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Connect the dots

Arvind Mani Nadi
Thursday, November 30, 2017

A young unwed girl belonged to a conservative family. She became pregnant at the age 23 by an Arab. But she could not convince her parents to marry him. So she put up the baby for adoption.

All she wanted was that the baby would be adopted by educated college graduates.

And she was relieved when the family of a lawyer decided to adopt the child. But things did not go as planned. At the last minute, the parents refused to adopt the baby.

And the baby ended up being adopted by an uneducated family, only on one condition — that one day he will go to college.

17 years later, he did go to college. But he dropped out just after six months. The parents were sad but the son convinced them that one day he will become successful. Even without a degree.

And he went on to become the greatest innovator of all time. His name was Steve Jobs.

Steve might not have found his purpose if he wasn't adopted. And Apple might not have existed if he hadn't dropped out of college.

Steve was invited to give the commencement speech at Stanford University (one of the most prestigious universities in the world) in 2005.

In his address, he said, "You cannot 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. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence and that will make all the difference."

Steve's story tells us that there is a reason for everything in life; and you can always figure it out.

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