How often do you go where the sidewalk ends –either recreationally or professionally?
When most people think Las Vegas,
they usually think of a casino on the Strip.
Perhaps they remember a dinner, a Cirque show, or a night of gambling.
And that’s great and amazing.
But go a short distance in any direction,
and you’ll quickly see that you’re deep
in the bone dry Mojave desert 🏜️
A place that can go 270 days without rain.
This morning, I went running 👟
out past the sidewalk’s end.
I ran up into the foothills.
And there I spotted this view–
Monsoon clouds tumbling down
out of Red Rock Canyon.
🛑 I stopped my run,
🪨 sat on a rock, and
👀 watched the clouds
👂and listened to the desert.
Most of the world takes clouds ☁️
(and even rain☔) for granted.
But in Las Vegas, clouds–
esp. fluffy gray clouds filled with rain–
are a rarity here.
This is the sort of view you wouldn’t get anywhere on the Strip or in most parts of the city of Las Vegas.
You have to go where the sidewalk ends
to get broader perspective and
expand your horizon.
If you’re going to practice #thoughtleadership,
you need to be willing to go out
past the edge of civilization
beyond the sidewalks, road signs, and curbs.
Go past the generations of innovations
that have made the world safer
and more structured.
Step into the untamed and
liminal spaces of possibilities.
You don’t need to go far.
This photo was taken just a few minutes walk
beyond where the sidewalk ends.
I’m reminded of one of my favorite quotes
from Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden.”
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
The purpose of thought leadership
is to make the invisible visible.
And share what you have seen with others
who will benefit from your perspective.
That’s how you create impact for yourself, your org, and your audience.