I think that's how many people start out. The smart ones keep going after the fish dies and try to solve the problem instead of just doing the same things over and over expecting better results (madness?). Sometimes you have to make the tough mistakes to learn right?
I know I had a goldfish in a bowl as my first pet at age 6. Ironically she lived for a year in that bowl, died only when my dad sprayed for bugs one weekend. But I loved that fish, so now here I am years later with a much better grasp of fish-care. In fact I still love goldies, so now I have 4 of them in a nice 50g pond in the backyard
An I pamper them like they are puppies =x