Collect Dots And Wait For Them To Connect

Devakinandan
3 min readSep 23, 2021

If you are a writer, even if you are not a writer, it is important and helps a lot to document your thoughts, takeaways from educational youtube videos/podcasts/Books, TED talks, etc…

Cause all this information you collect, all skills you built are like dots. at some point in the future, they will connect, they will connect. you must expect them to connect at some point in the future. every valuable information/takeaway every Valible skills have the potential to develop and helps you to advance your new skill. which compounds over time and produce massive results.

loot everything that you think is valuable, copy the favorite lines from your favorite books, Get used to pulling it out and jotting down your thoughts and findings. Copy your favorite passages out of books.

Record insightful podcast conversations.take points you like from different sources and try to frame it in your own style, save your thefts for latter.

See something worth looting? Put it in your notion articles folder. Need a little inspiration? Open up the articles folder. you can name that notion folder whatever you what treasure folder, fav clips saver, name it whatever you want.

Photo by Austin Kleon on Pinterest

“The artist is a collector. Not a hoarder, mind you, there’s adifference: Hoarders collect indiscriminately, artists collect selectively. They only collect things that they really love.” — Austin Kelon, Steal like an Artist.

I usually use“Notion” when I am on my pc and Google “Keep” when I am on my smartphone. Cause I can access that information from whichever device I want, and it’s easy to search.

I think Steve Jobs could be a good example of this.

This is a prepared text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005.

“10 years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course, it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backward 10 years later.

Again, 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. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

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Stay Collecting & Stay Connecting,

Devakinandan.

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Devakinandan

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