Select best professional About Me
Many people think that they can select a good teacher
or an institute by talking to him for an hour or taking a trial.
Actually this is the age of specialization. A man knows only about his
own profession. In every other trade he is a fool. If I think I can
select a good carpenter or doctor or lawyer or electrician by talking
to him, I will most probably select the wrong person. If some expert
promises big benefits for very low cost and effort, we should be even
more careful. The wrong person will ask you to decide immediately and
give him money. A good expert will advise you to ask others until you
are sure. Some bad persons have high convincing power. They can offer
to sell Red Fort and Qutab Minar, take money and vanish. You can ask me
for true examples with proof if you wish. Even my relatives and friends
did not believe me when I warned them of this. They talk to unknown
professionals, select the wrong person and spend a lot of money and
time. Only when they get the unexpected results, do they accept that I
The safest way is to agree that you will pay this much money if this
result comes and that much money if that result comes and so on. But
this will cost more money and only a few experts will agree to this.
Second safe way
A less costly way is to use your legs. First find your friends or
relatives who had this experience. They should have walked that path,
selected a similar professional earlier and got final results. If not
your friends or relatives, then friends of friends of friends and
relatives of relatives of relatives. You should ask them politely what
they did right and what mistakes they made. If they can recommend a
good professional your are very lucky. Even if that professional
charges more money, it is better than an unknown professional who
promises better results or lower cost or has more convincing power. If
not, still your experienced friend will give very valuable advice on
what to do and what not to do.
You may feel, This friend says opposite of what I
believe. He must be a fool. Do not decide in a hurry. Talk to
more friends having experience. Then think, Are most of them are mistaken or am I
If you are ashamed to take friend’s time, offer a small gift. Once I
wanted advice from the son of my friend. I fixed a time and went with
some fruit. The father insisted I should not give the fruit. He thought
his son was useless. But the son was happy with the fruit. He spent
time with me and gave useful advice about his employer. This advice
saved me 100 times the money (9900% profit) I had spent on fruit.
Why people avoid it
The problem is that you will have to spend time and energy for this.
First you will have to search for such friends. Then you will have to
talk politely to them for 30 minutes or an hour. If you talk rudely, the
conversation will be over very quickly. Most people do not want to
spend 4-5 days (40 hours) in this work. They believe, I am so intelligent. I can judge any
expert by talking to him for 30 minutes. Why should I waste 5 days is
Later he may discover that instead of wasting 5 days, he wasted 5 years
by selecting the wrong person. For minor matters, a few minutes of
enquiry are sufficient. For important matters, many days or even months
of searching are better.
Teenagers are even more confident. They
believe they are the wisest person in the world, their friends are half
wise and every one else if a fool. Besides they hate talking politely
to some one for one hour to get information. Later after getting the
results they are shocked that some one was actually more clever than
they are, and was only pretending to be a fool. I believe 99% of such
teenagers, whether intelligent or not, make a wrong decision and the
remaining 1% make a good decision because of God's grace and their good
Karma in past life, and not due to effort or intelligence. I can give
reasons for my belief if you wish.
For example a relative of mine needed a lawyer. He talked to a famous
lawyer and paid him Rupees Eight lakh. This money was too little for
the lawyer. He did not make efforts and lost the case, costing crores
of rupees to my relative. If the relative had searched hard, he could
have got a more capable but less experienced lawyer for Rupees Two lakhs and promise to pay
him Rupees Two lakhs more if he won the case. Total cost rupees four
lakhs and win the case also with a profit of crores.
relative selected a teacher for her daughter. I warned her but she
believed her daughter is so
intelligent, she can select the right teacher in one hour.
I offered a bet of Rs.100 that she would get bad results, payable after
results. Still she did not listen and only after results, accepted that her daughter had selected a bad teacher.
Really this is a problem because of our culture. We are an agricultural
country. People followed the profession of their ancestors. They knew
every one in their village. They did not need to select experts out of
strangers. Some people are government employees. There orders flow from
top to bottom. People believe that a higher and more paid officer is
more capable than a lower employee. But in big cities the situations
are different. We have to cooperate with unknown experts. We will have
to learn new skills to deal with new situations. Suppose you want a
match for your son or daughter, it will affect them for 30 years.
I feel you should find about the qualities of a prospective match for 30 days or 200 hours. If you want
to buy a house, it will affect you for 10 years. You should verify the property
for 10 days or 70 hours. Maybe you want to select an unknown institute
for coaching for competitions, it will have effects for 5 years. You
should check the institute for 5 days or 40 hours. If some reliable
person tells that the choice is good, you can reduce the time of
checking. If you feel I made a
mistake, please inform me.