’You cannot combine the dots going forward’ – Steve Jobs


As my life is transforming and developing this phrase keeps popping up once in a while. When I was younger, I thought that if I chose the right education, the right job or participated in the right activities, I would end up in the right place in the end. But there are so many things in this sentence that just don’t add up.

What is the right education for you?
I know that the ideal and the aim for many people is to finish a degree, become good at one particular thing and spend the rest of life doing this one thing. I bet you have been good at many different things during your life and that you have enjoyed hundreds of different activities. And I bet you would get pretty sick of doing any of them, if you had to do it for the next 40 or 50 years..

I remember when I was 20-ish and needed to figure out which university I should enroll in, which subjects to take. I narrowed it down to three completely different things. Sports, because I love it – basically. Marketing, because I liked the idea of being able to make a business one day and I hated economics – the easy way out. And English, because it was the foreign language I spoke the best – if I could, I would have chosen five different languages and studies them all, but I had to narrow it down to one.

I made a decision then. I found an education where I could combine two of my very different interests. Unfortunately, I had to say goodbye to sports, but I have found ways to include it in my life anyway – ooh and life isn’t over yet, is it? Interestingly, I grew tired of English as a language for study after two years. I found out that it wasn’t marketing as a subject I wanted to study, but only communication. What I am saying is, what I thought was right back then was probably right at the time, but things change and if I hadn’t tried it out, I most likely never would have found out.

What is the right job, then?
Is it a job where you make a lot of money? Or a job where you work really hard and become a Manager one day? I don’t know if there is a right job, as such, for anyone. For me, I know that a great job makes me want to get up every morning, it awakens the butterflies in my stomach and makes me feel really good. Luckily, there are many things that work these wonders – not all my jobs have been right for me, but when I look back I understand that I needed each and everyone of them in order to get to where I am today. Each of them taught me something or pushed me into new territories.

When I look back at my dots, they are all there for a reason. I have been struggling sometimes and felt that life was horrible, but all these feelings pushed me in new directions and into new decisions.

There are good and bad decisions, but the good thing is, either way you always learn from them. For instance, this week I learned to remember to check the weather forecast – it might not be hot even though you’re going to a beach resort…….

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