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Hough is the new motivation

After competing in 19 seasons of ‘Dancing with the Stars’, professional dancer, Derek Hough shares his life experience with his fans.

Derek Hough is a professional dancer originally from Utah. His life wasn’t always easy for him. His family has gone through a lot, and so has his self esteem. This is a different side of Derek Hough that you don’t see as he dances on the stage. He has gone through his parents seperating and neighborhood bullies. The way that he explains his struggle is so in dept, that you will shed a tear or two for him. Sometimes, people don’t realize that celebrities have to struggle before they reach the top. Hough illistrates images of his childhood like no other author can. Hough is real, honest and relatable.

Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion“, shows the story of Derek Hough and his journey through the dancing world. From children bullying him to going to another country and learn dance, he takes you every step of the way.

You can’t change the cards you were dealt, but you can always choose how you play your hand.

— Derek Hough

High schools students can find this story to be very helpful. Not only does he take you through his story, he helps you build your own. He teaches you ways to self motivate yourself and help you through big milestones in your life. With the life experience he has so far, he can guide you in the right direction. He can even help you maintain a good lifestyle and health. He ‘talks’ to you on a real level, he is honest and tells you how it is.

He paints you a picture of what life was like for him. He tells you about the struggle he went through. But along with this, he has quotes inserted in the story from people that he has encountered in his life. They tell you about Derek in what he teaches and how he is as a person.

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People of any age can read this story. It can change the way that you think and help you become a better person. HE is a true inspiration and can help you become a better person.

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Bridget Trela, Fall Reporter
Bridget Trela is a senior at Colonia High School. She is new to being a reporter but is always up for a challenge. She is captain of the girl bowling team. When she isn’t at school or at the bowling alley practicing, you can find her hanging with her friends at the mall. The most important thing to her is her family. Her favorite movies include “Divergent” and “Smurfs”. Something unique about her is that her birthday is January 1st.

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