Architectural profession, like many others, is a learning process in which most practices grow and move forward in trial-and-error approaches only to become competent after many years in a steep learning curve. I am still learning, and I have been making lots of mistakes along the way. In fact, I have learned a great deal more through difficult experiences than through all the moments where life was comfortable. I quote here a well-known saying of Mencius, a Confusion philosopher:
"When heaven is about to confer a great responsibility on any man, it will exercise his mind with suffering, subject his sinews and bones to hard work, expose his body to hunger, put him to poverty, place obstacles in the paths of his deeds, so as to stimulate his mind, harden his nature, and improve wherever he is incompetent."