This is definitely not the first time where I stop & think:
“Hey, are we doing the things that I really want to do?”
Moments later …
“Are we just doing it just for the sake of a short-term goal? Or are we just pleasing someone behind our backs?”
I believe everyone had somehow asked themselves this question before, somewhat directly or not, or during the times where you are in the middle of the crossroad.
No matter what the situation might be, this same story (from Steve Jobs) came back to me:
When Steve dropped out of college, he went for a lesson tour; sitting in and switching lessons that he had a keen interest in & one of the important lessons he sat determined the great typography in Apple Computers. Did he not drop out of school and sat for that particular lesson, Apple Computers will never look the same again.
As all of us, forward-looking people who move on the ranks of the society, I think we should some-how understand the concept of connecting the dots. Similar to the drawing game that you might have played when you are young, it is all about connecting the dots in your path:
Unlike the image on my left, if all the dots were so detailed, there’s basically an outcome that you can already foresee. I strongly believe that in many scenarios, all of us (including myself), pick up & learn new things that some of the times, we have no interest in or something that’s in no relation to our career paths.
However, sometimes, through this minor pockets of learning in everyone’s life, the invisible dots in our destiny will appear & if the lines were drawn perfectly and to scale, it will definitely give you the perfect image.
Notice that all of the dots are entirely dependent on no-one else other than you. Furthermore, all of this dots would never exist unless you went sourcing for opportunities or it literally came knocking to you (Rarely),
Here’s the punchline: Even though opportunities do exist, just like dots with labels in the picture (above), the lines are oftenly not drawn & soon enough, the labels and the dots will fade away. With another opportunity lost. It’s about how we connect the lines and find the right dots.
While I could only speak about myself, I’m still try to get my lines drawn (At best) & of course, if you got it connected, let me know!
Best of luck connecting those dots!
Source (Image: Colouring Page Sheets)