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.