Many of us love “The Great British Baking Show.” But it’s also full of lessons for a moral education:
- It is not enough to want to be the best. Preparation, creativity, and execution make all the difference.
- How you recover from setbacks determines your ultimate success.
- Those who do not learn from experience won’t last very long.
- You may be a star this week, but next week you’ll be starting from the same place as everybody else.
- Anyone can create something great. The hard part is to create it on a deadline.
- Your time on the stage is almost certainly shorter than you think it is.
- Don’t wallow in your failure; exult in the experience you had while attempting to succeed.
- Competing well is about being the best among respected competitors, not undermining those competitors.
- The proof of the pudding is in the eating. If it looks great but doesn’t taste great, you’ve failed the most important test.
- The person next to you is struggling, too; give them a hand if you can.
- If you can’t figure out what to do next, try adding more butter or spices.
- Be nimble; what worked in practice may not work the same way when it matters.
- Don’t just assume the oven is on; it only takes a moment to check and be sure.
- It’s a bad idea to put your self-esteem in the hands of a sarcastic and judgmental asshole.
- Too much ambition leads to a fall. Too little does too. Reach just beyond your grasp.
- There are always gaps in the instructions. Don’t whine; fill them with your own experience and imagination.
- Keep bandages nearby. If you hurt yourself, stick one on and keep going.
- Lean into your talents. Because they’re not quite the same as anybody else’s, the results will be unique.
- Diversity — in age, race, gender, and temperament — generates the most creative and varied set of approaches to any problem.
- Regardless of what you eventually create — and whether it was what you hoped it would be — the crew will still eat it in the end.
And finally . . .
There sure are a lot of ways to speak “English” . . .