Have you ever heard of Steve Jobs’s speech to students at Stanford University in California in June 2005? He tells three short stories. He concluded the first by one saying this:
… you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. 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, June 2005
I listened to Jobs’s speech a few weeks ago and since then I can’t get it out of my head. If you are interested, here is a video of that speech. The entire speech is fascinating, but it’s in the first 6 minutes that he talks about the dots.
By the way if you have not figured it out yet, when Jobs talks about connecting dots, he is referring to this children’s game which consists of discovering an image by linking numbered dots to each other as in the following example.
What if our artistic journey follow a similar path to that of this children’s game and what if it is really enough to follow our heart to see it take shape? Would Steve Jobs be right when he said that we can only draw the links between what we experienced in retrospect? There is something very appealing about the way Steve Jobs saw things.
The Path of the Heart
Being of a curious nature and having a good learning ability in various fields, I often suffer from not having a clear guideline to follow in front of me. Sometimes I feel like I’m scattering my energy in all directions. Maybe you are a little bit like that too. However, if we believe what Steve Jobs said, all these moments spent following our heart and our multiple passions could, after a while, give form to a coherent whole. That’s really encouraging!
I admit that it tends to be true in my current life. At first glance, there does not seem to be anything in common between my long-standing interest in writing, personal growth, my quest for well-being in all its manifestations, my passion for painting and my curiosity toward the technology and the internet, but when I realize that I have a website (two in fact) and two blogs (one in French and this one) where I talk about creativity, painting and how to better live our creative journey, and that I also offer online courses (in French only) that merge, at least partially, a little bit of all that, it’s no longer possible for me to deny that Steve Jobs was right. I could only see the links between the dots by looking back.
A Higher Consciousness
Now, is this journey guided by karma, fate, your intuition or a higher consciousness? It’s up to you to answer according to your beliefs and your life’s experiences!
Personally, I believe in a higher consciousness, but I also believe in the power of our daily choices, words and actions. I do not think we are mere puppets manipulated by fate or otherwise. I believe that we have the power to make these choices that guide, at least in part, our artistic journey and our future.
What do you think?
And you, what do you think of all this? Does it make sense to you? Do you agree with the thought Steve Jobs expresses in his speech? Have you seen its veracity in your own artistic journey? According to you, would it be enough to follow our heart?
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