Vision (Connecting The Dots)disseminating seeds: The Series - INSTL 019When I think of Benjamin Franklin,
I immediately recall the impression of his likeness on the currency of the land. But lessons of vision and perseverance while bridled by challenge, certainly go far beyond that.
Examining Benjamin Franklin, one can be impressed that he was driven, self-educated, and endlessly inventive — some might even consider him to be the classical entrepreneur. To me, Franklin was less about being an entrepreneur, and more about networking with others. He was in fact, the quintessential social media manager of his time.All about connecting the dots.
He [Franklin] believed that if he brought people together in a relaxed atmosphere and let the conversation flow, opportunities would emerge. He set in motion a trend that the French writer Alexis de Tocqueville noted in Democracy in America, his 1835 classic assessment of the young United States,“That nothing was as distinctive [about America] as its people’s proclivity to form associations around interests, causes, and values.”This same vision and inspiration
to connect the dots, is something I witness each day in the likes of +David Amerland
and +martin shervington
, as well as in efforts underway by +CircleCount
Men and women of such vision are a wonder to behold.
When asked by a student during a recent +Glass in the Class
episode to expound on the evolution of working in groups within Google+, Martin suddenly was transformed to an almost blissful state of contemplation while gazing out from his balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean (http://goo.gl/wRRRO2
). Like a child pondering a wrapped gift on Christmas day, his eyes light up. With the wisdom of ages before, he ponders a connectivity of people — three, five, and even ten years into the future. That future, as he discusses, is built upon #relationships
. On Connecting the Dots.
Likewise, the men and women behind Circle Count and NOD3X present analytic tools. Some may see them as mere metrics measurements. Yet the vision behind these enterprises is built upon looking at the past, in order to build upon — Connecting the Dots.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”
This presence and state of mind probably could not forecast what the world has become today. But does it really matter that he could not see the technological advancements of the current day?No. It is simply the mind and vision to advance forward — and CONNECT THE DOTS.
~ owenQuestion: How are you making use of YOUR ABILITY to have vision and CONNECT THE DOTS? #disseminatingseeds #essaybyowen