Being good at math, being a qualified engineer or having degrees in computer science was not enough for Steve Jobs. The mastermind of Apple’s success has a method of measuring the intelligence of those he wants to work with him.
That same approach, said Steve Jobs, is the key or secret to making quick and intelligent decisions in decisive moments. In fact, he explains what it is so that those who are not programmed in their minds can develop it.
But enough of the mysteries. Let’s see what this secret method of Steve Jobs is. Genius believes that connecting the dots is one of the most important characteristics of human intelligence.
In his commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005, he said, “You can’t connect the dots by looking to the future; you can only connect them back to back. So, you have to trust something: your gut, fate, life, karma, whatever. This method has never betrayed me, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Jobs believed that intelligence was the ability to see patterns and connections between seemingly disparate ideas. This ability is essential for innovation, as it allows people to find new solutions to old problems. Jobs also believed that connecting the dots was a skill that could be learned and developed.
In his book “Steve Jobs: The Biography,” Walter Isaacson tells a story of how Jobs encouraged students at Stanford University to take calligraphy classes, even though they had no intention of becoming graphic designers.
The Apple co-founder believes that calligraphy will teach them to appreciate the beauty of form and proportion, which will serve them well in any field they choose.
Connecting the dots is a valuable skill for anyone, regardless of their profession or interest. By learning to connect the dots, we can see the world in a new way and find new ways to solve problems.