They Don't Actually Connect Looking Backwards.
At least not in the way that is commonly interpretted. For all those who haven't seen Steve Jobs' awesome talk - How To Live Before You Die, he quotes the following:
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. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path.
I love this quote but it's rather obnoxious. Here's a fun statement that makes it redundant:
Wherever you go, there you are.
So, of course the dots will always connect looking back. Where you stand right now, is the product of what you've done thus far. The problem with this quote is that it has us ping far too much significance on particular events. We then in turn tell some bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed person...
"Hey, here's what you need to do to get to where I am! You just need to follow step x, y, and z! See? I did them, and that's how I got to where I am!"
...But, as I mentioned in my previous post, this just doesn't make sense. At any given past "dot" there are thousands upon thousands of other dots that surround that particular one. Do you realy think it was just that you believed in yourself? Or could it be that it also was that you woke up on time that day? Or we're in a great mood? Or had been learning programming and design for the past year? Or have a super fast metabolism? Or are from an affluent family? Or accidentally heard about that conference you wound up going to? And so on..
Our current locations are the product of thousands of variables. Those whom achieve massive success and utter failure have habitualized a myriad of other things. And when things become habit, when they become natural, we aren't likely to mention them when others ask how we achieved or failed x.
J Cole Morrisonhttp://start.jcolemorrison.com
Startup Engineering, former Techstars Hackstar and AWS Solutions Architect. Based out of Sacramento, California.