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Is Connecting The Dots Of Your Life Important?

connecting the dots

I watched Steve Jobs  famous speech given at Stanford University in 2005 yesterday for the umpteenth time. If you are familiar with the speech you will know Steve Jobs tells three stories from his life and talks about connecting the dots.

 

Each story shows how a series of events moved him to a new place or direction in his life.

 

Watching it got me thinking about my life and connecting my own dots.

 

You can watch the speech here.

 

 

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” Steve Jobs

This quote rings very  true for me.

When I am going through what can appear a terrible situation I can never see the silver lining or understand what good may come from it.

It is only looking backwards, sometimes years later, that I see the gift in what appeared to be such adversity.

Can you relate? Can you look back at how a series of events in your life ultimately connected?

Over the years I have come to trust “the dots will somehow connect in my future.”

I believe connecting the dots in our lives is important as it helps us move on.

It helps us get through tough times when we trust and believe that ultimately the dots will connect.

Here are three examples from my own life. I could write a book on each but for now I will give a very quick overview.

Connecting the dots – Example 1

 

When I married my husband he had a farm machinery dealership in country Western Australia. The parent company of the farm machinery we sold had gone into receivership when our daughter had just celebrated her first birthday.

 

We had tractors, headers and other farm machinery on floor plan (a system where you pay interest on the items until you sell them – I think it was around 18 per cent at the time!). We also had a high level of spare parts we owned. All of which pretty much became obsolete over night.

 

Just over a year later we closed our doors, sold what we could to clear our business debts (including our beach front house) and moved  to Perth to start again.

 

It was back to Perth for me, but given my husband had grown up in the country and taken over the family business this was a big deal for him.

 

I was fairly optimistic and knew I could go back to my profession of accounting.

 

My dream to stay home with my daughter looked like it would not be realized but I knew I could feed us and it seemed like the only solution.

 

I went back to my accounting profession and  my husband studied and became a financial planner.

 

Together with another partner we ultimately built a financial planning firm.

 

The  events in our life that seemed so  devastating at the time turned out to be a gift in disguise.

 

Looking back at this major change in our lives  it was easy to connect the dots even though it seemed like such adversity at the time it happened.

 

 Connecting the dots – example 2

 

My second example is also business related.

Some years later we moved from Perth, Western Australia  to Sydney to start a new business.

The business was built  on the back of our financial planning business. We promoted and sold  investments  using taxation laws of the time. The investments were based mostly on Agriculture or Research and Development.  Investors obtained a tax deduction for investing in them. In most cases this put money back in people’s pockets. This made the investments very popular.

As a result the business  was very successful and life was very good. This was to be short lived and the success was brought to an abrupt halt due to a legislation changes by the Australian Taxation Office.

The Tax Office had accepted this type of investment for many years . We always thought that the day would come when they would change the laws.

 

What we never expected was that they changed them over night retrospectively.  Once again – overnight we pretty much had no product and had to finally close the business.

 

I certainly could not connect the dots at the time. I could not accept any good would ever come from this change and abrupt end to our success.

 

Looking back I can connect the dots and enjoyed the change in career path that resulted for me.

 

Connecting the dots – example 3  – trusting the dots will connect in the future 

 

This is an example of how we cannot connect the dots looking forward but can trust they will ultimately connect.

 

I am currently building up my health after the biggest crisis in my life.  In January this year I learned I had a serious health challenge .

 

I am through the worst of the situation now and gaining  my strength again.

 

From day one of learning my diagnoses I went into a place of knowing this was indeed a life changing event. I am still connecting the dots. What I know for sure is that I will use this experience to benefit others.

 

Because I have been able to connect the dots of previous experiences in my life I have been able to hold myself in a place of trust. This is why I know connecting the dots of your life is important.

 

Have an amazing day!

 

sue price

 

 

 

 

 

Namaste

 

Sue

 

14 thoughts on “Is Connecting The Dots Of Your Life Important?

    1. Sue Price Post author

      Thanks David. I have heard that speech by Steve Jobs many times and it makes sense to me. It does give us confidence when we can hold onto the thought that one day it will all make sense.

  1. Rory Singh

    Adverse situations are not pleasant (especially when we are walking through them). But they are always a blessing in disguise. I strongly believe that ‘adversity’ is the ‘Gate Keeper’ to the next phase in our lives (if we learn the lessons each adversity is trying to teach us). And it sound like you have been learning. Powerful post and message Sue! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Sue Price Post author

      I love how you have said that Rory “I strongly believe that ‘adversity’ is the ‘Gate Keeper’ to the next phase in our lives” and yes we need to learn the lessons for this to apply. Thanks for your great comment.

  2. Kerry Lang

    Sue thanks for sharing your stories I really enjoyed each one and I totally agree that all too often when these challenges are upon us we find it hard to fathom how something good will come of it. And that’s when faith steps in. I’m so glad you’re health has improved.

    1. Sue Price Post author

      I am glad you enjoyed my stories Kerry none of them were fun when I was “in”them. You are spot on in saying that is where faith steps in. It is sometimes tested but so necessary to get through these times. Thanks for your comment Kerry.

  3. Liz Powell

    Hi Sue, thank you for sharing your stories of how you and your husband found the dots in your lives to join up, to continue evolving together – it’s really inspiring! Wishing you good health, Liz

  4. irene franzese

    Wow Sue, very powerful post. Steve Jobs speech is also powerful. I believe we have to trust in God that he is showing us the way. I will take a closer look at my own dots and trust that I will be connecting them all very soon…Thanks for sharing Sue

    1. Sue Price Post author

      I hope you do look at your dots Irene. It is an amazing thing to do. I too loved Steve Jobs speech. So sad he was gone too soon. Thanks for your comment Irene.

  5. Shaun Trewern

    It is so true that we can usually only see the good in a bad situation while looking back on it. Learning to trust the future releases us from so much stress and worry about how things will work out. An awesome blog Sue, and I’m so glad you’ll be able to look back one day at your health challenge and find the dots connected. 🙂

    1. Sue Price Post author

      You are spot on Shaun in saying that trusting the future releases us from much stress and worry. I am looking forward to being able to look back on my health situation and connect the dots. The day is not quite here as yet. 🙂 I know you understand with your own health issues.

      Thanks for your comment Shaun.

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