Terry Moore is the director of the Radius Foundation, a forum for exploring and gaining insight from different worldviews
At 50 yrs old, Terry discovered he (and most people) have learned to tie their shoes wrong. If you pull on the laces at the base of the knot, the incorrect common knot will turn vertically along the shoe. This is a weaker form of the bow.
The key is when turning around the loop, go the opposite way to normal. This will yield a stronger knot, and will make it align across the shoe.
As Terry concludes, sometimes a small advantage sometime in life will yield extraordinary results.