Recently I got into card tricks.
No, I don’t want to be a magician. And trust me this has everything to do with confidence.
I find that playing with cards help me focus. In a way, it’s like a fidget toy; like a fidget spinner, except it’s actually cool. 😉
It looks super cool as well! Check out this video on one-handed shuffle:
If you haven’t got any experience in card handling (or as they call it, card flourishes), this might seem difficult, intimating, or downright impossible!
At least that’s how I felt 2 days ago.
Hell, I have difficulties shuffling with both of my hands, let alone one!
Anyway, I decided to give it a go.
Unsurprisingly, I couldn't do it, not even once. I spent a good 20 minutes of watching tutorials and trying to do it until my hands were sore.
I felt overwhelmed, intimidated, and honestly a tiny bit inadequate.
Somehow the conclusion my brain drew from that was that I must be missing some key pieces of the puzzle; maybe the tutorials were teaching me the bad methods or methods not suitable for my hand size or shape.
Looking back I was delusional, a little bit, or like a lot.
So for the next hour, I searched for more tutorials and guides on one-handed shuffles. I thought watching more tutorials and finding out the perfect method is key to my success in becoming an impressive one-hand shuffler. But if I still didn’t succeed, soon enough I will lose all the confidence in achieving this and never try again in a long time.
More time passed by, I still couldn’t do it. I failed to find what key information or secret I missed that kept me from success.
It's super frustrating as you can see haha.
At this point, only 2 hours later, it was clear to me that there isn’t a silver bullet, and maybe I just needed to practice more. Of course, my confidence level was staying low, but I tried to not let it affect me as much.
So over the 3 hours after that realization, I'd just kept on doing the same motions over and over again while watching other unrelated videos or thinking about other things.
Each time I failed, I had to actively fight against the negative feelings inching to chip away at my self-confidence and self-worth.
5 hours later, this was my result:
Yay! I had done it! It's not perfect, but I was satisfied.
And it only took my one entire afternoon to learn this skill that's useless to me.
Well, guess what, success is boring.
Success in life, no matter how big or small, usually involves doing or practicing something many times repetitively.
It's not like in the movies where 3 montages later I could go from a total newbie to a master of the trade.
And the lesson I learned from this is that success, and ultimately confidence and self-worth, come from practice.
It doesn't matter how much time I spent preparing, learning about the science behind card shuffling, watching tutorials on how other people do it, or visualizing what success looks like. If I didn't practice and persistently keep on practicing, I would not have achieve any result at all.
So the moral of the story is:
learn the one-handed card shuffle, it's fun. Don't be intimidated by seemingly hard things and don't get yourself stuck in the preparation phase.
Just do it, and keep doing it.