Ob­serve to be suc­cess­ful

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide - - FRONT PAGE - Prof DC Sharma

Inever knew what a won­der­ful power a per­son hav­ing a keen sense of ob­ser­va­tion has till my teacher taught me the skills when I was just a ten­der teenager. And it was sim­ply be­cause of the de­vel­op­ment of this po­ten­tial power, I could achieve what­ever I had made up my mind to get. Be­lieve it or not, wher­ever I went to con­tests, I was al­ways a win­ner. And when­ever I had wanted to con­vince some­one, I would al­most al­ways win. My keen power of ob­ser­va­tion had al­ways stood by me at what­ever rung of my ca­reer lad­der I might be.

Just ob­serve your past. Now you might be think­ing 'had I done this' or 'had I done that'. I would have been this and that. You did not do this or that ear­lier sim­ply be­cause you never paid due at­ten­tion to the power of ob­ser­va­tion. You of­ten make a cur­sory glance at the job va­can­cies. And you of­ten miss to ap­ply for the most suit­able ones too. Why not de­vote time to ob­serve well where suit­able va­can­cies ex­ist. And as you start do­ing that, more doors to more job av­enues shall flung open be­fore you. Then alone will you re­alise that how much pow­er­ful a keen ob­ser­va­tion be.

I have not only my­self ben­e­fited from this tremen­dous en­ergy pool, but had helped so many guid­ing them to make use of it, to be what they in­tended to be. One of my friends who had re­cently re­tired as an IAS of­fi­cer came to spend his sum­mers with us. He sur­prised my grand­son telling him my won­der thun­der tal­ents: "Son, your grand­fa­ther had ca­su­ally ad­vised me to count the steps of the stair case which I was as­cend­ing while go­ing to face my IAS viva voice. And lo! Mcy keen sense of ob­ser­va­tion stood by me in my tough se­lec­tion too!"

King Solomon was sim­ply em­pha­sis­ing the power of ob­ser­va­tion when he had de­clared: "The wise man's eyes are in his head, not in his el­bows or his feet." Even the great English prose writer John Ruskin had well said, "Hun­dreds of peo­ple can talk for one who can think; but thou­sands can think for him who can see." It is only when an em­ployee can make the best use of his eyes, and can ob­serve what needs to be seen, and how it needs to be done that he can make a won­der­ful im­pres­sion upon his boss and can thus reach the top rung of his ca­reer. But the one who lacks this power of ob­ser­va­tion can never even dream of reach­ing the top at all.

It may look odd if some­one ad­vises us to ob­serve our sur­round­ings wher­ever we work, pass by, or travel. But the re­al­ity is sim­ply dif­fer­ent. To ob­serve doesn't mean that you should ob­serve minutely the hand­some/beau­ti­ful faces of the passersby with­out fail. That may rather bring you dis­grace, if your in­tegrity turns doubt­ful and is ob­served un­der a scan­ner. What you should ac­tu­ally ob­serve is what the passerby seems to have achieved and how you feel she/he might have achieved. Or whether the passerby seems to have missed the op­por­tu­nity to achieve his/her cov­eted goal. Such acts of ob­ser­va­tion will sim­ply help you build your own ca­reer on a prac­ti­cally sound foot­ing pro­vided you have ac­quired the fine art of per­fect ob­ser­va­tion.

Learn­ing the fine art of ob­ser­va­tion is not at all a tough. It is as sim­ple as a cup of tea. All it needs is to have an in­tense de­sire to ob­serve. Once you have that you will see how keenly you start ob­serv­ing. But you can't ob­serve ev­ery­thing while you are driv­ing. You can do it well while you are hav­ing a walk or in a free mood. When you ob­serve the what, when why, how, and who about a per­son/em­ployee, you are surely mak­ing an ob­ser­va­tion.

Just look at ev­ery­thing with a see­ing eye. Go into deeper de­tails where you feel some­thing lies deep be­hind the mat­ter. While you are ob­serv­ing, just be po­lite, never rude at all. There is cer­tainly a vast dif­fer­ence be­tween see­ing some­thing and look­ing at some­thing. Once you de­velop this power of ob­ser­va­tion you will prac­ti­cally see how many fresh job av­enues shall be there flung open be­fore you. Then you only need to de­cide well and en­ter any suit­able job.

There is a method to reap the ben­e­fits of ob­ser­va­tion. You must never be in hot haste to ob­serve and ap­ply at once what­ever you feel you have learnt. You are ac­tu­ally go­ing to learn only if you are sure that it will ben­e­fit you. It is well said that we must think be­fore we leap. Like a lion who would see his own re­flec­tion in the water of the well into which he was ob­serv­ing, you must not jump into with­out a sec­ond thought. The sec­ond thought, even a third thought is al­ways ben­e­fi­cial even when you are sure that you are go­ing to reap the ben­e­fits. Who knows where you will find the hur­dles, if you are not go­ing to ob­serve and an­a­lyse. So be cool and cal­cu­lated be­fore you take the steps even though slowly and grad­u­ally.

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