Connecting the dots

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By Andrea Severini (1993)LSP Assisi/Italy.

“You can’t 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. 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’ speech at Stanford University)

Steve’s Jobs’ speech was about three stories of his life.

One story was about connecting dots: he explained that he dropped out of college and started following a calligraphy course without any idea of its practical application in life, but then ten years later when he was projecting the first Mackintosh Computer it all came back to him, and he designed it all into the Mac.

The conclusion of the story is that seeing the connection of the dots of “experience” was possible only looking backwards ten years later.

There are many events, good or bad, that can easily change our life since its early stages.

The first thing is the education we receive that becomes, in my opinion, the key with which we make choices and important decisions.

Meeting new people is also fundamental in our life: there are people who can influence us in a positive or in a negative way, but they always give us opportunities.

Then there are hard events to face: sometimes we are alone, in other cases we are not, but it is clear that to face problems we must be ourselves and decide on our own.

In this moment of my life I cannot predict what the result of some long term choices (like university or work) will be because there are too many factors to consider.

Like Steve Jobs we choose and do the things we consider important. We can’t imagine if and how those choices will prove fundamental but for sure there is always an unknown element. Steve Jobs didn’t know how to use the calligraphy course he attended and he had no economic security but thanks to his will and his experiences he employed it in the Mac.

This is fundamental because all the decisions, the little things, the difficulties that we find on our way may hide something useful for the future, probably much more than we expect.

So this is the moment to study and have experiences in order to build the basis for our future!