Great post Jayyo.
It just reminds me of how I live. Yes, I am a great audio engineer. I’ve seen the world and worked with some of the greatest entertainers of all time(and many not so greats). I’ve literally been a key player in making sure hundreds of millions of people have been entertained. Of course, I’ve been doing this for 30 years too.
Every show, there’s something new to learn. Always some new challenge, or some little oddity to gain knowledge and experience from. Even doing the same show 2 nights in a row, there’s always something new to learn. Sure, walking away from a show each night with a big bag of cash is fun, but if you can’t take away some sort of knowledge, then really,what’s the point? I am constantly looking to improve my craft.
There are two stages:
First, there is the stage where we are learning stuff so we can be proficient at something.
Then there is the second stage, where we can use what we have previously learned and use that to do what it is we want to do, but to also use that knowledge to go above and beyond. For example, I had to use a a mic splitter to steal phantom power so I could bypass the failed phantom power supply so I could use the measurement mic for my RTA. The first mic splitter, that transformer will NOT pass phantom power. Fortunately, I have another kind that, personally I like better anyways, DID pass phantom power.
It’s no different with yoyo. I’m in the first phase now and may be for quite some time. I’m a bit overly analytical, so it may take me a while to get through that as I’m trying to break down the tricks even further than are necessary, but that’s how my mind works. At some point, I am looking forward to where I can do combos and have some real fun. Once I’m proficient at that, I am hoping by then I will enter the second phase where I can make up my own stuff and have even better enjoyment.
In general, we should all never stop learning. We should always strive to improve who we are and/or what we do. I find these little challenges make things much more enjoyable for me.
But, Jayyo, a word of wisdom:
You are NOT the best yoyo’er ever. There’s always someone else. And they may be watching YOU! However, its good to have your kind of mindset and confidence. I like your playing style and how you play with confidence. Your performance videos are very well done as far as showing what you’re doing. Who knows how many people you’ve inspired to improve and continue.