I read a fact that surprised me so much I am still thinking about it days later: The International Space Station is closer to Earth than Los Angeles is to San Francisco. Whoa!

I had to look it up, but it’s true: Space Station to Earth is 254 miles; LA to San Fran is 381.

I don’t know what I thought the mileage would be but it was more than it is. “Space” seems so big and so far away – elusive, really, at least for us mere mortals. But in reality, while it is distant, it is within reach for a growing number of people.

Aspirations are often like space – we dream about something but don’t take concrete steps to turn it into reality because it feels so massive and unattainable. We spend our time plodding along between the metaphorical LA to San Fran instead of reaching for the stars.

Maybe you’re closer to what you desire than you think.


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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