A Fresh Start: Permission to Introduce Yourself as The Person You Want to Be

In 1998 I moved to Los Angeles to tap dance. Yet, for the first couple of months, I told myself, “Do not take a tap class. Do not take a tap class.”

I knew that if I showed up as a student, I’d be viewed as a student—and then I’d have to earn the right to teach.

A fresh start is a permission to introduce yourself to your new world as the person you want to be. I deliberately showed people what I wanted them to see.

I visited dance studios throughout Studio City offering to sub any tap class.

About two weeks later I was teaching. Toward the end of a class, I spotted a tall, blue-eyed, debonair gentleman in the doorway.

He approached me, and said, “Hello. My name is Joe Tremaine. Have you ever taught at a dance convention?”

My friend, create what you want in your mind’s eye.

And even if you don’t yet see the whole big picture, keep heading toward excellence.

“I’d rather be tap dancing.” ~ LaurieTALKS

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