Never Give Up 2-27-15

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No 9. Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, February 27, 2015

David Woodbury

Never Give Up!

Being defeated is often only a temporary condition. Giving up is what
makes it permanent.– Marilyn vos Savant  1946-NA

There is a sense of exhilaration that comes from facing head-on the
hard truths and saying, “We will never give up. We will never
capitulate. It might take a long time, but we will find a way to
prevail.”– Jim Collins, from his book, Good to Great

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.– Babe Ruth

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.– Florence Nightingale

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The day after we signed our lease for the Arthur Murray Dance Center of Santa Monica,

I had 10 workmen in the studio at 8 AM the next morning.

The electricians were working in the back of the new studio. At 8:15 I was startled as Carlos came running up to the front yelling in Spanish and dripping wet from head to toe. I ran to the back and Carlos had cut through the building’s water main and the space was flooding!

We were all yelling and the men began pulling out ceiling tiles and looking for the cut off valves. We turned every valve we could find off and finally the water stopped.  The back of our now ballroom was flooded, the walls were ruined, and carpet was damaged, and water was flowing into the building’s basement.

Being my mother’s son, I stopped everyone and paused. “Is everyone OK?” I asked.

They all said yes. The plumber began his assessment to fix the pipe. I said “Let’s thank God we are all OK and continue our work.”

That was in the first 15 minutes of the build out.  In 33 days, we were done with paint, plumbing, electrical, flooring, music and furniture and we opened Arthur Murray in Santa Monica.

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Did I give up?  NO! Was I shaken, YES.  Have I felt defeated at times? I think that with so much responsibility, we all feel defeated every once in a while. But I did find a way to prevail and make it happen.

Has the studio grown? Why YES! We are 100% better this year over our startup year. Has it been fast enough for me? I plead the 5th on that question.

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This is my reality. I am accountable and not a victim.  Everything in my life has led to this moment in time for me.  The good, the bad. The challenges and the victories, all have made me the successful man that I am today. I do not have excuses, I have opportunities and open doors wherever I look. It seems that every day I enter the studio, something wonderful happens each day to make our studio even more fantastic than it already was.  My great partners, our incredible staff, and our beautiful students.

Life is short. We are breathing; we have food, a place to sleep, faith, family, friends. We are all so blessed. No, I will not give up, today, tomorrow, or in the future.

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Never give up, never give in. Be a lighthouse for those around you. Be the leader and mentor that others are looking for. Become a hero for someone who needs a boost and a friend to someone who needs guidance.

Never give up.

David Woodbury

Our Dancing Goals 2-20-15

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No 8. Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, February 20, 2015

David Woodbury

Our Dancing Goals

You can’t climb up to the second floor without a ladder. When you set
your aim too high and don’t fulfill it, then your enthusiasm turns to
bitterness. Try for a goal that’s reasonable, and then gradually
raise it. That’s the only way to get to the top.– Emil Zatopek (1922-) Czech Middle Distance Runner

My motto was to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling
badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was to
keep swinging.– Hank Aaron (1934-) American Baseball Player (Retired)

I love to set goals. I have several To Do lists running all at the same time. Also, I’m a digital saver. I look back on Goal Sheets and To Do lists from the past and I’m always surprised to see that I have accomplished most of what was on the sheet.

Imagine if I had not written them down? Imagine if the dream was not spoken, acknowledged, declared and defined? Are some of my goals too big? Are they too early? Are they the right goals for me? There are many answers to these questions. Yes, some goals are not right for this very moment, but they will be possible in the future. Some of my goals are in the dream realm. Some are practical. Some have not been started. Some have been accomplished and have fallen away, and need a resurrection.

At least I have my hopes, goals, and dreams. Perhaps, one of your goals will come to you 10 years from now. Perhaps one of your goals will come true tomorrow. It’s better to at least have the vision and strive for it rather than not have a dream at all.

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There are no unrealistic dreams, just unrealistic timelines.– Nido Qubein, president of High Point University

Try this. It won’t hurt you. Sit quietly with a pen and paper, a cup of tea, some great music, and begin to write. Write on the top “My Dreams”. What do you want spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically? What do you want with your faith, health, weight, relationships, lifestyle, and career?

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Then, write what you are willing to do to make those dreams come true? Do you have the time and money, commitment and energy and support to make these dreams come true? Do you have a support system? Do you have a plan “B”?

After this session, then declare your goals to a mentor, someone you trust. In fact, find several people you trust and confide in them your plans. After you iron out the wrinkles, make a bold proclamation statement of what you are going to do and then TAKE ACTION.

