Making the right connections

Seth Godin recently blogged that all artists are self-taught. He says:

“…the ability to connect the dots and to make an impact–sooner or later, that can only come from one who creates, not from a teacher and not from a book.”

Someone I was speaking to a few days ago asked me “so how do I become a versatilist”? Unfortunately, at the time, I did not have a good answer. Do you read more? Do lots of different stuff? Gather more experiences? Mix with interesting people? Sure, all of these will help but they alone do not make you a versatilist. What I now realize, helped along by what I read in Seth’s post, is that the really important thing is making more connections. Anyone can acquire knowledge but its making the right connections that counts. As Martin Frost says here:

“Connections are the work of creation. Seek out those who seem wise and knowledgeable, but don’t leave your critical faculties (nor your cynicism) at home.”

Finally, just in case you need any more convincing of the importance of making connections, here’s Steve Jobs in his Stanford commencement speech:

“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.”

Today we have the potential, with the web, of being connected like never before. We have the ability to reach out and connect with anyone and everyone. As long as we remember to hold on to our critical faculties (and some of our cynicism) we all have the ability to make connections and create like never before. So, go ahead and connect.

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4 Comments on “Making the right connections”

  1. Peter Ward says:

    Yes, I like this. Connect, connect, connect! Link ideas together, see links that others don’t, drive linkages that bring value. And don’t expect others to make it easy for you — they like their little areas and can’t cope with those inter-disciplinary connections. But it’s here, in the links, that progress is made and value created.

    • Peter Cripps says:

      Hi Peter, Thanks for your comment. I think the web give us opportunities to connect in ways we could only dream of even a few short years ago. However the power of a bit of “face-to-face” connecting still never goes amiss. Pete

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