“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, Stanford Commencement Speech 2005
I received the news of Steve Jobs’ passing while in my online class session – in front of the only Mac in my predominantly Windows-OS office, in front of my iPad that had my reading materials, in front of my iPhone where I kept watch of my work emails. I never met the man personally, but in that moment I was very cognizant that this human being who had just passed away was very connected to how I live my life as another human being in this world.
The quote above from Steve Jobs talks about making connections and trusting in something within yourself, but I think there’s something to be said about a man who was not only an innovative and creative thinker, but one who believed in something enough to make things happen for himself and others. There are so few people in the world that can conceive of “dots” that do not yet exist for themselves – the kind of perspective to drive the framework of their own life – let alone that that framework could be something that involves the lives of so many others.
And if Steve Jobs’ life and legacy is a reflection of the power of perseverance, of thinking outside of the box, and belief in oneself – how much greater the world might be if we all began to do the same.
Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs. Thanks for thinking differently.