Sometimes You Only Can See the Purpose in Retrospect

Steve Jobs on happenings of which you see the purpose in retrospect. Image courtesy: Wikimedia.

Steve Jobs on happenings of which you see the purpose in retrospect. Image courtesy: Wikimedia.

Do you recognise that looking back on your life, you see that there have been moments in your life that contributed to what you did, you only can see the purpose in retrospect. That’s great about this inspiring speech of Steve Jobs he addressed to students of Harvard University. Take about 15 minutes to watch the movie and take the contents to you.

Steve Jobs highlights three subjects:

  1. Connecting the Dots – seemingly insignificant moments in your life can bring changes that looking back are important
  2. Stop doing something can lead to something bigger.
  3. Death – do you really like what you are doing every day? Do you want to leave that behind as your legacy? Make your choice and act upon it. Follow your passion.

Steve Jobs talks about ‘Connecting the Dots’: you can see the things that happen in your life only when you live them and you don’t always recognise their significance on the spot. Looking back, you have the impression that what happened needed to be like this. Like a greater being had its hand in your life.

Open mind

This has a greater meaning than you may think. Do you always have a positive attitude on what is coming on your path? Are you looking into new opportunities, even when they’re not familiar to your thoughts and opinion, maybe even go against them? If you want to take best out of life, an open mind is needed. Just follow and trust ‘the greater being’ that seems to manage you, even if the territory is new. You need to walk on fresh grounds to go further than you already did. Then you give the dots a chance to connect in the future!

There are more lessons to take from this great speech. The most important is not in the speech but should be rather obvious: take action towards it.