Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

Connecting the dots of 2018

We’re approaching the end of 2018. Most people (I’m included) begin to think about what we wanted at the beginning of 2018 and review our achievements. However, while reviewing I began thinking about several important events (not goals).

Eventually, even if you were unable to reach your goals, what if you think about important events in your year and connect them?

What I experienced was the power of connecting dots. It will bring you a greater understanding of your life than you might think. I’m sure you’ll discover how rich your life was and gain new insights into what your life can be in 2019. But there’s still an issue.

Why is it important to connect the dots?

When I was thinking about this I found this part of Steve Jobs Commencement Speech at Stanford University and it helped. He says,

”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.” (Steve Jobs)

Thus, instead of thinking about what you couldn’t achieve, think about connecting the important dots of 2018. I’m sure these connections will point the direction for 2019 that will make a difference.

About Miguel Panao

I am a Professor at the University of Coimbra in Mechanical Engineering. I am also author of books in the fields of environmental ethics and Science and Religion. From the several research projects, this site is personal and dedicated to the search for the best approaches, tools, techniques to improve scientific productivity.

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