On becoming a better researcher

"Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things." - Denis Diderot, Pensées Philosophiques
I believe the ways we become better researchers only come through self-reflection and meditating upon the arguments and principles behind what we do - not the simple acts of doing those things themselves. What makes good work that we find satisfying, engaging, morally clear, and even effective for whatever purpose or value we put forward can only come as we contemplate and fully realize the effects of what we're doing.