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Have the character to make the start, continue with focus, and finish and complete the goal.

Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do. But I think you have
to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that
makes you a winner right there.– Venus Williams US tennis champion

With dancing we begin with one step at a time. We put one foot in front of the other. We begin with the end result in mind.

If you follow my blogs, would you write me a note about your dreams?

Send an

Reach for the moon and the stars and enjoy the journey.

David Woodbury

Eggs 2-13-15

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No 7. Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, February 13, 2015

David Woodbury


I love to make eggs. Scramble, fry, hard or soft boil, poached. Eggs are good for protein, and flavor. You may use the whole egg, whites, or yolk. You may whip the whites and bake with them. Omelets, cakes, all baking, we just rely the magic of eggs in our cuisine.

You may crack the eggs with one hand or two. Egg shells are extremely strong and are capable of holding an amazing amount weight without breaking or cracking. On the other hand, your egg may roll off the counter and smash on the floor, unusable for your meal. I always check my eggs at the market for broken shells and carefully take them home with me for delicious meals.

Eggs may be used as weapons and can ruin a car’s paint job. Eggs are used in our daily language “All your eggs in one basket” “Egging me on” “Which came first, the Chicken or the Egg?” “You’re a good egg”.

Eggs come in many different sizes and colors. Today you may even order egg substitute at most diners for a low cholesterol heart healthy choice. All over the world, eggs are a major staple in our diets.

Life is like eggs. We all have a tough outer shell that protects us as we nurture and grow. We grow strong until we are able to peck our way out and breathe the fresh air and live on our own.

Some of us are broken. Some are bad eggs. Some of us are hard boiled and tough. Some are just perfect. But we are all eggs just the same.

I think that if we treated each other like eggs we would get along better. We would handle each other with more care. We would realize that we all have endless possibilities and that we are perfectly made.

We all have a few cracks in our shells. We are all different, yet surprisingly the same. Let’s realize that we have the ability to carefully hold one another without breaking each other. We can determine how we are best as eggs, and the best ways we can be used to help others.

Today, go and be a good egg!

Thank you,

David Woodbury

Life and the power to live our lives. 2-6-15

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No 6. Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, February 6, 2015

David Woodbury

Life and the power to live our lives.

We remember Katrina Morales today and pray for Tavio’s strength and we love Tavio with all our hearts at this time.

We will all experience disappointments and crushing events somewhere
along the way, setbacks for which there is no “reason”; no one to
blame. It might be a disease; it might be injury; it might be an
accident; it might be losing a loved one; it might be getting swept
away in a political shake up; it might be getting shot down over
Vietnam and thrown into a POW camp for 8 years. What separates
people, James Stockdale taught me, is not the presence or absence of
difficulties, but how they deal with the inevitable difficulties of
life.– Jim Collins

You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – which
you can never afford to lose – with the discipline to confront the
most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.– James Stockdale (1923-) American Naval Officer and Prisoner of War

Unswerving loyalty to duty, constant devotion to truth, and a clear
conscience will overcome every discouragement and surely lead the way
to usefulness and high achievement.– Grover Cleveland

Last weekend was our Tournament of Champions awards weekend and banquet. We said farewell to Katrina and wrapped our arms of love around Tavio. The ballroom was full of love, faith, and support. Our Arthur Murray Santa Monica staff was in attendance.

On the morning we were to leave for the weekend, I washed my face and saw that the right side of my face was paralyzed from my brow to my chin! I had a presentation and awards in the evening, followed by another day of training. We went to the weekend, I gave my presentation, accepted awards, took photos, cried with Tavio, and my face was getting progressively worse. Along with this I had a painful ear infection.

By Sunday night we went to Urgent Care. I had experienced Bell’s palsy, an inflamed nerve that controls the muscles of the face. No stroke thank goodness. By Monday the whole side of my face was numb and I could not close my right eye which was painful and full of tears. Off to St. Johns for the right meds and treatment. Joel let me rest a couple of days, then back part time to the studio.

This illness comes on overnight and takes two weeks to a month for recovery. Such a scare.

What have I learned? I must learn how to spell the words REST and MODERATION. Live a life of gratitude and humility and remember that others are hurting while you are going through your own trials.

Live in the moment, for that is all we have. Live in hope, love, peace, and strength. Let go of the bad, embrace the good, and help others with our strength.

I’m dancing in a benefit show tonight that we have prepared for during the past few months benefiting St. Monica’s Music and Arts departments for the Elementary and High Schools. I dance with a humbled heart (a funny face) and I am thankful and grateful and I am at peace. Remember to send a pray for Tavio and the whole family today.


David Woodbury