Try to learn from your mistakes

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 December, 2008, 12:00am

Recently, I was put in charge of ordering food for my fellow band members. I always thought it was an easy job.

But I did not realise there were so many things that could go wrong. For example, I didn't consider the additional expenses for polystyrene boxes, hot drinks and other items.

My teacher was disappointed and felt I could have done better. I don't like disappointing people who expect me to do well.

Leung Yuen-shan, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Yuen-shan. The only people in the world who don't make mistakes are those who do nothing.

If we remember this we can accept our mistakes more easily. The fact that you don't like disappointing people is a good thing because you will always try your best. That is what is important - trying your best.

Very few people get things right the first time. Next time you order the food, you will be more prepared and it will be easier.

Don't be too hard on yourself. You can be sad long after everyone else has forgotten your error, and that is only going to hurt you. You have learned from your mistakes. Value that experience.

Susan, Editor