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Quick Write 100711 “Connecting the dots”

The whole world has been saddened. Steve Jobs passed away. I woke up yesterday morning to know that my Time Line on Twitter was full of messages dedicated to him, the fact of which made me realize that we’ve lost someone truly irreplaceable. The following quote is for those who haven’t heard his commencement speech at Stanford University, as well as for the QWer who has watched the speech several times on the university’s website, but delved into it yet. The speech is just 15 minutes long, written clearly and cogently and full of gems.

In his speech, he mentions three episodes. The first story is “about connecting the dots”.
(http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html)

“If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them. 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.”
I interpret his message, just like many other people would do, that everything that happened in your life makes yourself you, and even if you’re in a difficult situation right now, you’ll be able to look back at the time some time later and realize that the dot has been connected to make yourself more like you.

(20 minutes / 321 words)

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