“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs
Connect the Dots:
The quote is from a speech Jobs delivered at Stanford University. What Jobs says applies to most of us. As our crystal ball gazing may not yield fruit, it is imperative that we try our best in whatever we do and hope that in the future someway the dots will connect.
For example, you may coach your local little league purely from an altruistic point of view. And imagine if one the kids’ parent ends up being a doctor who treats your child’s serious ailment?
You lost your job and were heartbroken and desolate. But the shock to your system made you explore entrepreneurial opportunities and today you are a proud owner of a franchise operation making twice as much as your job with ten times as much satisfaction. At the moment of your job loss, you probably would not think about how it may become the catalyst for a better turn in your life.
You will never know what event, person, and place will lead to what in the future. However, some basic things will always pay dividends. Work hard. Be nice. Help others. Pay it forward. And trust the dots will connect somehow, somewhere.
Agree? What would you do differently if you know each action or milestone may ultimately consummate into a cohesive system at some point in time?
Can you share any instances of where unbeknownst to you the dots connected?