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Peyton- Research and the Importance of Failure

Thomas Edison tried nearly 2000 different filaments for his light bulb before one finally worked. Bill Gates said, "It's fine to celebrate success, but even more important to heed the lessons of failure".   My research over the past few weeks has enabled me to experience this lesson first-hand.

While testing and tweaking my hypothesis this week, I have performed a variety of different tests, many of which have failed.  However, I consider these failures to be even more important than those experiments that succeed.   I have learned from them and as a result, I've tried something different.   Failure is an important (and common) part of the scientific process.

Over the next few weeks, I hope that I can apply the lessons that I've learned.   I look
forward to sharing some of these lessons with my mentor this week and bouncing some new ideas around with him.   I always feel inspired to get back to work after our conversations.

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