So often in American society, we revere and talk about athletes, artists, and entrepreneurs — but not as often do we acknowledge dancers in the same way.
Especially male ballroom dancers.
However, with the rise of popularity of the hit show, Dancing with the Stars, this sport has become much more popular in the U.S.
And a part of that rise to popularity and appreciation is today’s guest, Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
If you’ve seen him on the show (winning twice and competing at the top multiple times), you already know what a brilliant dancer and artist he is.
But you might not know the rest of his story and perspectives.
Val and I met through social media a few months back, but I didn’t realize how cool he was until we met in person.
Not only does Val have the hard-earned wisdom of a long-term elite athlete (he’s been winning championships since he was a teenager), he also is a successful entrepreneur, social media influencer, coach, and now an author.
But what I really loved talking to Val about was how he has developed an incredible level of confidence in doing what he loves — even before it was popular.
Val’s humility and focus shows up in all his work. As we discussed what dance has taught him about being a good partner, human being, and man, I was really inspired to keep pushing myself to be better.
And of course, we made plans to go salsa dancing as a result.
I’m excited and proud to bring you this insightful conversation about what is possible when you go for your dreams because YOU believe in them in Episode 590.