“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in a square holes. The ones who see differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify them, or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do!”….. You people know who you are…. Steve Jobs
The above quote along with this video CLICK HERE have shaken my world this month. Steve Jobs was a brilliant mind and my favorite part of his speech to the Stanford Graduates was about the "Dots". You can only connect the dots after the fact and until that moment...you have to follow your heart and your gut and have faith that you are on the right path. Trust that it will all make sense later.
This philosophy reminds me of a college student. All too often they take classes of interest to them or follow a major that feels right, only to be criticized by the world with questions of "What are you going to do with that?", "How will you use that degree in the real world?". My major, Exercise Science was laughed at when I went to school and yet I now enjoy a very fulfilling, happy and low stress career along with a comfortable lifestyle. While wisdom is priceless, sometimes experience can put out the fire of a young person's dreams. If more people would follow their heart, we could have more solutions and less problems. Apple has repeatedly solved problems during its exsistence. We cannot all be Steve Jobs, but we can take some of his words, apply it to our own life and live more vibrant days.
What's one of your Dots?
Did you ever feel like you were on one of those dots? Some project you were working on, conversation you were having or new idea felt like a "sweet spot". It felt just right, like the warm sunshine on your face after many cold winter days. Its a great feeling and its what happens when we follow our instincts to do what is right for us.
We all need encouragement
If you are having trouble getting on a dot, keep your mind open, do some meditation or journaling. You can also schedule a session with me via phone or in person to discover what your next step could be. In the mean time, take a deep breath, watch a sunset or listen to your favorite music and if anything...shut off electroncs and internet for a day and spend some time alone to re-connect with your innermost desires!
Let me know what your dots are or how you connect to the lessons Steve Jobs left behind.