Research: I’ve just randomly decided there’s three reasons people start to do research: Fear, Fact, or Fascination.
1. Fear – I think it’s best to avoid research triggered by fears alone. Period. I wonder if this is the most common reason people do research. Let’s say you want to be more adventurous in the outdoors. Googling “How many people are killed by bears annually?” is not a good starting point.
2. Fact – Research information that has a relevance to your life and interests. Don’t bother with other facts because unless you are really searching for answers that have an impact in your life, you’ll just fill your mind with stuff, true and untrue. You’ll have no reason to dig further into it, to clarify the truth of what you learn. It then becomes clutter that your mind simply doesn’t need. But relevant facts? Like how to get to the West Coast Trail and what to bring – Good stuff.
3. Fascination – Ya, do this. Research topics that light a spark, tweak your interest, trigger a yearning, make you feel excited… go. Play in that realm of learning! I think this is the one that leads to the best discoveries of all, and to the facts to support you if you chose to pursue that interest. And sure, if there’s something scary you discover in the process.. like that bears might be where you want to explore… by the time you find that info, it’s not going to stop you. The passion, the inspiration, the motivation won’t let you stop because of a little thing like a bear.
Who knows why I used ‘bears’ as the ‘sample topic.’ Heck, my hiking friends get annoyed with me because I wish to see a bear! (That has not always been true, though.. you’d have to search a few posts back to read my bear story)