SEE THINGS FROM A DIFFERENT ASPECT. DON'T BE AFRAID OF MAKING A MISTAKE. AFTER MUCH TRIAL AND ERROR, YOU WILL REACH UNEXPECTED NEW FINDINGS.
One of our main research topics is the study on "multiferroics": a class of functional materials showing unusual couplings between magnetism and electricity. In the 20th century, such materials were quite rare. When I participated in the American Physical Society meeting in 2001, I firstly heard the term "multiferroics". There, several theorists explained why there are so few multiferroics in nature. Since I am an experimentalist, I decided to experimentally demolish the theoretical negative suggestion, and jumped in the research field. To develop new functional materials, sometimes go against common sense and don't be afraid of making a mistake. After much trial and error, you will reach unexpected new findings.