Taking the Lead

Taking the Lead

Lessons From A Life in Motion

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"Sometimes I've taken home the trophy, sometimes I've stumbled or tripped over my own feet. But every move I've made has shaped me into the person I am today."

Season after season, millions of fans tune into Dancing with the Stars to watch Derek Hough, the talented, consummate competitor whose skill and commitment have made him the show's all-time champion. Whether he's dancing with an Olympic gold medalist, an internationally renowned recording star, or a celebrated actress, Derek has an undeniable talent for bringing out the best in his partners. He does more than just tutor them in the fox-trot and paso doble--he teaches them how to see beyond their limits and realize their true potential.

Now, for the first time ever, Derek opens up about his transformation from bullied little boy to accomplished performer and coach who lets nothing--and no one--stand in his way. In Taking the Lead he details how his experiences have taught him to embrace a positive outlook, channel his creativity and drive, and face his fears head-on.

From his early training in London beginning at the age of twelve, to grueling dance competitions around the world, to never-before-told stories from behind the scenes of Dancing with the Stars, Derek writes with honesty and insight about his extraordinary journey. And in sharing his own story, he shows all of us how we can take charge of pursuing our goals, overcome obstacles, and become winners--not just on the dance floor but in life.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 014
ISBN: 9780062420329
Branch Call Number: 793.33092 HOU 2014
Characteristics: 189 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 21 cm


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Feb 05, 2015

I enjoyed reading about Derek's life and the lessons he learned a long the way. This book is concise but filled with insights. It is also inspiring.

LaughingOne Dec 29, 2014

I enjoyed reading about Derek's life before Dancing with the Stars (DWTS). I also enjoyed reading about his work with the various women he'd partnered with on DWTS. I even liked the bits of advice at the end of each section. What I didn't like was how much of that advice was packed into the last parts of this book; that started feeling like I was being lectured to, and not in a good way. For me, this was not the best way to end an otherwise enjoyable read.

d2013 Dec 02, 2014

If your a fan of DWTS you'll enjoy reading Derek Hough's beginnings, challenges and hard work that brought him to where he is today. Enjoyable read!

rowanquincy Nov 28, 2014

An excellent book. Not just an autobiography, but each chapter has suggestions on how to live a productive life. Very inspiring and an easy read, especially for Dancing with the Stars fans.

Oct 07, 2014

Really enjoyed this book. Inspiring. Honest. Quick Read.

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