Sunday, March 12, 2006

Mixed Prop Event & Taking Creativity To The Next Level

I have had some interesting conversations about my last post so first I'm going to clarify one of my better thoughts from it, then I'll reiterate my main point.

I 100% believe that a technically oriented, mixed prop event would be an amazing addition to the WJF competition. If competitors were allowed to use a head bounce ball, bean bags, clubs, and rings in any combination they desired, they could come up with some great tricks and amazing routines. No need for music, no need for choreography, and no need to smile or be funny. Just technical juggling of different props. It could be a "best mixed prop best trick event."

That said, I'm going to again suggest that the WJF introduce a competition for creative juggling. I know what you're thinking. The WJF was created by Jason Garfield to get away from that. True, and it has. Technical juggling is a THING now. It's here and it has it's place. It's been on ESPN2 and will be on again this spring. The WJF has revitalized juggling and brought it to the masses through sport television media.

This is the perfect opportunity for Jason Garfield to capitalize on his success by taking creativity to the next level (tm).

For all that Jason has done to distance himself from creative performances, he remains a businessman. Just imagine how much more money Jason could make if he decided to give creative juggling performances a spot in his competitions. He would attract both the top technical and top creative performers to one place. There is no doubt in my mind that this event would be THE juggling event of the year.

The WJF can do more for creative juggling than the IJA becuase it can be broadcasted on ESPN2, and Jason Garfield can make more money from his business if he were to embrace creativity. Win-win.

Quotes of the Day

Success and failure are largely self-defined in terms of personal standards. The higher the self-standards, the more likely will given attainments be viewed as failures, regardless of what others might think.

Ironically, it is the talented who have high aspirations, which are possible but exceedingly difficult to realize, who are especially vulnerable to self-dissatisfaction despite notable achievements.

The satisfactions people derive from what they do are determined to a large degree by their self-evaluative standards. A sure way of inducing self-discouragement and a sense of personal inadequacy is to judge one's ongoing performances against lofty, global, or distal goals. ~Albert Bandura


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