Inspiration For Dance AND Life

Today, I was transferring dance videos and files to my external hard drive.  In the process, here’s a quote I found:


It’s a favourite quote of Harold Gregg ( and is now a renewed favourite of mine. He sticks it up on his desk. His advice?

When you read it each day, it will remind you of this: If you develop a business that you really love and are excited about, you will succeed beyond your wildest imaginations, work will become play, money will come in abundance but lose its importance, and someday you’ll wake up and say to yourself, “What other interest can I start developing today?” Then you will realize that you are living the life that you deserve.

The very same insight applies to dance, to art, and to life. Find what it is that you truly love- that thing that excites you- and challenge yourself to commit to improvement. If you do, you’ll be rewarded with inspiration and success.

What’s even more wonderful: Through your actions, you’ll inspire those around you to fulfill their own passions. You’ll be an example of someone taking initiative and following their heart.

As a dance choreographer, dance teacher and performer, I’m just one of many examples that show it’s 100% possible to succeed in life doing something you love.

Never fear failure. We’re all human! Just learn from your mistakes. I’m on my own roller coaster of challenges and mountain climbing. But the higher the mountain, the stronger you will and must become to reach its peak.

We all have personal high points to reach. It will be a climb regardless, so find the route you’ll enjoy most to get there and you’ll hardly notice the trek.

I’m very thankful that my life revolves around my passions. It’s true: Love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life!

– Shawn Byfield

Published by ShawnByfield

Shawn Byfield is a certified public speaker, expert dance coach and entrepreneur. A National authority in dance and veteran in entertainment, film and fashion. Byfield is a DORA AWARD winning choreographer, GEMINI AWARD nominee, and 2x BLACK CANADIANS AWARD nominee. Shawn Byfield loves to travel nationally as an inspiring mentor, adjudicator, public speaker and choreographer.

2 thoughts on “Inspiration For Dance AND Life

  1. Thanks for sharing the quote Shawn and for your reflections. You totally inspire me with everything you do! We’ve gotta get you dancing at the Rex again. sb

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