Written by: Mary Smith
Most people spend their entire high school and college careers researching, but some stop as soon as their degree is obtained. Either their job doesn’t require them to, or they lose interest in it altogether. We get it, sometimes researching isn’t that fun. It takes time, you have to read and retain facts, and sometimes it is on topics that you aren’t interested in.
However, researching is vital to existence. There are many reasons as to why, but we compiled a short list of the top three reasons why researching is so important.
Knowledge and Growth
When you research, you gain knowledge—knowledge is power. Having knowledge about a vast number of things not only makes you more marketable, but it gets you ready for this week’s trivia night.
All jokes aside, in order to participate in society and the discussions going on around you, you should do your research. You can grow to be a better and smarter person this way. Knowledge from credible sources gives you the tools necessary to make the right choices for your life. Which leads us to…
Making the Right Decisions
Having the knowledge to decide for yourself what your opinion is on every topic is imperative. Don’t be a sheep. Educate yourself on issues that are facing this world right now. No matter what side you decide to stand on, you will be able to hold your head high knowing you did your research and are making the best decision for you that aligns with your ethics.
But it doesn’t stop at your opinions. Research allows you to know so much more about life. If you like working out, research can help to show you the best exercises to do to target each muscle individually. If you want to get a pet, research will show you the best pet or breed to suit your lifestyle and personality.
Research for Business
Research doesn’t only help you in your personal life, it helps you in business. Say, for instance, you are thinking about using a new platform to manage your projects, but you just choose the first one that pops up because you don’t want to spend time researching other programs. You migrate all of your projects to that platform only to find you don’t like it or it doesn’t have the features you need.
Know what you’re doing before investing your time and money into something. Wasting either of those things is not fun for anyone involved, and your team has the potential of being highly annoyed with the many changes you’ll be making now that you realized you don’t like this program.
Research allows you to find the truth. Educate yourself in all aspects of the topics that mean the most to you, even on topics that you may have no interest in! Don’t read just one article and have the assumption that you know all there is to know about that one topic. Read many articles—from varying points on the subject—watch documentaries, go to seminars, and immerse yourself.