Leadership – Steve Jobs says, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward”

Hola Todos!

I’ve been reading (and listening) to a lot of Steve Jobs over the past few weeks and the following quote from Mr. Jobs was spot on:

“Again, 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. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

I get a lot of questions from students about planning for their future career and the students are looking for “the answer” – an expectation to exactly what their future will be.  That answer doesn’t exist – we do not have crystal balls and can predict the future.

I always say, make a plan that you feel makes the most sense, given one’s strengths and weakness, and most importantly one that you are passionate about. Then you adjust as you go along given what you learned along the way.  A BHAG (big-hairy-audacious-goal) here and there never hurts either.

Go forward, just do, make adjustments, plan forward to the best of your ability and I bet the dots will connect looking backward.  Just have faith that they will going forward.


Best regards,

Dr. Dan-o


Daniel M. Ladik, PhD

Associate Professor of Marketing

Stillman School of Business

Seton Hall University




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