Looking Backwards

“If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later. Again, 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

A quote from Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford commencement address about the creative value of dot-connecting and cross-disciplinary curiosity.

(via curiosity counts)

4 Comments leave a comment below

  1. We just found your blog again after a long time. Glad to be back!

  2. Wonderful! He quotes Soren Kierkegaard: “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

  3. This just made my day! Thanks!

  4. Look back to connect the future is the basis for a great view.