Many of the best moments in my career have happened because of luck.
Shortly after the Apple Watch was announced, Apple approached one of our clients about building a WatchKit app. It would be one of the first available on the App Store. Day one. They asked if we could help.
Since I’d been doing a bit of work on the platform I, along with one of our client’s designers, flew down to Cupertino and spent a week working on the app at Apple’s campus. It was the highlight of my career. Here I was, working on a device that hadn’t even been released to the public yet. I was so lucky.
Or was I?
The truth is, I’d spent weeks poring over the WatchKit documentation, building apps, blogging about the SDK, and mocking up interfaces. I even 3D-printed a model of the watch – just to get an idea of the size. I was putting in the work.
Did I know it would lead to such an amazing opportunity down the line? Hell no. I thought the Watch sounded interesting and I wanted to build apps for it. But when the chance to do something cool presented itself, I was ready.
We never know where our careers will take us. It’s important we find time to explore new things. Try out a new platform. Build a side project. Collaborate with someone new. You never know which exploration will yield something that changes your path forever.
Steve Jobs once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.”
Which dots will you create today?