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We admire successful and ‘talented’ people for their ability to make the difficult seem effortless, beautiful. It’s easy to think that these gifts are God-given. But behind any mastery are hundreds or thousands of hours of practice and failure. To be good at something we have to be willing to be bad at it, for a long time, and it is vital to not only accept failure but to embrace it. Last year I took up tumbling classes at the age of 40, something I’d wanted to do since I was young. In the hopes of spreading the joy of practice and a willingness to persevere despite setback, here is a compilation of me trying to do some basic tumbles and failing magnificently. When you fall over, get back up and do it again. Eventually, you’ll nail it.