Despite the potential awkwardness that such a situation would promise, I can definitely put a few near the top of the list... They include the typical, somewhat cliche types of, "hard work, not talent, wins the day"... "You win some, you lose some."... "It's only about the artistry you display, forget about the fast, the crazy, the mind boggling.... whatever!"
Yeah.. but there's more actually.
No matter how hard you work, you're not the best.
I've heard it said other ways too... specifically,
You're not the smartest in the classroom. If you're the smartest in the classroom, you're clearly in the wrong classroom.
And it's true... in a good way of course. If we actually reached the top in whatever, we'd stop learning. Not cool. At all.
And that's why there really are good biffs. I've experienced them, and I'm sure you all have. I mean, regardless of who you are, I deeply hope you have things in your life that you are ridiculously crazy about and literally overflowing with passion for. For me, one of the many just happens to be music... I actually do spend hours biffing one thing, two things, three things... (you name it!) at the keyboard. I'll be the first to admit: making mistakes isn't cool, isn't awesome... isn't fun.. you get my drift. What happens after the mistake though, is the most important part; does it get us down, or do we learn from it?
My music professor is awesome. I'm proud to study with him, and he's become almost like a mentor to me... If you walk into his house, you'll see a myriad of quotes hanging on the kitchen doors that range from stuff like, "growing up is overrated", to more serious things about learning and thinking... to the even better stuff.... which also happen to be the ones I've walked by too fast and therefore have no idea what they say! (So technically, I hope they actually aren't the best ones! ;)) Regardless though, there's one that (while I don't currently remember it word-for-word) talks about mistakes... paraphrased, it says something like, "You'll never learn if you don't make mistakes. Be free with them, and make them frequently." I think it's true. We're bound to make mistakes at the things we put our hands to in our lives, so it remains for us to make the best of them.
And in reality, those are the "Best Type of Biffs". They're the ones that teach us something about what we were doing wrong, and what we can do better... and best of all, we can learn something from every mistake, so hey, let's have at it, right? Just don't repeat those mistakes, right? ;)
"If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes."
Oh yeah.... And some of the stupidest ones I've ever made.... well, uh, does jumping off a roof with a grocery bag parachute count? For REAL, people!!!! Or... how bout the time I started a burn pile with a burning propane torch in one hand and a full gas can in the other hand???