I was out sailing with a couple guys yesterday and one of the fellows passed me a line and asked me to put a bowline on the end of it.
This guy is 62 years old and has been sailing for 50 years. He is left handed, probably a little dyslexic. His grown sons are boy scout alumni and make fun of the fact that their old man can't tie a bowline.
He has raced, sailed on dozens if not hundreds of boats. This one minor skill has eluded him for fifty years causing great embarrassment.
I told him I was willing to work with him and do whatever it took to get over the hump. I figured if he was able to tie it 50 times in a row he should have it.
So we did just that. I coached him trough a couple dozen till he could do it himself. Then he tied about 50 knots. Then I recommended we have few drinks and make sure he could do it with a little buzz going on.
Once he got so he could do it fast with his eyes closed I had him do it around vertical then horizontal poles and in other awkward positions.
He claims he has it nailed.
Time will tell.
The method I taught is from my youtube video:
I just had to reverse everything to make it for left handed.
Needless to say except for the headache I was pretty pleased with myself.