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If at first you don't succeed, try, try again

Keep trying, and you will succeed

More than 180 years ago, in 1840, Thomas H. Palmer published the prize essay "The Teacher's Manual: Being an Exposition of an Efficient and Economical System of Education, Suited to the Wants of a Free People". The book can be read for free at Google Play.


In his essay, Thomas wrote the very famous #motivational proverb:


'Tis a lesson you should heed, Try, try again; If at first you don't succeed, Try, try again;


(Some people also argue that it was William Edward Hickson who wrote it four years (1936) earlier in his book "The Singing Master", but I wasn't able to find the text in the book.)


Now, 180 years later I will follow the proverb and try try again with a website and blog. Back in February 2013, I was encouraged by a collaborator to start about my work and my travels. Over the following 3 years, I wrote 76 posts, not a lot when you consider the timespan ;-) and the last post I wrote was in October 2016.


I hope this second attempt will more of a success. If not, then maybe I should follow W.C Field's alleged quote:


If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Then quit.

There's no point in being a damn fool about it.


Back in 2013-2016, when I was actually writing from time to time, I actually had more reads and interactions at the blog than I would have expected. It was fun, and considering how many interesting things I have experienced through work since then, then I hope the reads and interactions can be increased again :-)


Don't expect my writings to be all about work. It will most likely also be about my family and friends, my travels, pretty pictures or whatever is on my mind. This new year of 2020 is not only the beginning of a new decade for me but also a restart of old good habits and about creating new ones. I don't really believe in New Year Resolutions, but let me anyways make late one here, I will try to make this website a success so I don't need to quote W.C. Fields in some years time.


Tell me in the comments, which New Year's resolutions did you have for 2020?

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Bent Petersen

University of Copenhagen
GLOBE Institute
Section for Evolutionary Genomics
Øster Farimagsgade 5
1353 Copenhagen K
DENMARK

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