Juggling is not what you think

September 8, 2021

When I was a kid, I had a nice set of juggling balls. They were made of leather, cut and stitched in sections, and I've just realised they were the same colours as the asexual flag.

But I never learnt to juggle.

Until I listened to an old episode of Seth Godin's Akimbo podcast.

We tend to think that juggling is about catching the balls. We'll do anything we can to catch the balls. Even if it means we reach out, lose our balance and fall over. But that's not juggling. That's falling over.

Juggling is about throwing. If you throw the ball well, you will catch it. If you don't catch it, it's a bad throw. Let it drop. Throw, drop.

Keep throwing one ball until you always catch it.

Then try with 2 balls. Throw throw, drop drop. Throw throw, drop drop. Throw throw, catch drop. Throw throw, catch drop. Throw throw, catch catch.

This post isn't about juggling, But Seth puts it better in this post from 2018.

Watch some lovely mathematical juggling in this Ted Talk from Alexander Laymann

I've been trying to juggle (to catch) 4 things in my work

  • Webflow
  • Accessibility
  • Content Design
  • Readability

And now I'm going to focus on throwing, not catching. One thing at a time (maybe?, I'm not very good at that!) 

So expect more tweeting, more forums where I can help people, more posts, more content.