How to Improve Your Powers of Observation

Chapter 14

It is the disease of not listening, the malady of not
marking, that I am troubled withal

Too many of us ‘see’, but very rarely observe“, is
Harry Lorayne’s suggestion.  So we are going to talk
first of our power of observation. For as Harry says,
to achieve a good memory ,”the eyes must see in
order for the mind to interpret.

Do You Really See What You Look At?



Did you read it right?  If not then you didn’t read it
completely, though understandably most of us don’t
read every word in a sentence.  So read each word
separately and see what you missed.

Another maybe better example is when following
people out of a theatre.  The line is packed going
out the big door when to the side is a smaller door
with hardly anyone going out it.  I see that at the
showcase lounge we go to.  We pretty well always
take the smaller door and get out sooner than the
ones lined up at the bigger door.

Harry feels we don’t see the obvious, the familiar or
the commonplace. I would say it is also a case of a
bit of sheep mentality, following the crowd without
bothering to observe our surroundings.

Harry suggests that we can learn how to be observant
by picking out certain things in a room, leaving and
trying to remember what we saw.  As we exercise
our bodies we also need to exercise our minds.

Everything we learn in life basically takes practice,
practice and more practice.  Harry says,”I only want
to assure you that if you look and listen with
attention and awareness you’ll not only save yourself
a lot of  time and trouble, but you’ll improve your
memory immediately

Samuel Johnson said, “The true art of memory is the
art of attention


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