Connecting The Dots..!

connecting the dots

I am a technical person, but lately, I have read some of the marketing books by various authors and entrepreneurs. While I was reading the first few books I was like how can I apply all these knowledge. Often I used to get frustrated because there was no way I could apply them right away due to my background. Now that I have finished some of the books, I have started to feel that it’s okay if I am not able to apply these principles right away.

In the history of commencement speeches, the one that Steve Jobs made at Stanford University in 2005 has a unique place. It is by far one of the best commencement speeches ever and if you have not watched it yet here is the YouTube link.

In his speech, Steve Jobs shared that in his college days he was fascinated by the calligraphy course which was taught in the university. The course was not related to him but he took it anyway without ever knowing that it will be of any use. At that time it certainly seemed that it was of no use. The various fonts that we enjoy in our computers are the result of those calligraphy classes but it was impossible to think of its usage when he was learning those skills.

“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

I am pretty sure whatever you are learning will be of use in the future, not knowing is actually the part of the game.


John Green’s Commencement Speech 2013

Before going to the office today, I watched John Green’s commencement speech, 2013 at Butler University. John Green started his journey as a YouTuber in 2007. He is the author of best-selling novels, Paper Towns and The Fault in our Stars(also featured in Hollywood movies). He was also included in Time magazine’s list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2014.
I am his big fan.
We look at life as a journey from weakness to strength, meaning the hero starts with nothing and ends up with everything.
All our heroes have this characteristic in common, from Harry Potter to Steve Jobs. They all have started as a nobody and ended up as a somebody.
In his speech, he shared a different side of the story. He said, that the true hero’s journey is from strength to weakness.
CaptureIn college life, we used to be somebody, people knew our names, we were famous. The moment we entered into the adulthood, some call it the real life, we became nobody. In real life nobody knows our name, we are not famous.
The journey from being a somebody from college to a nobody in real life, that’s the true hero’s journey.
“For learning how to be a nobody, you will learn how not to be a jerk, and for the rest of your life if you are able to remember your hero’s journey from college grad to underling, you will be less of a jerk, you will tip well, you will empathize, you will be a mentor and a generous one”, he shared.
He reminded the graduates, of all the support they have got from their parents, mentors, and professors and how their sacrifices made it all possible for them to graduate.
I listened to his speech for a couple of times and every time I remember those people who helped me in my journey, the heart is filled with gratitude. How often we have forgotten the true heroes of life, people who actually helped us reach where ever we are in our life. They made sacrifices so often and still we don’t remember them.
He gave an amazing speech, I felt nostalgic, motivated and at peace, all at the same time while listening to it. It looks like I am exaggerating the speech but believe me, I am not.
I encourage you to watch his commencement speech and share your learning too.