“Let the data be the star”

These were the words my uni tutor spoke reviewing the findings of my research last month. The data gathering process for any research initiative should dispel or validate any previous assumptions made.

By going through the process of research, from informal to academic, the one thing that stands out is how I can be so wrong. Long gone are the days of being a young adult filled with bravado and know-it-all zeal. The data will show you the way of the truth and humble you.

There are also times when your gut-feel prevails and the data loses to your intuition. This feels good.

The key is knowing how to balance the findings from the data and fill in the gaps with your gut. Let the data be the star, and your gut be the…






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