"The proof of the pudding is in the eating" is as simple as it gets. Give people, and yourself, a chance to prove your efforts were justified, even in risky situations, by tasting the pudding.
|Don't give up hard work until you get a chance to taste the pudding!|
Is the end result good? Does it eventually taste good... even after having been a "cooking mess" for a long time?
Sometimes it makes sense to try the pudding even before it's ready to eat, during preparation or while in the oven to assess whether baking is over. Then be prepared to say it's not good enough and don't loose that chance to improve it!