In his famous Stanford commencement speech, Steve Jobs said he was going to tell three stories from his life. The first one was about connecting the dots.
It’s about trust, confidence, and following your curiosity. A short story of how unrelated things end up connecting.
You do something without any hope of practical application in your life. And then later . . .
Take things that seem separate, connect them with another separate thing, and all of them together gain new meaning.
Much of what I stumbled into, by following my curiosity and intuition, turned out to be priceless later on.
It was impossible to connect the dots looking forward. but it was very very clear looking backwards.
You cannot connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.
Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even if it leads you off the well-worn path.
— Steve Jobs
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Looking backward, what have you experienced that had no practical application and yet your life today wouldn’t be the same without that experience?