Steve jobs had to overcome a lot of adversity in his life. Put up for adoption by his unwed mother, he was taken in by a working-class couple who had limited means to send him in the college. Although he eventually went to Reed College in California, he didn’t graduate. Throughout his limited college experience, he needed to sleep on friend’s floor because he couldn’t afford a dorm room. To get by, he returned coke bottles for the deposit money. He says that one good meal of the meal he enjoyed was every Sunday at a Hare Krishna temple, he had to walk 7 miles to reach.
After dropping out of the college, jobs decided to continue taking classes, but he didn’t feel compelled to take any of the required courses – he decided to take only those that interested him. One course was Calligraphy – a major strength at Reed. There he learned about ins and outs of typography, a skill that would latter help him when he was designing the Macintosh, which stood out from the computers for the beauty and variety if fonts- a feature that was since been widely imitated.
The key is the fact that had he not dropped out, he probably wouldn’t have been able to follow his instincts and take the course that eventually helped his product to stand out in the market place. You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards,” Jobs says. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in future. You have to trust in something – your gut, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down.”
Debriefing the story:
Many business leader have risen from hardscrabble circumstances. Key for success is about trusting your instincts and following your passion. You have to follow your gut and keep a faith that everything in future will connect. All the hard work you do now, will pay off in future. You need to have faith that tomorrow will be better than today.
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“Trust that dots will connect” can be used to share importance of
2- Following your passion
3- Overcoming Obstacles
4- Trusting your Gut
5- Having faith in God, karma etc.
Steve Jobs, commencement address, Stanford University, June 12, 2005: http;//news.stanford.edu/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html