Becoming Ginger Rogers
How Ballroom Dancing Made Me a Happier Woman, Better Partner, and Smarter CEO
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Becoming Ginger Rogers is the story of one woman’s inspiring and uplifting journey to reclaim her life during the dispiriting days of New York City in the aftermath of 9/11, the unraveling of a successful business she co-founded with a dozen colleagues, and the death of her beloved husband after a long illness. Patrice Tanaka shares her very personal story of how at age 50 she started ballroom dance lessons to satisfy a lifelong dream of dancing like Ginger Rogers and, in so doing, found her way to unimaginable joy.
Becoming Ginger Rogers is, in part, a memoir of a young Japanese-American girl born and raised in Hawaii who fulfilled her dream of career success in Manhattan; it’s a voyeuristic glimpse into the world of competitive ballroom dancing; and it’s a business book about the lessons learned from ballroom dancing that made Patrice a better partner and a smarter CEO.
In this book, you will learn:
How to reclaim, re-energize and re-excite yourself about your own life
How to reschedule yourself” back into your own life as the first step toward reclaiming your life
How lessons learned in ballroom dance such as the importance of being fully present mind, body and spirit have applications beyond the ballroom floor in helping you achieve greater success in your personal and professional life
How learning to be a good follower can be a winning strategy for business
How visualizing your dreams is the way to manifest them
How living every moment of your life in a way that is fulfilling in and of itself, and not dependent on some future you may not have, is the best way to live and to be prepared to die even if you have little advance warning like the nearly 3,000 people who perished on 9/11
Becoming Ginger Rogers shows us how we can revitalize ourselves even after years of woeful neglect so that our most exciting and joy-filled days are ahead of us.
- BenBella Books, Inc., September 2011
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