The author Todd Henry suggests these questions to ask yourself after reading non-fiction:
- How might what I just read apply to a problem I’m trying to solve, or to my life?
- What did I learn that I didn’t know before?
- How does what I read connect to other things I’ve been learning?
“The synthesis that results from disparate areas of exploration coming together that leads to a breakthrough. So your dedication to connecting dots will result in greater results than the individual dots alone.” – Todd Henry
Steve Jobs spoke about connecting dots on a larger scale in his famous 2005 Stanford 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.” The philospher Soren Kierkegaard echoes this idea: “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ”
You may not be able to connect all the dots in your life as you move forward, but you can gain insight via questioning your current curiosities. You never know what it could spark in the future.