Inside the Mindset of Nick Gallagher

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 NICK GALLAGHER // @NickGallagher42 // Sweets Kendamas Pro

-Why did you choose to do 28trickslater?

I chose to do it because kendama is important to me and I wanted to make it through the challenge two years in a row. I'm a Sweets Pro and I felt like I had to own up to it! I also know the majority of the community enjoys more interaction, and through this challenge I was able to interact with them every day.

- What does 28 tricks later mean to you?

It's a chance to test yourself in the most fun way possible. Yeah, it's going to be hard no matter what to film a trick everyday, but at least this is a challenge that revolves around kendama. Kendama is fun and something I'm really passionate about, and 28trickslater just reminds me why I stay committed to this toy (although, it also reminds me about the reasons why I hate it... film grinds are stressful!).

- What type of characteristics / benefits did 28 Tricks later show you about yourself? How did it push you?

I noticed my discipline. The need to be able to film and occasionally edit a clip every single day helped me stay focused with not only kendama but with school as well. I knew I had to be driven enough to make time for filming and I was able to pull it off. Perseverance played a big factor in this month, because as we all do, I had moments where I really just didn't want to do this anymore. However, all it takes is just a little push and it works out.

- Do you see failure as beneficial? why or why not?

Well, yes and no. This year, I did not because there were one or two times where I put up a trick I hated and there was no benefit in that. I just needed to get a trick fast since I had other things going on. However, last year I held myself to an extremely high standard and thought I had to practically hit a banger every single day. In that sense, I failed a lot last year because I was always hitting below my expectations. This time around, though, I knew that getting a trick up was all that mattered regardless if it was a "banger" or not. It made this challenge a lot more relaxing and I had fun doing it most days. I didn't feel the pressure of having to hit a "worthy" trick.

- Do you feel like you leveled up as a player? why or why not?

Yes! 28trickslater got me to do various types of tricks and I know I improved in some areas where I used to hardly even touch prior to this challenge.

-Was it worth the grind?

It always is. That sense of accomplishment when you hit the last trick on day 28 makes it all worthwhile. The community gets stoked, you're stoked, and everyone is just glad that it's over. It's a great feeling.

If you could give one "mindset" tip to those looking to take on the challenge what would it be?

It's important to take it one day at a time. 28 tricks is a lot of tricks... possibly more than the average kendama player films in one year. However, if you just focus on the day that you're on, the month moves by quicker than you'd think. You start to get into a routine, and although you might hate it at some points, it's just apart of the process. Nobody said it was going to be easy, it is a challenge after all.

I would also like to add that it's not worth stressing over what other people are going to think of your tricks. I had that problem last year and held myself to such a high standard, making this challenge a lot more stressful than it should have. This time around it went smoothly because I didn't worry too much about that. You're not going to hit a banger (to your standards) every day. That's just impossible. However, just posting every day is enough, because everyone who attempts the challenge is in it together. There is going to be support from other players no matter what you do. We all just trying to finish!


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