Other handy general hints include:
-Get everything ready and weighed out before you start – you'll need the time later.
-Write down timings etc –keep them for future reference if you're doing this dish again.
-Allow enough time to enjoy the process (and have a margin for error.)
-Any spare money should go on sensible cooking equipment like very sharp knives and sturdy cooking pots, rather than fancy gadgets which you'll only use once. (on the other hand, useful multi-purpose gadgets like food mixers are a great investment.)
To begin with, use a trusted cookery book and follow the recipes meticulously – you'll soon develop your own style, but at first everyone needs guidance.
Don't be put off by failures – have another go.