[Video] This is how you learn new skills

The juggling post got some great feedback so I’ve decided to stick my neck out and create a video on how to juggle. I’m no expert and can juggle only 3 balls. Any experts out there can probably juggle 5 or more balls and will cringe when they watch the below video.

But there are some important lessons to be learned here:

1. We can learn new things and we can do it quickly.
2. Getting the right information helps immensely.
3. In almost all cases you need just enough to get going in the right direction and then you’re system is capable of doing the rest.
4. Learning new stuff is challenging but fun.
5. The simpler you make it the better you’ll do. I’d be very wary of anyone who makes learning complicated.

The golf lesson here is that you should NEVER break your swing down into lots of little parts and try and piece it back together again. That makes it too hard. The key is to start with easy shots and progressively make them harder. You want to make sure you practice a complete motion and keep the swing flowing.

– start with a smaller club
– hit the ball short distances
– gradually increase your swing speed
– gradually aim to hit the ball longer and higher

Once you feel you’ve mastered the easy stuff it’s easy (and very natural) to go a little harder. Watch the video below.

P.S. If Wilton Chesterfield III sees this I have a message for him: {finger}

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8 Comments

  • Lukey

    Reply Reply August 7, 2013

    I’ll have to study the video a bit better because I made a hash of it. Plus I’m probably not a juggler ha!ha!
    Cheers Lukey

  • Cam280

    Reply Reply August 7, 2013

    I FEEL SO UNCOORDINATED TRYING TO JUGGLE! But I will try everyday until I get it! What have I got to lose.

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply August 8, 2013

      I bet you’re making it harder than it needs to be. I learned this when I was 16 years old. The girl in my class was not good at sports. But kids don’t have preconceived ideas about learning stuff. Kids don’t panic. Keep going… you’ll get there…

  • Adam

    Reply Reply August 10, 2013

    Juggling is nothing like golf. Though it has the same basic idea behind learning to deal with mistakes. Really any skill is like that you get up you try it it goes out the,window and you try again. Still it seems as though juggling isnt as easy as you make it seem.

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply August 10, 2013

      Adam: I disagree. They are both skills. And in my opinion golf is a lot harder. Try it, you may surprise yourself. And that is the entire point of this – try something that seems hard and you might learn something valuable…

  • Adam

    Reply Reply August 10, 2013

    Ok i will go for it.

  • Michael

    Reply Reply August 16, 2013

    I always thought you were a clown Cam!

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply August 19, 2013

      Bloomberg: I have learned from the very best clown that’s for sure. When are you back next?

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