I try to take an evidence-based approach to decision-making and life in general.
In practice this means, before I charge off and do something completely stupid, I investigate, check, and plan as far as is practical.
Does this mean that I procrastinate, or spend forever gazing at my navel? Not at all. This means that I, more often than not, succeed the first time at whatever I do. It also means that I have never forgotten my helmet when I prepare to go off-road motorcycle riding.
In saying that, no one is perfect (is there a universal definition?) and neither am I. I make mistakes, plenty of them. More than I’d like and care to admit. But I am determined to learn from my mistakes and to not repeat them.
But wait, there’s more. Not only do I learn from my mistakes, I also try to learn from the mistakes or lessons of others by performing research; why rediscover the wheel?