Here is a fantastic blog post that I found being circulated on the interweb. Written by Melanie Doskocil, original post found at her blog, Ballet Pages (though I found it via a blog post at The Portland Ballet).
1. Dance is hard. – No dancer ever became successful riding on their natural born talents only. Dancers are artists and athletes. The world of dance today is akin to an extreme sport. Natural ability and talent will only get us so far. Dancers must work hard and persevere. Dancers give years of their lives plus their sweat, tears and sometimes blood to have the honor and pleasure of performing on stage
2. You won’t always get what you want.