I had a professor in graduate school who was keen to advise us to wallow in the research data. Tremendous advice. I loved spending hours in the stacks at the library looking for novel ideas about my topic. I still operate the same way. When writing up my meeting notes for coaching clients I sometimes get lost in Google searches looking for just the right article to back up an idea we spoke about.
There are three places you can look for details to mine that can add quality to your life and work.
a] Coach yourself to be more curious. Here is some good advice.
b] Drill down into the subjects you’re passionate about. Define drilling down as moving from the general to the specific. That is, divide the general into components and get more information about select components.
c] Know yourself. Use the drill down idea. So for example, you might ask yourself about the role your parents played in who you are. Or you might consider the role of your education, or your friends, or your relatives.