In truth, the reason made so many errors was because they really didn't want to be writing the paper in the first place. They had no real desire to write a mistake-free paper, rather they just wanted to survive it as best they could. They certainly didn't view my marks as a learning experience, in the same way I don't view running injuries as a reminder to train differently. As much as the devil is in the details, the details don't matter unless there's a driving force.
I thought of this today because I noticed my Senior Class officers seem caught in the details of their future projects. How many people will attend, what will we charge, what about potential problems etc. that they forget the real driving force behind things is more than just details. Homecoming was a success because it was branded as the thing to do that week. Almost half the student body attended because it was the Homecoming dance. The KickOff game worked because we combined the "kick off" of the season with the "kick off" of the school with the memorial of 9/11. It was about everyone coming together; way more than just football. In both cases, the key was to build up the cause, and the details came later. Going forward, if we're going to start new traditions, it can't just be about great details, it needs to be about why.