Even if it may sound a bit weird, analytics and circus have more in common that you would expect. At least in terms of mindset and skills to develop, I really see some interesting similarities. Probably, it happens the same thing with music- Unfortunately I cannot play any instruments, but apparently I have the looks 🙂
I like juggling and analytics. And what it’s around as well.
When I juggle or i.e. I track something complex for the first time, I can do things that one time in the past I even thought I would not be able to do. It’s mainly about practice and eagerness to learn.
When I juggle (or I do analytics) always -and actually is always- I can learn something new, and have a new challenge to face new problems, or situations I have not faced before. And it nurtures -among other things- the which to exceed oneself, the curiosity or the creativity in the approach. At some point, dealing with new things becomes part of everyday life.
There isn’t just a right way to juggle in terms of posture, the way you open your hands etc. Same thing in Analytics. There are different alternatives and approaches depending on what you do at a specific moment. I have learnt to be flexible enough depending on the context, with a focus on solving the problem/trick.
Juggling is a social thing. Most jugglers are pretty easy going and sociable. Juggling let you meet and interact with like minded people, with whom you normally share more things.
Same thing in Analytics, assuming you attend regularly to conferences or events for us.
It happens to me all the time that the balls fall down. And it happens because I am constantly pushing myself up, trying new stuff out of my comfort zone. But finally I manage to learn and do the trick correctly, and each time in less time. The willingness to progress and doing well more complex things is what define your progress. And it also happens in Analytics.
Attending a juggling contention is fun. Attending Measure Bowling, Measure Camp or the ‘celebration’ at the Adobe Summit is fun as well. Same thing with some MeetUps. I have had always a good time and also had the chance of meeting new people, some of them becoming friends later.