Last March, I set up a booth at my son’s school carnival to demonstrate and sell yoyos. I’ve been meaning to say something I observed ever since, and am finally getting around to it. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the next carnival is a month away?
If you can throw a sleeper, you can do something most people cannot. If you can do ANY tricks, you are way ahead of the game. It’s easy to feel discouraged when you look at the trick list, or look at the great videos that wonderfully talented people post so often for our enjoyment. My advice is: don’t be discouraged! Not only will you get much much better as you continue to practice, but you ALREADY have a skill that takes a lot of work to get.
I had forgotten this, since it had been so long since I was a beginner (24 years or so?). I was ready to show off my limited skills with some embarrassment at my limitations. But when I was reminded how people struggle to throw straight, and to get the yoyo to return to the hand, I realized my mission was much simpler.
You are good at things. Yoyo is one of those things. Remember it!