I had to wrap my head around this

I spent nearly six years in Los Angeles earning my PhD in neuroscience, a pursuit in which, as my father has observed, one of the most important lessons was how to fail. That is, how to try something really difficult, fail miserably and yet not let it ruin my confidence or determination.It’s really tough; there are many low points involving disastrous experiments, failed hypotheses, manuscript rejections, impossible deadlines, self-doubt, financial instability, unsuccessful defenses and general frustration. It’s hard not to take it personally when your ideas get ripped apart and your approach criticized. My mentors and professors trained me to be persistent, to have patience, to change a single variable while holding the others constant and try again and again a hundred times until I make things work. While this…

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