Not to me . . . well, wait, pay attention to what I'm writing here, this time, but later . . . pay attention to what's going on around you. Seriously.
Yeah, Sherlock Holmes did that horrible "Know how many steps in the staircase out front there are?" crap on Watson, which was kind of discouraging. No reason for Watson to know that. No reason to care. Sherlock Holmes probably only counted them to pull his trick on Watson and prove his observational superstardom. So don't just go, "Oh, Sherlock Holmes was special, and the rest of us can't observe anything of importance." It really doesn't matter how many steps are on your staircase.
Well, Sherlock Holmes observed and deduced what was important to him because it was important to him. And what was important to him might not be important to you. Do you care about the difference between the thumbs of a movie director and a snow cone vendor? Well, if you want a snow cone and the vendor doesn't have his cart full of shaved ice in sight, spotting his occupation really isn't going to help you out. To most of us, that cart with the ice and flavorings is the key component to recognize, and spotting that will get the job done.
But you have to at least be alert enough to see the snow cone cart.
While Sherlock Holmes was the great and powerful Sherlock Holmes, every single one of us has powers of observation, and that is something we should never forget.
I've been lucky enough to observe a couple things lately that turned out to be pretty important, so if you wonder why I'm blathering on about this particular subject, well, that's basically why. (And I apologize for the lack of further details at present.)