Archive for January, 2010

Measure it, but on the proper axis

January 2, 2010

      We all know the concept of Axis. It is the same co-ordinate geometry concept that i am talking about. Wikipedia defines it as the Reference line of a Cartesian Co-Ordinate system. Traditionally Cartesian Co-Ordinate system defines 2-D (X-Y) and 3-D (X-Y-Z) systems.

X-Y-Z

      How do we measure our achievements? Well, ‘achievements’ is a very big word to use, let me rephrase it. How do we assess the results obtained by the work we are doing.

      While answering this question, most of us compare it with ‘standards’ set in that particular field. Well, even in physics the quantity of everything is expressed by comparing with an established ‘standard’. For e.g. the weight of any physical entity is expressed as “object ‘A’ is x times heavier than object ‘B’ “, where A is the object whose weight we are interested to measure and B is the standard whose weight is well known and the credibility of which is accepted.

      Enough of scientific explanation and let me come to the main point. It is fine to measure the attributes of an object by comparing with other objects. But is it correct to follow the same approach when it comes to measuring ourselves. Let me take an example and explain. One prominent example that comes to mind is: Researchers and Entrepreneurs. There is no denying of the fact that both are extremely intelligent. After coming out of universities, both focus their resources in different directions. While one focuses the intelligence and time in the research, the other into running the business. Now the resources are getting focused in different directions and hence require different axes (the plural for axis). So it is very important to place them on two different axes.

      The axis introduced here represents everything. ‘Everything’ includes the time and energies invested, the interests in the opted direction, the interpretation of results etc etc. Hence it is very important to find out the exact axis before assessing ourselves. Before proceeding further let me make it clear that whatever is being discussed over here is strictly applicable for each individual to do self analysis and not for others’ assessment.

      It is absolutely not possible to compare the measurements obtained on these two different axes. Even if an attempt is made to compare these measurements, it will merely serve academic purpose and nothing else. Comparing the amount of research work done with that of business achievements is nothing but stupidity.

      There are innumerable examples in every walk of life where the differences in nature of work are to be considered and hence needs to be placed on different axes. In fact the example given above is a very obvious example where the distinction in the focus of resources is clearly visible. There are many cases where such clear cut obvious distinction is not visible. One needs to make a lot deeper analysis of their opted field to ‘discover’ their axis. It is very difficult for me to give such examples because it might not convince everyone in the cases where the distinctions are very murky and not easy to sight. But I guess, by now you would have understood the essence of the point being made. It is up to the individuals to explore the correct axis into which they fit into.

      In short: since the amount of success majorly depends on the time and effort (resources) an individual puts in, it is very important that we focus the resources fully in the correct direction. The reverse interpretation of the statement is also very true. Since the resources have been majorly invested in a particular direction, it is very important to assess the results only in that particular direction and not in any other. I guess the meaning of an axis can be visualized by properly combining these two statements.

      What if you have tried enough to figure out the axis that fits you, but failed? What if your case might not fit into any established axes? Don’t worry. Why restrict yourself to the traditional 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional co-ordinate system. The space is infinite. Define a new dimension that fits exactly to your needs. Got what I am trying to say. Why always be a trend follower. If your way doesn’t fir any trend, be the trend setter. Thousands will soon follow you. The new axis created by you will soon be shared by others!!!!!!!!!

      Well one more example I would like to present. This example might not give any value addition to the main focus of the article, but it is definitely worth reading this article from Vir sanghvi on the ‘madman’ theory just from a GK point of view. India and Pakistan both got independence at the same time. The present state of affairs for both the countries results back from the direction of the focus of resources. While India focused the resources on development, Pak did it in a totally different direction. From the madman article, it is quite clear that Pak focused its intelligence (mind you, the madman strategy is a truly brilliant one) in this peculiar way. But what purpose does it serve today? Sure they might have disguised themselves for some time. Sooner or later everything will be decoded and will be exposed. That time, all the effort (if at all any effort is put in) will go in vain.