July 23 2015

Connect The Dots by Randi Salko, SFTL CEO and Allie Fink, SFTL Contributing Writer

912cb9405f06cb521adde075bd3618d4One of our favorite inspirations comes from Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005.  As he shared that day, he dropped out of Reed College after 6 months, but he hung around for another 18 months taking classes that interested him.  One of those classes was calligraphy for which Reed College just happened to be known.  He loved it, but as he himself acknowledged, “no hope of practical application,” right?  Wrong!!!  The First Mac became the first computer with beautiful typography because of that calligraphy class.  Of course, everyone else followed along.  So all those pretty fonts we all like?  If he hadn’t dropped out, and then “dropped in” on calligraphy, we probably wouldn’t have them today! We’re big believers in the philosophy that Steve Jobs shared that day, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. 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.”  We think this starts to become even more true after High School.  Your major, your sorority, your first job, and on and on.  Lots of things may not turn out the way you imagined or planned, but you have to trust that looking back it will all make sense.  Our contributing writer Allie Fink shares her thoughts on connecting the dots looking back as she reflects on her first year of work: 1544347_375508392650385_4391818016541502905_n I’ve come a long way in the year that I’ve been working. It took me some time to change my mindset after graduation, to embrace the uncertainty and become comfortable not knowing my next steps. In our early teenage years, we are programed to plan ahead. We work to get accepted to the university of our choice, we strive to build out our resumes through internship experience, and before we know it, we’re interviewing for full time jobs. All of a sudden, we are faced with a major change. Our lives are no longer formulaic and our next steps are no longer predictable. This may freak you out (as it did to me), but it’s important to welcome the uncertainty into your life. Work hard, build strong relationships, and make every experience worthwhile. Focus on what is in front of you. If it is not making you happy, move on, but realize that no time was wasted. If you’re enjoying yourself, don’t worry about what’s next – things tend to fall into place naturally. Now, we’re not saying to drop out of college or even to take life as it comes, so to speak.  What we are saying though, is if things don’t break exactly as you expected, take a deep breath and move on.  Life has a plan for you, and it will all make sense somewhere down the road.  We promise!

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