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Without realising, our goals often originate from an outside source, such as societal pressure or a promotion at work. This works well in the short term, but only if the external rewards feel satisfying.
In contrast, asking ourselves a question is more effective than giving ourselves an order because it leads to intrinsic motivation. We are motivated to reach a goal in and for itself.
Published in 1979, Advice to a Young Scientist is a practical and philosophical guide to curious people engaged in exploratory activities.
The author, Peter Medawar, was a Nobel Prize-winning biologist, and a lively, witty writer. The book had several key insights for young explorers so that they don’t get lost in their journey.
This means that when you form an opinion, you make a list of conditions that would change your mind.
That keeps you honest, because once you get attached to an opinion, it’s really hard to let go. But if you identify factors that would change your mind up front, you keep yourself flexible.
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