“You’ve got to find what you love….and connect the dots”


 You can’t 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. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.

Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path.

Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Adress, 2005

The passing of Steve Jobs on October 4th, 2011 has brought forward a level of attention that for many is the first true glimpse at the man who is credited with influencing so many levels of our lives and that was ubiquitous with the iconic products he envisioned, developed and marketed.

There’s a tremendous amount of writings being posted in the past 24 hours and certainly a considerable amount more to come in the days ahead, so it would better served for you to take some time to surf, goggle and research out your own paths through the internet to find some exceptional perspectives of the man, his legacy and his view on life.

There comes a time when there are some very prophetic and visionary insights in the world that although aren’t directly associated with the fire service, but that resonant with the some of the core values, ideals and principles that we so many times try to strive to achieve or emulate as fire service leaders, officers or just plain contributing members of our respective organizations.

Whether you’re a practicing or emerging fire officer or commander, a designated leader or the unofficial leader, a seasoned veteran or a newly appointed probationary firefighter, there are some very important insights and values that can be identified in the words of Steve Jobs, especially in the context of his 2005 Commencement Speech at Stanford University. The video clip is posted as is a link to the transcript. I’m certain you’ll see the value in these perspectives and their relationship on what we work to acheive each day in our richly rewarding profession.

Simply stated, think about connecting the dots and finding your destiny while doing what you love.

Think about the possibilites that can be achieved, and the contributions that can materialize….think about your potential


  • Take the time to READ the text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005. HERE
  • A Collection of Inspirational Steve Jobs Quotes, HERE

Think about it:

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.” – Fortune

“Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Address

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Think Different, narrated by Steve Jobs

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