This month marks the 10-year Milestone since I took my first Casino Class.
Holy ***t, has it been that long?
I find myself looking back a lot; mainly since I'll be celebrating another milestone for my birthday in February.
I could bore you with a bunch of paragraphs about how I started Casino, learned from so-and-so, how some of the things I've posted seem random and don't make sense (I blame my willingness to do things differently and try to draw from all aspects of my life), etc., but instead, I'll go with this anecdote:
A friend of mine, Marlena*, told me about her experience at the Salsa Rueda Festival in 2014 (I did not attend that year). She was excited to dance with one of the more popular dancers, Darren*, who also has a number of popular YouTube videos, as well.
I was so excited to meet him in person. I asked him to dance, but he reluctantly said, "Yes," and I can tell he wasn't really excited to dance with me at all. The dance itself was horrible. He was totally disinterested in dancing with me. It was nothing like I thought it would be.
I think you know what I'm getting at here.
I'll end this blog with a quote from His Airness, Michael Jordan:
To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don't isolate.
(And yes - I do see the irony here, since Jordan could be a prick, as well.)
*Names changed to preserve anonymity.
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