Perfect is an elusive goal and it stops too many people from acting at all.

I know people who are miserable in their jobs but find reasons that all the other opportunities aren’t right for them. There are citizens who don’t vote – or don’t vote for major candidates – because they disagree with one thing they have done or one component of their platform. Others do nothing toward solving a major problem because they don’t have the perfect answer to address all aspects of the complexity, so they continue wrestling with options rather than starting toward some improvement.

Making progress often comes as a result of small steps and compromises. The initial phase of anything new is fraught with trial and error, but part of growing is making those adjustments that improve conditions along the way.

The house you move into may never be a perfect fit, but it becomes your home. The college you chose might not offer everything exactly as you had hoped, but you craft a great experience from your time there anyway. Your partner didn’t check all the boxes on your list and sometimes makes you crazy, but you remain committed to them.

As the midterm elections approach, you won’t find a perfect candidate on the ballot in either party, but you should make the wisest choice you can and vote anyway. The same goes for that next new opportunity – if it provides promising potential, you should say “yes.” Make yourself better and work your way to best rather than staying in place waiting for best to find you.

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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