Steve Jobs: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward”

2014 March 17
by david

“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; and that will make all the difference.”

– Steve Jobs


I’m a big fan of Steve Jobs—that’s obvious to anyone who knows me—although I’m sure I wouldn’t have liked working for him.

I read that there is now a web app (which was rejected by Apple for the App Store) that displays a new Steve Jobs quote every day.

This one felt particularly apt today as we’re about to launch a big enhancement to Gigmor. It sums up the challenge faced by entrepreneurs as we attempt to make a “dent in the universe,” to use another, more famous, Steve Jobs’ phrase.

You don’t know how it’s going to turn out so you have to have faith that it’s going to work out—somehow and some way.

Here’s another inspirational quote I came across the other day: Believe in belief. It was used by an Olympic swim team coach and it describes the power of positive thinking. You have to manipulate your brain into staying the course when times get rough. There’s no other way to accomplish something truly great because there are so many reasons to give up.

Keep the faith!

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