Steve Jobs gave one of my favorite commencement speeches of all time at Stanford in 2005. In it, he shares three stories. The first one is titled “Connecting the Dots.”
He dropped out of college. He didn’t see the point. It was costing his adoptive parents a fortune. However, he continued to audit classes. Including one in calligraphy. By day, he learned about ‘serif’ and ‘sans serif’ typefaces. By night, he slept on the floor of his friends’ dorm rooms. When would he ever use a calligraphy class again?
Ten years later, he was building the first MacBook computer. He created an entire suite of fonts. It was the first personal computer of its kind to feature multiple typefaces.
He concludes the story by asking students to experience life. “Trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
Share a time with me when you did something random. How did the dots eventually connect for you?