Observe to be successful
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.