Just read this post (Waylaka, on Abby's Yarns
) about how a traditional society trains its children; interesting contrast to our own society, where people often learn to do things in a half-assed manner, and if you really want to learn to do something well you either have to know to ask (and know who to ask), and/or figure it out on your own with the help of a book.
I agree with one of the commenters; I'm very suspicious of praise of an effort I know to be not up to par. On the other hand, I'll admit to having an easily-bruised ego. But you have to work through that and just keep plugging at it until you get where you want to be.