As a teacher of Chinese calligraphy, an art form that is difficult to master, I like to remind my students that it is better to write one or two characters well than fill pages with flawed characters.
As a master of flaws, I had to learn from my own mistakes. I am more humble now and pace one step at a time rather than take great leaps. I can no longer afford the falls.
I find knitting to be therapeutic and a great teacher. I no longer attempt complicated projects. As Sunzi, the greatest Chinese strategist assert, victory is assured when you know yourself and know your opponent. Now I stay with the simplest of stitches and when I yearn for variety, I simply repeat the same theme with a different yarn, or rearrange basic stitches to create new patterns with the same yarn. Sometimes I insert a few lines of contrast if the theme begins to bore.