Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Connect the Dots: A Pep Talk From Steve Jobs

A few months ago, a friend of mine sent me an email that included a link. The text preceding the link warned that the video is long, but worth watching.

I have a confession to make. I don't always watch videos when people forward them. If I have time, sometimes I will, or if I'm looking for a laugh and the video is supposed to be humorous. But for the most part, I know if I'm on the computer I should be doing one of two things. Writing or communicating through one of many networking methods. Most other computer actions are superfluous for me.

But on that particular day, I needed some inspiration. Remember how I told you I've been doing hard things lately? Yeah, well, it's an ongoing process. But I think that's true for everyone on the planet. Anyway, I watched the video, not knowing who this guy was or why his words should be inspiring to me. But they were. And I've been thinking about his story ever since. The three stories told in this speech reminded me that no one can look forward and see the future, but when you look back, it's easier to connect the dots to see how you became successful. Sometimes, success starts with failure. (Aka rejection.)

Tee hee. Um, yeah. I now know who this person is, and so should you. If you don't, you will when this video is over. Take fifteen minutes out of your day and let Steve Jobs give you a pep talk. You'll be glad you did.

Also, don't forget to come on over to Star Crossed to see my review of Heather Justesen's Rebound. What a fantastic book!


Janet Johnson said...

Okay, I confess I didn't watch the video . . . I'm like you, but Steve Jobs is one smart man. Good person to learn from for sure!

Carolyn V. said...

I did watch the video. LOVED IT! Wow. It was amazing. Thanks Nichole!