Steve Jobs connects dots

Posted on June 8, 2010


With the recent announcement of the release of the iPhone 4 and the recent sensation of the iPad, Steve Jobs and Apple are once again in the spot light. In today’s culture, there is so much emphasis on education as the key to success. However, it’s amazing that this adopted child, who dropped out of college and was once fired from Apple is now one of the industry leaders in technology. Jobs has shared before that the key to his creativity was all of his past failures. In this quote he defines creativity:

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask a creative person how they did something, they may feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or have thought more about their experiences than other people have. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. They don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions, without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better designs we will have.”
– Steve Jobs

So as creative leaders, stop focusing on your successes and start focusing on new experiences. Your failures and experiences are the keys to helping you reach your fullest creative potential. You can’t connect the dots a head, you can only do it looking back. Make mistakes and experience life first then connect your dots later.

By the way, Jobs took a lot of crticism for the ‘incompleteness’ of the iPad. It was just reported that Apple is selling an iPad every three second. Not bad.