Subtle changes can indicate a current trend or shift in the world.
Just think about the ultra successful people you know or have read about… people like Einstein, Tesla, Edison, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates etc. They were so in tune with what was going on around them that they could almost predict what was going to happen.
Their observations enabled them to see the subtle changes taking place around them and pointed then in the direction the future would take before it ever took off in that direction.
These subtle changes indicate a modification that could mean a certain industry or market segment is going to change direction. People who are in tune with these subtle changes can predict where those changes are going.
You too can read these changes and apply them to your life.
Observation is the number one element you must learn, especially when trying to accomplish a certain task. whether it’s losing weight, building a business learning how to play a musical instrument, a new hobby or anything else you wish to accomplish. In successfully learning how to do anything; observation is where it all starts.
Here’s a humorous but 100% true story of me putting my powers of observation to work. When I was 15 years old, I was dating a girl, and her dad was taking all of us water skiing. He asked me if I knew how to water ski and I said, “Absolutely!”
In reality, I had no clue how to waterski…but I had watched many other people do it. I know what you’re thinking, “Would observation make you qualified?”
The simple answer is, no it doesn’t make you qualified! But, since I was young I had watched and more importantly “observed” every detail of what people did when they waterskied. I watched and OBSERVED and saw and understood what they did and why they did it.
One of the things I noticed was that people started out by sitting in the water with their ski tips pointing up and out of the water as they waited for the boat to move forward and tighten the tow rope.
I also noticed how the better skiers gripped the handle. They used two hands, one up over and one with one hand under the bar and they held the bar vertically. I correctly surmised that if those who knew what they were doing did it this way, I too should do it this way.
I observed that as the boat was taking off they would lift their hands out of the water to help tighten the rope so they wouldn’t be jerked out of the water by the rope suddenly snapping tight.
Like I said, I noticed everything…even that they always went for the wake, those little waves the boat made and jumped them. What I didn’t realize was that only the advanced skiers did this. Now, it was my turn!
I sat down in the water with my ski tips pointing upward, correctly gripped the bar and pulled to tighten the rope as the boat started to move. I was up on my skis and actually water skiing!!! I head for the wake, jump it, then jump it back…I looked like an experienced skier.
I looked like a pro! I’m jumping back and forth over the wake, holding on with one hand and feeling the water with the other hand. I’m sure the dad was bored towing all those amateur skiers and was finally glad to have a pro on the end of the rope.
So, he takes me on the “advanced” tour. We head for the hydro dam where giant, dangerous whirlpools are created as the water rushes into the turbines to power them. We threaded our way around them at top speed, if I fell and was sucked into one of them I wouldn’t be here to write this.
I’m scared to death of dying and worried that I might have an accident in my pants! Only I know this is the first time I’ve ever skied.
All ended fine, and everyone thought I was a real skier. Later on I told him that it was my first time skiing—he didn’t believe me.
I did it all by careful observation of what they did, how they did it, when they did it and why they did it.
Here’s another, “power of observation” story.