You don´t have to be arrogant to be competitive! I believe in staying humble and focused.
I have always been ambitious. Since I was a little girl I have had a lot of drive. I knew very early on that I wanted to become the best dancer I could possible be. Pushing myself to the very limit to see how far I could go.
The dance competition world is a very competitive one and can sometimes even be a little aggressive I would say. I was always told that I needed to develop ”thicker skin and harsher elbows” in order to push people out of the way so that I could reach my own personal goals. Maybe that was true and maybe not. I don´t really care because that was never the route I chose to take. For me it was not worth that. The price was too high to pay.
I don´t believe in pushing people out of the way in order to reach my end destination. I think I can arrive there anyway. Maybe it will take a little longer but I think it´s the right path to travel down. At least for me. I always wanted to achieve my goals on my own and not by leaving ”road kill” on the side.
The world today is very competitive, harsh and sometimes even a little cold but I still believe in working hard towards my goals without sacrificing people on the way. I put trust in myself and my own ability and believe in staying focused on what it is that I want to achieve. In the end it will be so much more satisfying. I want to stay true to myself.
I think and hope that I have always been humble. Sometimes I talk too much and often I am maybe a little bit too loud but that is something that I am working on but I have never ever been arrogant. I have struggled my whole life with my self confidence. I have always felt so different from others which makes you feel a bit on the outside sometimes but never ever cocky. However, because I have a very extroverted personality I might sometimes be perceived as a slightly more confident person than I really am by other people in my surroundings but you don`t have to be loud to achieve what you really want and in order to stay competitive. That I have very much learned from my husband, life partner and Love of my Life, David Watson and also from my last celebrity dance partner in Let´s Dance Jesper Blomqvist who is the most modest person I know. You just have to stay humble and focused.