Since we discussed Dr. Benjamin Carson's Think Big last week, I thought it was appropriate for our first giveaway to relate to a few of the topics from that post.
1. Reading books is of the utmost importance.
2. Education and training, in depth knowledge, plays a large part in overcoming obstacles.
Like Benjamin Carson, professional dancer Misty Copeland has overcome some incredible odds to achieve success. In fact, I think its safe to say that Misty Copeland is currently America's most recognized ballerina. She is a soloist at American Ballet Theatre and one of the stars of Under Armour's I Will What I Want campaign. She is an advisor to American Ballet Theatre's Project Plie Program, and has authored two books. Other dancers may hold the rank of "principal," but right now, it is Misty who has the world's attention.
Ms. Copeland made history by becoming American Ballet Theatre's third African-American soloist, and the first in the last two decades (mistycopeland.com). Misty began dancing at age of 13, which is rare, nearly unheard of for a female classical ballet dancer. She overcame color barriers, family problems, and the sheer difficulty of the classical ballet world to find her way to the top of one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world.
In honor of Benjamin Carson and Misty Copeland's determination to overcome the odds, as well as Dr. Carson's admonishment to read, I'm giving away a copy of Copeland's book Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. Enter below.
Have you seen Copeland perform? Whose life story inspires you?
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