Sayings like “Failure breeds success” may not make you feel better when you don’t succeed — but scientists have just proved its best to keep your chin up.
The researchers looked into the science of failure — specifically, the relationship between early failures and the subsequent success of young scientists.
Analyzing the rates of failure, success, and attrition — that is, quitting — in young scientists, the researchers discovered that those who didn’t succeed at first, but “tried, tried again,” ended up becoming successful.
Just don’t get frustrated and quit at the first sign of failure.
“The attrition rate does increase for those who fail early in their careers,” said lead author Yang Wang. “But those who stick it out, on average, perform much better in the long term, suggesting that if it doesn’t kill you, it really does make you stronger.”