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Learning hip hop dance is an exhilarating journey filled with excitement and self-expression. However, it’s also a path riddled with challenges and setbacks. In this blog post, I want to share my personal experience with the struggles of learning hip hop dance and how perseverance has been the key to overcoming obstacles along the way.

In the early stages of my dance journey, mastering the Windmill became my ultimate goal. Day after day, for a grueling eight months, I poured my heart and soul into perfecting this elusive move. The struggle was real—whether to practice on the forgiving carpet, offering a softer landing but more resistance, or on the unforgiving kitchen floor, which left me bruised and battered with each failed attempt.

I became a DIY enthusiast, resorting to unconventional methods in my quest for mastery. I laid linoleum over my carpet, hoping to strike the perfect balance between cushioning and friction, all in pursuit of that one flawless Windmill. The journey was marked by countless falls, bruises, and wrist sprains, but I refused to let setbacks deter me.

Then, one sweltering August day, amid a haze of sweat and adrenaline, it finally happened. With sheer determination and grit, I achieved my first complete revolution. The sense of triumph was indescribable—the culmination of months of hard work and perseverance. Though the house was empty, the celebration that ensued echoed like fireworks on the Fourth of July.

To those on a similar quest for mastery, I recommend delving into these three books that inspired and guided me through the highs and lows of my journey:

“Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth: Discover the transformative power of grit and perseverance in achieving your goals, no matter how daunting they may seem.

“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol S. Dweck: Explore the concept of mindset and how adopting a growth mindset can empower you to overcome obstacles and thrive in your pursuits.

“The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph” by Ryan Holiday: Learn to embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and leverage adversity to your advantage on the path to success.

In conclusion:

The journey to mastering the Windmill was fraught with challenges, setbacks, and moments of doubt. But through unwavering perseverance and the invaluable insights gleaned from these books, I not only conquered the Windmill but also emerged stronger, both as a dancer and as an individual. So, keep pushing forward, keep believing in yourself, and remember that with perseverance, anything is possible.