Akshay PunnooseMrs. LennonDebate I07 March 2013Original Oratory Speech Final DraftI still remember retrieving the crumbled piece of paper. I opened it up to find the most inspirational words that would stay with me for the rest of my life. It stated in plain black print "The errors that you make aren't what count, but identifying them and resolving them do." I turned the thin slip of paper around to see if it had anything else important to say. On the back I saw a more astounding message. "Lucky numbers: 13, 27, 45, 69." If you didn't understand, that slip of paper was from a Chinese fortune cookie. But my message isn't regarding my Chinese food that day, or even about my terrible digestion afterwards. But it pertains to the idea that I found inside that fortune cookie. People make mistakes every day, some of them very minor, and some of them extremely harmful. From a very young age we are taught to always to do the right thing. Today, I am here to talk about how you can achieve the full potential from each of your mistakes. But before we head there I want to make clear why we hate mistakes, "blame-shifting", and why mistakes actually are the stepping stones to happiness.