For former "Dancing With the Stars" champion-turned-business owner Maksim "Maks" Chmerkovskiy, the journey to success has been less about pursuing passions than simply refusing to fail.
Chmerkovskiy, who's a co-founder of the Dance With Me Dance Studios chain, told CNBC in a 2015 interview that he was not a natural dancer. In fact, he said he hated it.
But his parents pushed him to learn so he could more easily assimilate after emigrating from Ukraine to Brooklyn in 1994, when he was 14.
Maks, as he was known on the show, says that when he arrived to the U.S., he knew very little English. Because he didn't know the language to communicate, he found he could express himself through dance.