Friday, March 30, 2012

Connecting the dots can only be done in hindsight

I quote from Steve Jobs:
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

You can only connect the dots when you have made the move. You can envision what the dots will look like, how it will connect, but you'll never know until you connect them. Try it, or you'll never know.


ed said...

That logic is differentially applicable for different classes. For most of the herd, who might think that wisdom can come from a greedy profiteering bastard like Jobs, it translates to, 'think so much for what?! Just do lah?!' - which is what i've heard enough chinese saying for way too long.

The ruling classes, however, of which Jobs is a part, make sense of the dots in the past so that they can manipulate it in the present, and hence, determine its evolution in the future.

They are in control of the means of socialisation, and hence, oftentimes, can predict what's going to happen in the future on the basis of the variables they manipulated in the past. Hence, you can say that they make the future with a greater degree of certainty that those whom are shallow enough to quote them with starry eyes.

They know, oftentimes, how things are going to turn out before they make their move. They know their opponent very well given that they do much to make their opponent what they are - i.e. the consuming masses.

chantc said...

I do not really agree that just by connecting the dots for events that happened in the past, you will know often on how things are going to turn out before it happens. This only shows that whatever event you're tracking lacks creativity and it's a market that entrepreneurs should focus on.

This post is not about Steve Jobs but about doing things in hindsight. You don't seem to like Steve Jobs much but do know that without him, we'll most likely still be stuck with Windows Mobile phones, tablets that look like overpriced normal laptops and Netbooks.

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