You know, there have been many a instances (yes you can use 'many a') where I've been told - "Well Anthony - of course you dance well, you are Puerto Rican". While I laugh because its their assumption that I had a natural ability for salsa - that wasn't the case. I tell people that while I've been listening to salsa all my life, my REAL salsa dancing did not start until I had gone to the state of Iowa (USA). Ames, Iowa to be exact - a college town in the middle of nowhere (yes - it might sound harsh but its the truth). Learning salsa was not a magical process, and for sure it did not happen overnight.Now, I read this great article on Yahoo Finance (http://biz.yahoo.com/weekend/great_1.html ) and I think it can apply to everything we do in life - in this case - specifically salsa.See, there is a big misconception - which causes a lot of people to think that they'll never be a great salsa dancer, and that is that they are not LATINO. Now, I'll tell you why this completely irritates me. Lets assume that there is a stereotype that Americans are the great singers. Now, lets say I would like to become a great singer (cause I love to sing). How would I feel if someone (joe-schmoe or worse - myself) told me that it would be very hard for me to be better than most American singers because I wasn't born American. What if I kept that thinking that because I wasn't of a specific race, religion or breed - I would not make my dreams come true. I believe that is plain stupid. I believe if you have the desire to be something, you will achieve it. Quoting the article: "What makes Tiger Woods great? What made Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett the world's premier investor? We think we know: Each was a natural who came into the world with a gift for doing exactly what he ended up doing. As Buffett told Fortune not long ago, he was "wired at birth to allocate capital." It's a one-in-a-million thing. You've got it - or you don't.