Get a mentor, would ya.
I have had the honor of working with a great scientist and to him, I can't be any more grateful. He has taught and allowed me to work on his research which later became my own. He has given me the passion for research and the power of knowledge.
If you don't have a mentor, go find one.
I always get asked how did I learn to do this. and I always say the same thing...by doing it.
But I was given the opportunity to do by my mentor: Dr. Paul Shapshak
Dr. Shapshak you rock!