Work with what you’ve got to find your passion. Pay attention to your earliest mentors, then be prepared to dance your ass off.



My mother had two stories she liked to tell about my babyhood. The first one goes like this: I was born severely pigeon-toed, with both feet and ankles turned inward. It was cute enough on a newborn. But when I began to take my first steps, it gave me an awkward, unsteady gait. My mother was a young navy wife living in base housing in San Diego, while Dad was on a ship fighting World War II in the Pacific. When she took me for a first-year checkup, she quizzed the navy doctor ...

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