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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.

Lokesh Rai

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34 Responses

  1. True, but sometimes I do talk to people who have failed … just to make sure what NOT to do, to achieve or suceessful in specific goal…this has helped me in past. And yes you need very strong desire and will power to achieve your goal

  2. Your Guru shouldn’t only be better than you but should be best in the field in which you are seeking advise from him , Failure may not be critera for selection of Guru, some times even Failures can give better advise because of their long experience in the field, Gurus also go on changing depending your expertise you achieve and level of operation you acquire

    1. Mr Dubey.. excellent.. it is true that one finds Guru based on his own expertise and level.. typically it depends on one’s mental, physical and spiritual level and destiny discover appropriate Guru/master.

      But the key is openess to except and acknowledge the need to learn more and desire to find someone who knows much more than you. However ofter , one gets in the illusion of knowing all specially after achieving something and that is biggest hurdle for progress.

      IMO it is important to be open to learn at every stage of life and willingness to accept that someone knows much more than me, irrespective of age/experience etc. one should not spend time is ascertaining capabilities of Guru.. every one has something unique.. learn and move ahead in life

      1. Very true Sanjay.
        I agree.
        In fact we can learn a lot from our failures or from the failures of others. The problem is when one stops exploring on the advise of those who could not be successful in some particular field. Wright brothers could invent aeroplanes because they did not listen to the top most professor who had failed to invent planes.
        Keep exploring in areas where others have failed is the key to innovation.

      2. Very true Sanjay. I agree with you.
        In fact we can learn a lot from our own failures or from the failures of others. The problem initiates when one stops exploring on the advise of those who could not get success in some particular field. Wright brothers could invent aeroplanes because they did not believe in what others were concluding at that time. One of the professors who had hafty grants from government and other sources had concluded after his experimental trials that flying for human beings is IMPOSSIBLE.
        For being successful and innovative, it is necessary to keep exploring in the areas where others have failed.

  3. Very true Sanjay.
    I agree.
    In fact we can learn a lot from our failures or from the failures of others. The problem is when one stops exploring on the advise of those who could not be successful in some particular field. Wright brothers could invent aeroplanes because they did not listen to the top most professor who had failed to invent planes.
    Keep exploring in areas where others have failed is the key to innovation.

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