I just completed my 5th annual 24 Hours of Booty, where 1,200 riders complete a 3 mile loop course for, well, 24 hours. For the second year in a row, some of the most amazing participants have been unicycle riders. On a 3 mile course. With hills, turns, and the like. For 24 hours.
That’s skill, but only as the result of a lot of failure.
Seeing the unicyclists on the 24 Hours of Booty ride reminded me of a recent post by Seth Godin. His premise? The reason riding a unicycle is difficult is because it is so sudden.
“All the time you're practicing, you aren't actually riding. You're falling. Then, if you don't give up after all this failure, in a blink, you're riding. No in-between. Failing...riding.”
While many things we do have a gradual learning curve, some things are like the unicycle: practice=failing; repeat; repeat again, then all of a sudden, we’re doing it.
Don’t give up.