Have You Noticed the Recent Explosion of Infographics?
If you are interested at all in Visual Storytelling, there is no doubt that you have seen a ton of them. This can be good thing, but an oversaturation of these detailed images can overwhelm and under inspire.
Nevertheless, I was interested to recently see the “21 Ways to Find Your Creative Genius” infographic created by Lemonly for Entrepreneur Magazine.
I thought, “I wonder what they will come up with?” And, “It might be good to see all of this one one place.”
After a few moments of un-inspirational reading of familiar ideas (“Focus”, “Say Maybe”, and “Ask 3 People”), I dropped down to the quote at the bottom of the image. I saw it was from Steve Jobs, I read it and then, WHAM, I immediately saw the connections and felt the endorphins of discovery.
This is what Steve said…
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. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path.
This is Not News, But it Hit Me Anew
If you were one of the millions who watched Steve’s 2005 Commencement address at Stanford, you might have recognized this and many other memorable lines. The speech encapsulated his message to the world and people flocked to the video right after his death in 2011.
What got me today was that the quote hit me when I needed it.
When that happens you need to pay attention and take note.
Is This Thing Going to Work?
Recently, I’ve been fearfully wondering if this new track I’m on is worthy of my effort. I’ve been yearning to know, “is this going to work?”, and Steve reminded me of the super obvious reality I’ve been recently ignoring: it’s impossible to predict the future.
And most importantly when we look back on the past, we can often see it’s the “missteps” we took along the way that were actually turning points of new discovery. The myriad moments of seemingly disconnect things actually added up and formed the picture that we call meaning and purpose.
This takes faith, as Steve said “in something”. Find out what that thing is and don’t forget to remember it.
Here is the full graphic, created by Lemonly for Entrepreneur Magazine.
And BTW, I first found this at Creative Bloq