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Learn to Juggle

The next exercise to do is learning how to juggle. I know, you thought this was a book on learning Excel.

The reason to learn how to juggle is to teach you how to learn new things. If you haven't learned Excel by now you probably have trouble in this respect. Learning how to juggle is a big confidence booster, is fun to do, and will impress your friends. (If you don't have friends then the next book to read is "The Little Book of Making Friends")

Get three socks and roll them up into a ball. Find a bed and see if you can figure out how to juggle them.  Stand against the bed and if you drop the socks it won't be far to pick them up. Try before you go to the next page.

The most common thing to try is to juggle the three balls in a circle, but this is not the way to success.

To juggle three socks, have one sock in your left hand and one in your right hand. The other sock will be in the air. That accounts for all the socks.

The way to accomplish this is to somehow get one in the air and hold a sock in each hand. As the sock falls to one of your hands you need to toss that sock into the air and catch the sock that's falling.

The socks should be moving in a sideways figure 8 type pattern.
Note that this is very difficult task to accomplish and most people won't be able to succeed at this.  

Since juggling three socks is too difficult the goal is to find something easier that you can do.

Take one sock and put the other two aside. Toss it from hand to hand. The sock should travel a little above your head and make a figure 8 type pattern. After you can do this 10 times without dropping you're ready to move onto the next step.

The next step is to juggle two socks, not in a circular pattern. Take one sock and toss it up in the air a little above your head.

When the sock reaches its peak, toss the other sock up in the air below the first sock. Then catch the first sock and then the second sock.  

Switch the hand you start your toss with and see if you can keep tossing the two socks back and forth.

Do this 10 times without dropping and you're ready for the next step.

Take two socks in one hand and one sock in the other. Toss one of the socks in the hand which is holding two. Then continue with the two-sock pattern I described previously.

Starting with two socks in your right hand, the pattern is right toss, left toss, left catch, right toss, right catch, left catch. You should finish with two socks in your left hand.

Do this 10 times in a row and you're ready for the next step.

Now just continue tossing and catching until you drop.

Please note that this will take a lot of practice unless you are already very coordinated. Start with about 10 - 15 minutes and build up to an hour.

Now if this explanation was too difficult to follow you can watch a video at http://ExcelBeginner.com/JugglingVideo.htm