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Posted By Ted Baumhauer
Fushigi Ball
Just in case you haven’t seen the infomercial or heard the word Fushig, here is what you find when you Google the word. 
"Magic Gravity Ball is the amazing physics defying ball. Learn to unlock the secrets of Fushigi, to become the master of gravity."
Clicking on the Fushigi site you read that the operator (you) exploits the reflective properties of the sphere and that through specific hand and body isolations the ball appears to move on its own and even float. You are encouraged to buy the Fushigi for $19.99 with the following: "Want to unlock the secrets behind Fushigi? Fushigi will mesmerize the mind, confuse the senses, and blow away your friends."
The truth is that it (Fushigi) is a ball - nothing more nothing less. It isn't the ball that defies gravity it is the skill of the practitioner. I wish I had a nickel for every time someone watched me or another juggler and then tried to get their hands on our props. Somehow they are convinced that it is the props and some magical property they possess that makes them move. It couldn't possibly be the hours and hours of practice the performer has put in. It must be the prop. That is exactly what the Fushigi advertisement wants you to believe. It is a trick and once you know the trick you can blow away your friends.   
How is this like leadership? 
Leadership, like Fushigi (aka contact juggling) and good magic is a skill. It isn't a simple trick done out of sight of the audience. It takes skill. Most, but not all, people can get better and maybe even proficient at the skill. The problem is, that just knowing what to do isn't enough; you must also be able to follow through and do it! In other words you have to have the skill. That part, the doing it, takes practice, hours and hours of practice perhaps over the course of years to become proficient. A teacher/coach can help speed up the learning process greatly but the coach can't make you have the persistence it takes to put in the time to become proficient. No teacher can put in the time for you. You have to do it yourself. 
If you want to be good at contact juggling (Fushigi) get a coach and put in the time to learn as much as you can and to practice. The same goes for becoming a better leader. Become a student, get a coach, take classes and learn from your inevitable mistakes by putting your time in.
Next time we’ll talk about why so many Fushigi balls are being returned to the stores where they were bought. 



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