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Principle 72 - Hang out with experts

If you want to get better at anything, hang out with the people that can do what you can't.

I learned to juggle when I was around 15 years old. After seeing someone juggle I figured it out. I have 2 hands so one ball had to be in the air at all times and one in each hand. I used rolled up socks and practiced until I got it.

It wasn't until I started hanging out with jugglers that I really improved my skills.

Seeing others defy gravity made me realize that first of all the task can be accomplished.

This is the needle in a haystack problem. If you tell me the needle is there I'll be able to find it.

So with juggling I can see with my own eyes what's possible. So seeing these skills everyday is what makes your mind think it's possible.

The next step is the harder part because you need to believe that you can replicate what the others are doing. But can they do it because they're talented or did the practice a lot. I think you'll find there's probably a combination of natural skills, practice and just love of the activity.

But I believe enough practice can overcome most natural talent deficits you might have.

Though, it's possible that if you're practicing the wrong way you might not get it. There is a woman that juggles that isn't doing it correctly. I'm not sure if she'll ever get it. I've offered her assistance but she refused it.

If you want to improve at a skill you need to hang out with the people that are good at the skill. It's not impossible to do it yourself, just much harder.

With the internet, it's not hard to find people with the same interests as you or to just start your own group. Meetup.com has 1000's of groups that you can belong to. Join a group or start one today. Your success has just moved a bit closer.

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