the hell out of me. I didn’t think I was ready to go there. It felt overwhelming—a lot of memories tangled up in emotions. I wasn’t sure the timing was right (I was competing in Seasons 17 and 18 of Dancing with the Stars) and I wasn’t convinced I knew what to say or how to say it. So I did what I do whenever I’m stuck on a dance and I don’t have a clue how to choreograph it. I break it down. I look at it, not as a whole, but as a series of steps that come together. Somehow, seeing each phase of my life this way brought it all into focus. The lessons became clear, the experiences came flooding back in vivid detail, and I felt empowered.

To read more, see this link. You might even recognize some of the passages as it’s from Derek’s book Taking The Lead: Lessons From A Life In Motion. If you haven’t read Derek’s book yet, be sure you order it at Amazon or any other source where they sell books. You won’t be able to put it down and you’ll be truly inspired.

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3 Responses to Samantha Harris Features Derek Hough Story At Her Website

  1. nobleze says:

    It still hurts to read about Derek’s painful past. And it still amazes me how he overcame that and made a name for himself. No, make that a BRAND. I think I will always be in awe of what Derek is able to offer the world.

  2. Cathy says:

    From being bullied to being LOVED… For me it’s as painful to read Derek’s story now as it was the first time, and every time. For him to keep all that pain and suffering inside for so many years was excruciating, and then to find the strength and courage to open up and share it so that his story would help others…what a true blessing! His sense of forgiveness and love is a true gift. What he’s accomplished in life is extraordinary; who he’s become is invaluable. His light shines on the stage, and it always shines in our hearts. Once again Derek made lemonade out of lemons, and not only did he, Nastia, and Sasha perform a routine that earned them the highest scores of the night, but it was an epic, show-stopping, unforgettable, and Emmy-worthy performance which they should be most proud of. I thank Samantha Harris for featuring Derek’s powerful story and Julianne for blogging about Samantha’s website. Derek continues to inspire us with his leading lessons.

    Thank you, Vogue, for this post, which reminds us once again what a true inspiration Derek is for us all.

  3. Meggie says:

    I read Derek’s book recently and it is full of so much wisdom. It’s a very special person who can still be in his 20’s and can look back and make lemonade out of lemons, but it’s his vision for his own future that is really incredible to me. I wish I had been that astute at that time in my life. Derek is talented, but he’s also very very wise!

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