I recall a day when I was studying for my graduation in Engineering. There was a numerical question on vibrations and most of us were not able to solve it. We went to our topper and asked for his help. He tried a lot but could not solve it. We all decided that this is a question which should be left in choice as even our topper has no solution for this.
Just two days before the written exam, it came to my mind that what will happen if this question is asked in the exam and has no alternative choice? Is it okay to rely on the guidance of the topper when he himself has failed to resolve the problem. I, then, went to our Professor, Dr Bishan Kishore who helped me to find a solution to that problem. And guess what? That question appeared in the examination paper. Those who relied on the guidance of the topper failed to attempt this.
Another case in my mind is the one when I was about to join Vibration Group during the beginning of my career in BHEL. I met 2 persons. One had worked with this Group for sometime, could not manage and left. He suggested me not to join this Group. Another was a low profile person working hard in this Group for last few years, had achieved few important goals and was happy. He wanted me to join. The first one was my friend and the second one was not known to me earlier.
Whose advice to follow? Friend’s or unknown person’s? Since I wanted success in that field, my choice was to listen to the unknown person who was successful and not the friend who was a failure as far as this particular field was concerned.
Friends, quite often in life we listen to those who have failed and are forced to stay away from the success which could have been ours if only we had not listened to them.
Let us decide today that now on-wards we shall take advice from those only who have some level of achievements in the area that we want to explore and will not fall in the trap of those who could not be successful in that area.