How many dots does he connect? : Day 12 of 31

I count eleven:

I don’t think I create anything. I’m really serious — I discover the ideas

If you understand how to think . . . If you have a background of graphic art, and you are a sports fan, and you’re literate, and you’re interested in politics, and you love opera, and ballet’s not bad either, and if you understand people . . . and you understand language, and you understand that product, and you understand the competitive products . . .

and you put that all together in about ten minutes — the idea’s there.

— George Lois, famous for his magazine covers in the 60’s and 70’s

See, it’s easy. Respect all your interests and background. They can add up naturally when you need them to. You just have to pay attention.

What are you needing understanding on right now? How are your random interests and background helping?


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Gary Morland helps you feel better about your most challenging family relationships, and helps you actually improve those relationships - all by adopting simple attitudes, perspectives, expectations, and actions (the same ones that changed him and his family).


  1. Joy Manoleros

    I connected these dots a couple years ago in class as I was asked to write a resume – after 25 years of being a stay-at-home mom. That’s when the aha moment came… and I realized that every random thing I’d ever done wasn’t random at all – it was all equipping me for a purpose.
    I still haven’t locked in on the purpose part yet, but I know every step is part of the puzzle.

    Thank you for your influence in the process. It’s more than you know. 😀

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