You can confidently support your hunches, beliefs, proposals, hypotheses, and arguments with hard research data and are able to cite specific research sources. Research is the seeking of facts or principles in a scientific manner. In the spirit of empiricism, research provides evidence for the causes and outcomes of phenomena. It is pursued as inquiry, with hope of new discoveries in science, technology, energy, environment, human behavior, health, and most other fields of human endeavor.
All decisions entail risk; research is helpful in minimizing risk. Studies are informative, but not necessarily definitive. For each study that proves a concept, another can easily be constructed to immediately disprove it. Research models also tend to be intellectually confining, inviting you to revisit the past rather than anticipate the future. To be effective and move things forward, you need to be both well-informed and intuitive. Thus, both research and good judgment are required in your decisions.
It is more adaptive to be able to find and use information stored in diverse locations than to memorize large quantities of data. In today’s data-driven world, such research abilities will serve you well. You can be satisfied with quick answers, or you can probe more deeply in search of root causes of root causes. The depth of your questioning is more important than the answers you obtain.
Inquisitiveness, curiosity, and questioning motivate your exploration, investigation, research, and learning. Use evidence-based research findings and your own deep insights to formulate your worldview and guide your self-development. You will discover external and internal influences on your thoughts, feelings, and behavior. You will identify your strengths, areas needing improvement, and actions needed to attain your goals. You will make intelligent life choices that serve your best interests.
You will self-actualize, and self-transcend.