Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards

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“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards” ~ Soren Kierkegaard

Today a simple thought around living life.

Learn from the past, analyse it, study it all you will so you can learn more about yourself, others, your business, your leadership.

When it comes to the future, however, trust yourself.

Like the kid on the skateboard, he knows what he has learned about riding a board so far, now he has to just go for it!

Today sharing (not for the first time) my favourite speech of all time, as the first of three themes within it is all about this.

“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. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” ~ Steve Jobs

Trust yourself

First, a link to the transcript of this, my favourite speech of all time, then a post I wrote a while ago with three great graduation/commencements speeches:

  • This is Water – David Foster Wallace
  • Nine Life lessons – Tim Minchin
  • How to live before you die – Steve Jobs

Finally, the full Stanford commencement speech by Steve Jobs in 2005:


Also published on Medium.

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