As Steve Jobs noted in his 2005 commencement address at Stanford, connecting the dots is an important way to trust yourself. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards,” he said.
Have you ever wondered what it means to “connect the dots,” and how doing so can help improve your life?
The term “connecting the dots” comes from a game where you connect numbered dots to gradually reveal a picture. Now, this has become an expression for finding relationships between different concepts and experiences. The relationships you develop in your professional life assist you in finding solutions to problems, addressing common issues, and creating new methods for you and your coworkers.
The ability to see the big picture as well as zoom in on individual details is necessary for seeing the bigger pattern. Being able to focus on one task while also considering other possible issues, risks, and resources related to it is crucial to being successful. This allows you to be proactive and well-rounded in your approach so that you can anticipate problems before they happen.
This is easier said than done, but a great book to get started on developing this skill is Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind. In his book, Pink demonstrates how those who can think conceptually will thrive in the world through their creativity, empathy, and understanding. Imagination can assist you in resolving both immediate and future obstacles. With empathy, you can develop bonds with the people close to you, whether that’s relatives and friends or professional contacts. The quest for meaning is the central tenant and goal of life. By expanding my observations to include nature, visiting museums, reading materials outside of my normal interests, watching old movies, and traveling. I have been able to sharpen my perception skills.
To join the dots, you have to find a common ground that links all of the issues, ideas, and resources in your project. This might be something physical like an object or person, or it could be more ethereal such as an advantage, opportunity, threat, etc. Some people might say that past performance is an indication of future results, but being able to see things with a new perspective is what allows us to resolve difficult challenges. This makes you not only proactive but also someone who can add value to any team.
Being able to see the connections between things can help improve how you understand and approach problems, as well as give you an edge in life. This is especially true when it comes to your personal and professional life.
In what ways have you attempted to see connections and notice patterns?
If you want to achieve success in your personal and professional life, ask Levo Mentor Warren Buffett for advice. Warren is the Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.