The most important piece of equipment I have in my kitchen is a fire extinguisher. There is a great freedom in pushing something to its limit. Well, there is also a lot of fear too... but I digress. My biggest cooking lesson came from burning a dish. I lost the fear of heat and the fear of being a social outcast. Learn from your mistakes. Now I now how a mistake sounds, smells, tastes and looks. It tastes really awful.
If you don't make a good dish, make a good story. Just keep the fire extinguisher handy so it doesn't become a very big story. This does not apply when you are in a professional kitchen. They won't keep you around long enough to have really good stories.
Happy Day After Canada Day!