Don't be shy
Hustle. Hustle. Hustle.
Observe & Collect
Become a geek of every detail within your panorama, fill your head to the brim with observations.
Experience needs to be lived
It cannot be downloaded. Get out there and try something out.
Experience the research
Quit relying on the computer when you are making a story/idea. What kind of a good idea can it be if you are unable to see, feel or experience the research.