It was a great trip to Branson. I was about 11 years old, and I had just been to an amazing show. The man could juggle about 8 balls at a time, and I was in awe. He was selling a VHS tape (old-school!!) that taught you how to juggle, and I had to buy it.
Luckily, the hotel that we were staying in, had a small room, completely white. White ceilings, white floors. It was my dedicated juggling room. I watched the VHS, studied the techniques, and practiced them in the room. After much practice, I learned how to juggle 2 balls. Then, the dreaded 3 ball juggling. I was intimidated, but I used intimidation as fuel. I literally spent HOURS in that room, trying to juggle 3 balls at a time. I was screaming, I was frustrated, I was angry. But I was PUMPED. I took a look at the juggling balls, who had the guts to tell ME that I COULDN’T DO IT!! And attempt after attempt of failure, things finally started to click. I learned how to juggle over the next few days. That is one of the first times in my life that I was REALLY determined to overcome an obstacle.
Needless to say, but I’ll say it anyway: That paragraph was so much easier to write, than it was to learn how to juggle. Just a friendly reminder to you. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that just because you love to do something, it will be very easy. Quite the contrary! The more something is worth doing, the tougher it will be to overcome! On your mission, you will undoubtedly want to pick up new skills, and you will also run into new problems that you never thought existed! Ask yourself: Are these new skills worth having? Is this problem worth solving? Yes, I hear you saying? Well then put everything else aside and start putting in the work! It may be painful, but it will be worth it in the end.
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