If you want to be creative, connect the dots : Day 10 of 31

Steve Jobs was pretty creative. A couple of things he said about connecting the dots:

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.

It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.

Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity.

You don’t have to have all kinds of incredible experiences; just thinking more about the experiences you do have can make a difference.

A lot of people . . . haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem.

The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.

Do you have any experiences, or hopes and dreams, that have always seemed random and out of place? Are they?


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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. Jerimi

    Yes, pattern recognition is both rare, and underappreciated. I love the quotes you used.
    As for hopes and dreams, I would like to write more. I would also like to someday get paid to do it. Right now I ~kind~ of get paid to do it, as I occasionally write copy for websites I build. It’s getting paid to write, but in a slantwise way.

    • Write write write! Don’t stop. It’s a journey. Do you read Jeff’s blog – goinswriter.com?

  2. Abbie

    I studied in Spain and took a summer missions trip to Mexico during and after college. For the past 8 years, I’ve lived in places where NO ONE spoke Spanish. Now I am back where there are native Spanish speakers I can connect with. All it takes is being willing to try out my rusty skills. Today I did.

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